If a vengeful spirit is supposedly summoned by saying its name five times while looking in a mirror, maybe the one thing you should NOT do is say its name five times while looking in a mirror. Well, clearly no one in the new Candyman sequel got that message, because everyone is doing it! Good luck surviving until the end.
Directed by Nia Dacosta under Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Studios, the 2021 Candyman will be a direct sequel to the original 1992 movie, by passing the other two sequels (let’s all say farewell to Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh). The movie follows Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), the little boy that Helen Lyle saved in the first movie. He’s grown up now, moving back to Cabrini Green, which has now been gentrified beyond recognition. Suffering from artist’s block, Anthony becomes inspired by the legend of Candyman and starts to explore the stories that fuel the myth. Of course, that only invites interest from the vengeful spirit himself ...
And yes, the iconic Tony Todd returns as Candyman. Will Anthony be his victim?
On a more serious note, the new movie will dive deeper into the racial violence at the heart of the original story. One of the previous teasers used shadow puppets to tell the stories of three different instances where a black person was unjustly accused of crime and killed for it, including the original Candyman story, where the son of a slave was killed after beginning a relationship with a white woman. This new trailer harkens back to that teaser, using shadow puppets but telling a different Candyman story, one about a man giving candy to children in Cabrini Green, and then being beat to death after razor blades were found in the candy. As it turns out, the man was innocent and even after his death, razor blades still showed up in the candy.
Originally set to premiere in 2020, Candyman will now be released on Aug. 27.