Candyman (2021 film)
Candyman is a supernatural slasher film written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and Nia DaCosta and directed by Nia DaCosta. In 2021, it was released in theaters. The film is based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden,” and is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. It is also the fourth entry in the Candyman film series. The cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Kyle Kaminsky. Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen, and Tony Todd reprise their roles from the original film in this sequel.
Universal Pictures released Candyman in theaters in the United States on August 27, 2021. Due to worries about the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed three times from its initial June 2020 release date. Critics lauded DaCosta’s direction and the film’s blend of social critique and horror, and it has grossed $66 million worldwide against a $25 million budget.
Candyman Release Date
Universal Pictures had planned to release Candyman on June 12, 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back to September 25, 2020, and then again to October 16, 2020., replacing Halloween Kills as the prior release date. The movie was then pushed back to August 27, 2021.
On September 17, 2021, Candyman was made released on demand.
Visual artist Anthony McCoy lives in Chicago with his girlfriend, art gallery director Brianna Cartwright, twenty-seven years after the events in the previous film. Helen Lyle, a graduate student who went on a murdering spree in the early 1990s, is an urban legend that Brianna’s brother Troy shares. When she attempted to sacrifice a baby, her rampage ended with a blaze outside the Cabrini-Green housing project. Helen was rescued by the residents before she died in the flames in an apparent act of self-immolation.
Anthony wanders around Cabrini-Green in search of inspiration, desperate for a creative spark to help him turn his career around. He ultimately encounters William Burke, the owner of a laundromat, who tells him about the Candyman’s story. Burke had a terrifying encounter with Sherman Fields, a hook-handed man suspected by the police of concealing a razor blade in a piece of candy that wound up in the hands of a white girl when he was a toddler in 1977. Burke mistakenly tipped the cops to Sherman’s presence within one of the tower blocks, leading to Sherman’s death by beating.
Anthony is inspired and creates a painting exhibit based on the legend of the Candyman, which he exhibits at Brianna’s art gallery. When the film does not receive a positive response from the audience, he is disappointed. That night, after pronouncing his name five times in front of a piece of Anthony’s exhibit consisting of a mirror, one of Brianna’s coworkers and his fiancée are slain by the Candyman, and Anthony finds himself painting a succession of portraits of unknown people. More people are slain after speaking the Candyman’s name, including an art critic and a group of teenage girls tormenting an African-American girl in a restroom, as the legend spreads.
Anthony is moved, and he develops a painting exhibit based on the Candyman mythology, which he shows in Brianna’s art gallery. He gets dissatisfied when the film does not receive a positive reception from the audience. One of Brianna’s coworkers and his fiancée are killed by the Candyman that night after saying his name five times in front of a component of Anthony’s exhibit consisting of a mirror, and Anthony finds himself painting a series of portraits of unknown people. As the legend spreads, more people are killed after saying the Candyman’s name, including an art critic and a gang of young females torturing an African-American girl in a lavatory.
rianna manages to flee the church and is pursued by Burke through Cabrini-Green, whom she fatally stabs. Burke has drawn the police to the spot, and Anthony collapses into her arms. The cops arrive and shoot Anthony dead. Brianna is taken into custody and placed in handcuffs. Brianna uses the police car’s rear-view mirror to summon the Candyman, despite an officer’s attempts to coerce her into agreeing that Anthony provoked the police into shooting him. He reappears in Anthony’s guise and slaughters the cops. As more cops arrive on the scene, Candyman disguises himself as Robitaille and tells Brianna to “inform everyone.”
The deaths and resurrections of the generational Candymen (Robitaille, Bell, Evans, George Stinney, James Byrd, Jr., Sherman, and Anthony) are portrayed in a mid-credits scene.
Candyman Film Stars
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Directed by Nia DaCosta
Based on Candyman by Bernard Rose & “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Cinematography John Guleserian
Edited by Catrin Hedström
Music by Robert A. A. Lowe
Distributed by Universal Pictures
August 27, 2021
Running time 91 minutes
Countries United States & Canada
Budget $25 million
Box office $68 million