I consider 1992’s Candyman to be the film that renewed my love of the horror genre, so I had extremely high expectations for Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele‘s sequel of the same name. Much like 2018’s Halloween, 2021’s Candyman is a sequel that more than lives up to the hype. With a stellar cast — including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo — and creative team, I would go so far as to say that Candyman should be the golden standard other sequels need to emulate.
The film, which premiered on Aug. 27, follows struggling artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) as he becomes wholly consumed by the legend of Candyman. Influenced by the stories of laundromat owner William Burke (Domingo), Anthony’s world begins to crumble as his girlfriend, Brianna Cartwright (Parris), starts to worry something supernatural is at work. Picking up 27 years after the events of the original, Candyman builds upon the world created by Bernard Rose and inspired by Clive Barker. If the original is an icon of the slasher genre, then this sequel is a worthy successor. Just in case my glowing recommendation isn’t enough to convince you to watch, ahead are three of the biggest reasons — including its clever connections to the original.