It’s been nearly three decades since movie-goers have last seen the legend of the Candyman on the big screen.
After delays due to the Covid pandemic, directors Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s sequel to the original 1992 horror film Candyman hit theaters on August 27.
Where does Candyman 2021 pick up from the 1992 film?
2021’s Candyman takes place in the present, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers in Chicago were torn down, as Anthony McCoy and his partner, Brianna, move into a loft in the new gentrified Cabrini Green neighborhood.
However, the location of old housing projects in the Cabrini Green neighborhood was once terrorized by the word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman.
Anxious to use these grim details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens the door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
Candyman 2021 – Ending and post-credit scene explained
In 2021’s Candyman, the film does not end like its ’92 version, as the ending and post-credit scene suggests more stories could continue the story of the Candyman.
The ending of the horror film sees Sherman Fields, who became the new figure after being brutally murdered by police, choose Anthony as the next Candyman despite being an innocent man.
William Burke – a Cabrini Green resident who tells Anthony about the Candyman legend – kidnapped Brianna and Anthony, saying he must turn Anthony into the next Candyman to keep the legend alive.
Burke saws off Anthony’s hand and replaces it with a hook, knowing he would now become the new figure of fear for those around.
Brianna watches on in horror, believing Burke to be a madman, and quickly escapes, leading to a chase between them.
Burke catches up with her, but as she looks close to death, Anthony arrives and kills him, no sooner than the police arriving to shoot Anthony multiple times as he lay on the floor, defenseless.
Brianna is taken into the police car and is threatened by officers about her story, as they quietly pressure her to say Anthony attacked them, leading to the shots fired.
In horror, she summons the ghost killer as Anthony raises and starts his first killing spree, having fully become the Candyman.
He frees Brianna as she runs, finding him holding up a police officer before his face morphs into that of Daniel Robitaille, the original Candyman.
Robitaille tells her to “tell everyone” what she has seen, ensuring the legend of Candyman remains alive.
Robitaille’s return brings the film to a close; however, the ending reveals the full extent of the Candyman “hive” by showing all of their stories.
The stories of the five word-of-mouth killers in Robitaille, Anthony, Sherman Fields, Helen Lyle, and a young boy who was thrown in prison for a crime he did not commit after a woman pointed him out, seemingly suggesting he has assaulted her.