Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman…
Does writing it five times count? Do you have to say it? Oh well, never mind.
Horror fans have already had plenty of exciting films to digest so far this year, whether we’re talking about the return of such franchises as The Conjuring, while new life has also been breathed into the likes of the Saw and Wrong Turn universes.
The latest genre effort to earn acclaim from both critics and audiences alike is Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, co-produced and co-written by modern horror maestro Jordan Peele (Get Out).
Going in, most audiences will likely be familiar with the original 1992 film starring Tony Todd as the titular hook-handed antagonist. However, there are plenty of people who aren’t aware that it spawned two sequels before the 2021 film, never mind having already seen them.
So, after enjoying Nia’s imaginative approach to the urban legend, some will be eager to check out the other films in the franchise. Fortunately, there are streaming options available.
Here’s how to watch Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.
How to watch Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh
- The first sequel to the original – simply titled Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh – is available to rent or buy on Amazon Video and Google Play Movies.
In the UK, it is available to rent on Amazon Video from £3.49 and costs £5.99 to buy. However, it is currently unavailable on Amazon Video in the US, but can be accessed courtesy of a VPN.
There is also a Blu-ray release from 88 Films if you wish to purchase a physical copy.
Directed by Bill Condon, Tony Todd reprises the titular role and the narrative takes place three years after the Candyman murders in Chicago, following new characters as they strive to get to the bottom of this eerie mystery.
Upon release, it received largely negative reviews but has amassed somewhat of a cult following over the last three decades. It was followed by another sequel – Candyman: Day of the Dead – in 1999, with Turi Meyers taking over as director.
The arrival of Candyman (2021) has arguably made the canon more complicated, so let’s clear up any confusion about how the movies of the series are interconnected.
Candyman: The new canon
Nia DaCosta’s Candyman is billed as a direct sequel to the 1992 movie and those who have seen it will know that it touches upon key events from the first film – don’t worry, there will be no spoilers here if you haven’t.
Arguably, the best comparison to help make sense of the new Candyman continuity is 2018’s Halloween, which served as a direct follow-up to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, ignoring the numerous sequels that came after.
So, Farewell to the Flesh is a sequel that exists in a universe separate from the 2021 movie. Writers Nia, Jordan, and Win Rosenfeld essentially decided to emit both Farewell to the Flesh and Day of the Dead from the canon.
This means that you don’t have to have seen either of these nineties sequels to understand Candyman (2021). In fact, you don’t have to have seen the original either, but it will certainly help make the experience more fulfilling having known fully what happened to Helen Lyle (played by Virginia Madsen).
Considering the cast
If you’re curious about the cast before checking out Farewell to the Flesh, you can take a look at the players below:
- Tony Todd as Candyman / Daniel Robitaille
- Kelly Rowan as Annie Tarrant
- Bill Nunn as Reverend Ellis
- William O’Leary as Ethan Tarrant
- Veronica Cartwright as Octavia Tarrant
- Matt Clark as Honore Thibideaux
- Randy Oglesby as Heyward Sullivan
- Glen Gomez as the Kingfish
- Russell Buchanan as the voice of the Kingfish
- Joshua Gibran Mayweather as Matthew Ellis
- David Gianopoulos as Detective Ray Levesque
- Timothy Carhart as Paul McKeever
- Michael Bergeron as Coleman Tarrant
- Fay Hauser as Pam Carver
- Caroline Barclay as Caroline Sullivan
Candyman screens in cinemas from Friday, August 27th 2021.
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