October 26, 2021
The horror sequel Candyman will be released for home audiences in November by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment with a never-before-seen alternate ending and over an hour of bonus content, including a roundtable discussion on the impact of black horror.
The film will be released through digital retailers on Nov. 2 and become available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray two weeks later, on Nov. 16.
Candyman was released in U.S. theaters in August, more than a year after its originally scheduled release in June 2020. The date was postponed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film wound up grossing more than $61 million in U.S. theaters.
Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Kyle Kaminsky.
The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later. A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Bonus features include:
- Alternate ending;
- Deleted and extended scenes;
- “Say My Name,” a featurette in which filmmakers and cast discuss how the horror at the center of Candyman is both timely and timeless;
- “Body Horror,” an exploration of director DaCosta’s influences in the subgenre of body horror, and what Anthony’s physical transformation means to the story;
- “The Filmmaker’s Eye: Nia DaCosta,” which takes a closer look at the director;
- “Painting Chaos,” in which filmmakers reveal how Anthony’s artwork evolves throughout the film and how they strived for authenticity in recreating Chicago’s vibrant art scene;
- “The Art of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe,” in which the composer reveals some of the unconventional methodology he used to create the unique and haunting soundscapes sounds of the film;
- “Terror in the Shadows,” a behind-the-scenes look at how the analogue shadow puppetry scenes were created and an unpacking of why this ancient artistic medium was the most conceptually relevant for depicting the legends’ cycle of violence; and
- “Candyman: The Impact of Black Horror,” a roundtable discussion moderated by Colman Domingo about the relationship black Americans have with Candyman, the horror genre and the overall idea of monsters and victims.