The Candyman can!

I fondly remember my first introduction to Clive Barker. I was a kid an the 1980s and my favorite thing to do was to browse Walden Books at the local mall, looking for something new to read. I especially like horror (big surprise) and was in awe of Stephen King. One day, on the big table stacked with new releases at the front of the store I saw some crazy cover art. A man in a jail cell was surrounded by disembodied eyes. The book title, In the Flesh, sounded like something right up my alley and I had to have it.  

It didn’t take long before I was looking for all of Barker’s books (In the Flesh was the American title for one of the volumes of Barker’s Books of Blood).  I was a fan.

Being a fan I was extremely excited when Candyman hit theaters several years later.  It was based on a story from the Books of Blood titled “The Forbidden”. The film (starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen) transported Barker’s story from Liverpool to Chicago and changed the subtext from one about class to one about race. And it was perfect.

Candyman is an absolute classic; one of the best slasher-adjacent films ever made. 

Now producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) are bringing the world a sequel of sorts. The trailer is here and it is something to behold.