Candyman is one of the established horror icons during the 90s. He is also the only prominent horror villain from that era who is African American. He is a vengeful wraith who gets summoned if you mention his name five times at the front of a mirror. The original Candyman have a very tragic story. He was talented painter and a son of a former slave. He fell in love with a white woman during the times where interracial marriage was illegal. People dismembered his hand and poured honey on his body making bees swarm him to death.
As the new trailer for Jordan Peele’s remake of Candyman begins, Anthony McCoy tells someone not in the know how this boogeyman works: “If you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and KILLS YOU.” The reply he gets: “Who would do that?” Teens would, of course, which the very next scene proves.