'Candyman': The 5 Original Movie Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

The latest horror movie from Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta tells a story of racism, victimization and gentrification. While these themes were present in the original Candyman, they were never so prominent or pressing as in this film.

While the name is the same as the 1992 version, the movie is actually a direct sequel to that film, following Anthony McCoy (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), an artist living in the new apartments built on Cabrini-Green.

He investigates the legend of the Candyman for a new project, but his obsession becomes monstrous.

Throughout the movie are many allusions to the first, as well as the story itself linking.

We break down some of the things you may not have spotted. Ahead are some big spoilers for Candyman.

The Hole In The Wall

One of the first murders committed in the new movie is at the art gallery, when Candyman appears before the gallery owner (Brian King) and his intern.

Before that, Anthony began researching the urban legend, and even started to paint and allow himself to be influenced.

In a daring artwork, he placed a mirror on a wall for you to "Say His Name," then behind it was a room full of other works speaking to the legend.

This harks back to Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) in the first film, who goes to Cabrini-Green to investigate the legend.

Tony Todd as Candyman in the 1992 movie. He returns to the fold in the 2021 film. TriStar Pictures

She comes across the apartment of a woman killed by Candyman, realizing the apartments could easily be broken into due to the cheap building which meant one could tunnel between the rooms easily.

This is proven when Helen opens the mirrored cabinet in the abandoned apartment to find a huge hole leading next door, where there are also candy wrappers filled with razor blades.

The Restaurant And The Apartment

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in new movie "Candyman" Universal Pictures

Both Anthony and Helen must endure boring dinner dates with pretentious artists.

For Anthony, it is to help his wife Brianna (Teyonah Parris) further her curating career, while Helen must do her part to impress the academics at her university.

However, eagle-eyed viewers will notice some strong similarities in the restaurant, which has wood-paneled walls, red and black leather everywhere, and similarly dull conversation.

Along these lines is the apartment where Helen and her husband live, which bears a striking resemblance to the apartment of the art critic, as seen in the 2021 movie.

Returning Cast Members

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy and Vanessa Estelle Williams as Anne Marie McCoy in a production still from "Candyman." Universal

The big Easter eggs come in the form of returning cast members, of which two have a very strong link to the first film.

One is Vanessa Estelle Williams, who plays Anne-Marie McCoy. She played this role in the first film as well, and is distraught when she believes Helen has stolen her little son, Anthony.

In fact, the older Anthony is indeed her son, and he returns to visit her and ask some important questions about his past.

The other iconic cast member to return is Tony Todd, who played the original Candyman.

He returns to the new movie in the same role, this time in two ways: first as a reflection in a mirror, where Anthony has noticed he is becoming the villain, and at the end of the film, when he orders Brianna to tell everyone his story.

Finally, while she does not return on screen, the unforgettable voice of Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle is heard when her story is told.


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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy in a production still from "Candyman." His character takes photos in the former housing project Cabrini-Green. Universal

Cabrini-Green is, in itself, a very important character in the film.

In the first film, it is ignored by many, with gang members lurking around the entrances and the walls covered in graffiti.

This graffiti is referenced throughout Anthony's art, who uses this style as he evokes the legend of Candyman.

The opening shot in the 1992 film sees Helen and Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) arrive outside a tall building as they make their way inside to find the apartment of the murdered Ruthie Jean.

This is the same building used in the 2021 movie during the flashback scenes which showed young William Burke head to the launderette to find Sherman Fields (Michael Hargrove) hiding in the walls.

The Church

Tony Todd holds onto Virginia Madsen in the finale scene from the film "Candyman," 1992. TriStar/Getty

The finales of both these films happen in a church, both covered in graffiti and murals.

Again, this relates to Anthony's artistic background, but they also link to one another.

In the 1992 movie, Helen finds an image of herself painted on the wall showing how she was linked to the Candyman.

Anthony is also seen on the wall in his church in the 2021 movie, along with words almost showing how Candyman has become more than a legend, but an object of William Burke's (Colman Domingo) cult-like existence.

Bonus - Clive Barker's Book

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Colman Domingo as William Burke in "Candyman" Universal

While this is not a link to the original film, technically, there is an Easter egg moment which features the original story.

The first film and character of Candyman is based on the short story by Clive Barker, "The Forbidden," which tells Helen Lyle's story.

William Burke, who now runs a laundromat (likely after he had his formative experience with Sherman Fields in a laundry room) is first seen ready a book: Clive Barker's Weaveworld.

The story is about two normal people who become embroiled in a quest to save a magical world hidden in a tapestry, which could link to Burke's desire to keep alive the legend of Candyman.

Fans may remember William's surname, Burke, is also shared with Helen Lyle's psychiatrist in the 1992 movie, though this is unlikely to be a relation.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in "Candyman" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)