Viral TikTok Video of Spooky Mirror Sparks 'Candyman' Comparisons

A TikTok user had viewers hooked as she investigated a mysterious draft coming from behind her bathroom mirror, sparking comparisons to the 1992 horror movie Candyman.

Samantha Hartsoe posted the first two parts of her investigation on TikTok on Wednesday and, after leaving followers anxiously awaiting an update for 16 hours, finally revealed the source of the cold air—and it's as creepy as you'd expect.

Hartsoe began the first video—which has been viewed more than 7 million times—by saying she is at her New York City apartment and it's cold. She says it doesn't matter how high she turns her heating. In her bathroom, near the doorway, she says she can feel cold air blowing on her, but it's not coming from the vent.


seriously never would I have expected to find this... and I documented all of it #mystery #fyp #nyc #secret #foryou #apartment #storytime

♬ Mysterious - Andreas Scherren

In the TikTok video, Hartsoe shows that the breeze is blowing her hair when she stands near the door frame.

Hartsoe says she can also feel cold air coming from the light switch, but it's not so strong. Eventually, she discovers the source of the cold air—it's coming from behind her mirror.

The video was shared widely on Twitter where it was compared to Candyman, in which a vengeful spirit can be summoned by saying his name five times into a mirror. The person who summons the Candyman is then killed by a hook attached to his arm.

"Candyman" was trending on Twitter early on Thursday as social media users discussed the TikTok mystery and the movie.

*White woman finds secret room behind her bathroom mirror*


— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) March 4, 2021

Me watching that women climb through her apartment bathroom mirror on Tiktok knowing Candyman is on the other side.

— Branden Lee (@urbanzosf) March 4, 2021

In Hartsoe's second video, which currently has more than 3 million views, she removes the mirror from the wall to reveal a hole that at first appears to lead only to some wires. Further investigation shows, however, that behind the hole is a whole room.

A man named John, who may be her roommate, says: "What if there's someone living there right now? Have you watched the movie Parasite?"

Hartsoe replies: "I need more answers. I have to go in and figure out what is on the other side of my bathroom. Like, what if someone's living in there?"

The end of the video shows her on the sink, preparing to climb through the hole.

Hartsoe then waited 16 hours before posting an update. On the second video, social media personality Hank Green commented: "ARE YOU OK DO YOU NEED ME TO CALL SOMEONE," while TikTok star Celina Spookyboo wrote: "PLEASE INVOX [sic] ME I NEED TO KNOW!"

At around 7.40 a.m. ET on Thursday, Hartsoe posted parts three and four of her series, explaining where the cold was coming from.

In part three, she throws a bucket through the hole in the wall to use it as a platform once she's crawled through. She dons a face mask and a hairband supporting a flashlight, then picks up a hammer to use as a weapon. John tells her: "Mean it when you swing it."


TRULY a new meaning to a “hole in the wall” #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #fyp #foryou

♬ Oh No - Kreepa

After a quick prayer, Hartsoe climbs through the hole. The end of the video shows her filming John from the other side of the wall, as he tells her she has entered another dimension.

In part four, she reveals the source of the draft. Hartsoe enters the mysterious room to find that it's a whole apartment, seemingly abandoned, filled with trash bags and building materials. The walls have been ripped out, exposing bare pipes.

Twitter users can rest assured that the apartment is not housing Candyman—as far as we know.

She ends the TikTok by confirming that she made it out of the creepy apartment alive and jokes that her landlord is going to get a "really fun" phone call tomorrow.


crawled through a wall for this mystery so enjoy the finale 🕵🏻‍♀️ #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #storytime #fyp #foryou

♬ Mysterious - Andreas Scherren

Hartsoe told Newsweek that she had emailed her landlord three times in the past month about the cold, but had not heard back. She plans to call them again today.

Tony Todd holds onto Virginia Madsen in a scene from 'Candyman.' A TikTok user investigating a draft coming from behind her bathroom mirror has sparked comparisons to the 1992 horror movie. TriStar/Getty