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The Horror Pod Class: Nia DaCosta’s Candyman

Tyler Welcome to Episode 132 of the Horror Pod Class. My name is Tyler Unsell and by day I am a just an ordinary teacher but by night I transform to an ordinary teacher who likes to talk about spooky shit. I am joined tonight as I am most nights by The cohostest with the mostest. The sagacious skeleton I know…Orrin Grey. What have you been up to since we last appeared here man?

What Have We Been Watching/Reading

Tyler: Double Walker, Last Survivors, etc…

Dark Corners of the Web:

Free Library

https://openlibrary.org/books/OL2726631M/In_the_flesh

The Forbidden

In The Flesh

Essential Question:  What can Nia DaCosta’s Candyman tell us about Generational Trauma. 

IMDB Summary: A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Teyonah Parris

Teyonah Parris

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo

Kyle Kaminsky

Kyle Kaminsky

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Brian King

Brian King

Miriam Moss

Miriam Moss

Rebecca Spence

Rebecca Spence

Carl Clemons-Hopkins

Carl Clemons-Hopkins

Christiana Clark

Christiana Clark

Michael Hargrove

Michael Hargrove

Rodney L Jones III

Rodney L Jones III

Heidi Grace Engerman

Heidi Grace Engerman

Ireon Roach

Ireon Roach

Breanna Lind

Breanna Lind

Malic White

Sarah Wisterman

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nielaorr/candyman-movie-review-jordan-peele-nia-dacosta

“It would be too easy to reduce Burke’s desecration of Anthony’s body as Black on Black violence. But it’s more than that, it’s the act of taking that narrative and controlling it — it’s violence as a means of revolution, hideous it may be. Burke is literally forcing Anthony to confront the history and pain he thought was separate from him and become a part of it, a part of the hive.”

From: Richard Newby

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/candyman-jordan-peele-nia-dacosta-1235005120/

Horror has always been political, best when it lets images and characters and sonic dimensions speak to a certain work’s integral concerns. But Candyman moves in a way that speaks to this moment in both Black filmmaking in Hollywood and the so-called “prestige” horror boom, in which its creators can’t find a political message they won’t hit you over the head with until you’re as bloody and begging for release as the characters onscreen. If the original heaves and breathes with ripe contradictions and precise aesthetic compositions, DaCosta’s sputters and fizzles.

From:  Angelica Jade Bastién at https://www.vulture.com/article/candyman-2021-movie-review-nia-dacosta-jordan-peele.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/10/candyman-horror-movie-black-pain/619825/

2 Movies that are similar

Tyler: Velvet Buzzsaw, The Purge: Election Year

Orrin: Black Christmas (2019), Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Sean: 

Anonymous Letterboxd Users Who Missed the Point

This movie was racist. In like every conversation, they brought up white people. Not to mention this entire movie made white people look like the enemies. Never understood why movies with black actors, they always have to bring up the white race. It’s annoying. Just watch the original Candyman movie. That’s a lot better.

Next Week: Doctor X (1932)