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Monday, August 30, 2021

Exploring the True Villain of the Original ‘Candyman’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Chunky Peanut Butter Poo.

Another month come and gone and it’s been a wild one on the pod! We covered our first 40s film with the very queer Rope, chuckled our way through 80s slasher parody Student Bodies and then dug into the AIDS allegory at the heart of The Fly. Now it’s time to put August to bed with special guest Ryan Kinney aka Brother Ghoulish and a timely look at Candyman (1992), Bernard Rose‘s adaptation of Clive Barker‘s short story ‘The Forgotten’.

In the film, graduate students Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) and Bernadette Walsh (Kasi Lemmons) stumble onto a real life urban legend when they ill-advisedly pursue the Candyman myth into Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing projects. When she threatens to debunk his influence, Helen becomes an object of interest to Candyman (Tony Todd), who begins to systematically dismantle her life.

Or…perhaps Helen isn’t quite the victim she’s made out to be? Listen to find out why Helen may, in fact, be the real villain of the film.

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Episode 140 – Candyman (1992) feat. Brother Ghoulish

In anticipation of Nia DaCosta’s sequel, we’re taking the highway to Cabrini Green to revisit Bernard Rose’s iconic 1992 film, Candyman. Joining us to unpack the white privilege, the racial critiques and the enduring appeal of Tony Todd is Ryan Kinney aka Brother Ghoulish.

Up for discussion: changes from queer writer Clive Barker’s short story The Forgotten, the historical reality of the 80s housing crisis in America, Trace’s theory about what Candyman represents, and Joe’s reading of Virginia Madsen’s Helen as a narcissist.

Plus: chunky peanut butter poo, poor Kasi Lemmons’ terrible death make-up, Stacey’s perky nipples, an extended Resident Evil tangent and Ryan’s threat to take over the podcast.


Cross out Candyman!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re kicking off September with our first ever German film: The Samurai (2014)! This one is under the radar but freely available on Tubi and Shudder in the US, so give it a watch.

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of additional content! In August, we covered The Boy Behind the Door, Old, The Night House, Don’t Breathe 2, as well as an audio commentary on Don’t Breathe.



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