The Queen’s Film Society and the Film Studies Program at Texas A&M University present the latest in our on-line Cinema Chat series: Candyman (Bernard Rose, US 1992) led by Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coleman will lead a discussion of this horror film’s themes of racial inequality as we look forward the big budget remake, which is due out later this year.
Film Synopsis: Compiling a thesis on urban legends, Chicago graduate student Helen Lyle becomes aware of the prevalent superstition surrounding the legend of Candyman—a hook-wielding phantom who will appear if his name is recited five times into a mirror—among the tenants of Chicago's Cabrini Green project. A senior professor, hearing of Helen's research, explains the historical basis for the legend, detailing how Candyman is believed to be the vengeful spirit of a former slave who was set upon and mutilated by an angry mob when accused of taking a white mistress. When the clinically-detached Helen flaunts her intellectual confidence by reciting Candyman's name five times, she sets in motion an inevitable series of supernatural events...
—Cavett Binion, All Movie
Candyman is currently available to watch on Netflix for subscribers and for a nominal fee ($3.99 or less) via other streaming services. Check here for available options: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/candyman
Our discussion takes place on Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 at 7PM, CDT via these links:
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Our August 12th Cinema Chat topic will be the new vampire drama Carmilla (directed by Emily Harris, UK 2020, 94 min.) Our special guest discussion leader will be Dr. Andrew J. Owens (University of Iowa), author of the forthcoming study of vampire films, Desire After Dark.
Carmilla can be accessed here starting this Friday: https://fmplus.video/queenfilm-carmilla
We had a great turnout during our discussion with director, Christophe Honoré, we invite you to watch it here.