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On this episode of “I Spit on Your Podcast”, we celebrate Black History Month with an in-depth discussion of the legacy of “Candyman”.

Episode 31: Reflecting Mirrors – Candyman. (Black History Month)

In this episode, we are starting our series on 1990s horror villains with CANDYMAN (1992). We are also celebrating Black History Month by exploring this horror classic along with its sequels, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999).

We take a look at the themes of classism, but most importantly, racism. Through the concept of reflecting mirrors, we discuss how they can reveal the truths in our society, as well as anxieties within ourselves. While the story of Daniel Robitaille (Candyman) is not perfect as it is told through the lens of white creators, the original Candyman was a film that created a dialogue about the representation of real-life experiences of black communities in North America.

We acknowledge and respect its influence on the horror genre, but recognize how important it will be to have director Nia DaCosta retell this story from the lens of a woman of color.

We also have a special guest spot by a friend of the podcast, Carolyn Mauricette, who is a Toronto-based film writer and critic. She gives her insightful and valuable perspective on the legacy of the Candyman franchise.



Original podcast artwork by Brandon Mercer

Jess and Kelly co-host the well-produced, highly entertaining, and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month when Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.

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Original publication date: March 3, 2021

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