Candyman Is a Manifestation of Generational Trauma

Psychoanalysis wrestles with Bernard Rose’s complicated slasher classic

Psychoanalysis - Candyman
Psychoanalysis – Candyman

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Psychoanalysis is a weekly series on the Consequence Podcast Network that takes an in-depth look at a mental health topic through the lens of horror.

“I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, I am nothing. So now, I must shed innocent blood. Come with me.”

Today, Jenn, Lara, and Mike say their names five times in the mirror to conclude their series on generational trauma with Bernard Rose’s complicated classic, CandymanThere’s a lot lurking beneath the surface of this ’90s slasher and the conversation covers broad topics such as systemic racism, confronting privilege, and white saviors.

Together, they’ll discuss the relationship between power and monstrosity and how to hold space for the pain of racial oppression. The crew loves both Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, but examines the problematic elements of their characters. Less complicated is the certainty that Trevor is the worst, and you should never paint your walls Pepto Bismol pink.

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Further reading

The True Villain of Candyman Isn’t the Urban Legend Himself—It’s Helen
The Writing on the Wall — Candyman and the Specter of Racial Trauma
The Optics of Gentrification in Candyman
Before Get Out, There Was Candyman
How Candyman reflected the fears of urban society
How a story about the horrors of housing projects became part of a horror movie
They Came in Through the Bathroom Mirror 
Black Slasher Candyman draws fire over racist depictions
Mixed Reviews with Allison & Aubrey
Black Men Can’t Jump