Candyman and Housing

I was at a Halloween party this weekend and they had B movies in the background. Then, they switched it to Candyman.  I noticed right away that the dialogue and the visual shots were all about housing – affordability, projects, and social justice. I only watched up until one slashing and then moved outside to the bonfire. 

It caught my attention so I watched the whole movie yesterday.  I usually don’t watch scary movies (they cause insomnia) but I was fascinated and it didn’t look too scary (it has a few jump scares but you can close your eyes for the gross stuff).  I was right – it is about housing and social justice. It literally has  shots where you see large buildings in the background and abandoned projects in the foreground. Even one killing pans out to show the regentrified building where the victim lives.

So, horror films aren’t for everyone but it is Halloween time. Like other Jordan Peele films, it isn’t just about horror.  I will admit that when the cat bumped the door last night I did think it was Candyman.

Looking for an image I found this interesting article. Apparently, the original Candyman movie was also about housing. This article discusses the reality in Chicago (where the new film is set).

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-flashback-cabrini-green-candyman-public-housing-austen-0819-20180815-story.html

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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