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Annual Halloween Film Screening Sweetens the Deal with 'Candyman'

Halloween Screening Moved to Nov. 1


By Bryce Calabaza

Bernard Rose’s 1992 film, “Candyman,” is considered one of the greatest slasher films in the genre. The film follows the story of Helen Lyle, played by Virginia Madsen, as she follows the urban legend of Candyman in this classic horror film. 

This film is the centerpiece for the 10th Halloween Outdoor Screening for UHD. The event is open to the public and will be held on the North Deck at 7 p.m., Nov. 1. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, costumes and a picnic to the screening.  

Dr. Chuck Jackson, Professor of English, once again curates UHD’s Halloween Screening and selected "Candyman," a film that has been both popular and polarizing with critics and audiences.  

Jackson said that the original “Candyman,” as directed by a white man, has been criticized by scholars and critics for the racial stereotypes found in the film's characters. In light of this, on Aug. 27, a direct sequel was released, co-produced by acclaimed writer and director Jordan Peele (“Get Out”). 

In the end, Jackson’s hope is that audiences will view both versions and arrive at their own conclusions on the original version and Peele's newest offering. 

One of Jackson's students will introduce this film to explain why this 30-year-old film is critical to watch in 2021.  

Due to COVID-19, the audience will be properly socially distanced with their seating arrangements on the North Deck. Audiences should be advised that the event is subject to be canceled due to inclement weather.  

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.