Comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele is a very big deal right now.
His first film, Get Out (out later this month in the UK), is a horror insta-classic that sat proudly on a rare Rotten Tomatoes 100% rating for much of its US release window. We had a look this morning and it’s dropped down to 99% (to the spoilsport that wrecked perfection, shame on you), but it’s still mightily impressive to see a film that tackles its themes in such a bold and unique way get such an emphatic thumbs up from critics and audiences alike.
Extremely good news: it sounds like this is just the start for Peele.
The filmmaker has been speaking to Business Insider about plans to do a whole series of horror movies in the next 10 years, with each one tackling a different ‘social demon’.
“I have four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade,” he explained. “The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I've been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”
He’s obviously not giving much away, but we need only look at what Get Out achieves to understand why cinephiles are so excited about what Peele could do next. Nailing horror – notoriously tricky even at surface-level – in a directorial debut is one thing, but the film uses the genre to explore white liberal racism in America – not your average jump scare-athon.
The film hits UK cinemas March 17th. Mark it in your calendar, yeah?
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