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Jordan Peele Dominates a New Genre

Most people only know Jordan Peele because of his last name and his hilarity. He was the co-star of the famous Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which ended in 2015 after a monstrously popular five-season run.

 

Peele and co-star Keegan-Michael Key were known for comedy sketches that poked fun and busted open the door of racism and race relations, building off of the groundwork laid by previous shows like Chappelle’s Show. Because of that entrance onto the media scene, it would be surprising to some to hear that Peele is now the director of a brand new horror movie that is sweeping the nation.

 

Get Out, Peele’s directorial debut, opened this past week to rousing success and critical acclaim. Not only is the film a great horror and suspense thriller, but it also builds on that race examination that he started on Key & Peele.

 

The story in Get Out follows a young black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family. It accentuates what African Americans go through in daily lives, with the backdrop of a family and neighborhood seeming “off”. The movie is well shot and often funny. It is also a darn good horror flick, with feelings of dread and scares. It is a great project in general, but especially great for the first film from a man known for a completely different genre of entertainment, both in terms of scope and content.

 

Peele has said he plans on directing a number more movies and that he has ideas already brewing in his head. This is good news for fans of his work, fans of a new perspective behind the camera, and fans of great horror.