Jordan Peele: A scary movie legend

It’s finally approaching that time of the year again: Halloween. Thankfully, the season of scary movies and spooky tales is here.

While Halloween may not be synonymous with horror films for some, it’s my favorite aspect of the holiday. It’s an opportunity for many people to scare themselves and watch their quota of horror films for the year, but for me, it’s Jordan Peele season. 

I certainly could not find a better way to celebrate Halloween than to treat myself to rewatching a film directed, produced and written by Peele, filled with tricks, treats and twists I might not have noticed on the first watch. 

In his critically acclaimed movies, Peele has been successful — to say the very least — especially within a genre that does not commonly receive positive nationwide attention. 

From his directorial work, he holds an average rating of 91% given by 

Rotten Tomato critics and has currently earned over $681.4 million at the box office combined from his films “Nope,” “Us” and “Get Out.” 

If those earnings aren’t an astonishing feat representing his audience reach, each of these films also hit a box office record of over $100 million within their first few weeks of premiering. 

From his Oscar award-winning directorial debut film, “Get Out,” to his most recent film, “Nope,” Peele is a gift to movie lovers who keeps on giving. He is not the type of filmmaker to aim for cheap jump scares in the name of making a scary movie, as displayed by his unparalleled inclusive cast selections and his execution of thought-provoking issues. 

Peele has mastered the art of horror and rightfully became an icon for shining a light on the scariest of situations: Racism in the United States, classism and the American Dream. 

It’s refreshing to see scary movies that leave audience members thinking about microaggressions, controlling behavior and the exploitations of an individualistic society hoarding wealth. Since 2017, he has quickly become an expert in directing films that reexamines how audiences and critics think about the horror genre. 

Yet, it’s not Peele’s first time turning horror film concepts on their head, especially with comedy in his notorious skits with Keegan-Michael Key. 

Peele’s range is expanding in the horror genre by working with Netflix to release an upcoming PG-13 animated film based on the unpublished book, “Wendell & Wild.” In this collaboration with the famed director of “Coraline,”  Henry Selick, returns with voice acting from Key and Peele themselves.

It's no surprise that Peele's receiving the recognition he deserves. 

His films consistently challenge the expectations of horror, pushing stereotypes to “Get Out” and become an element of the past. Peele steers away from Black trauma and redefines horror by creating realistic characters at the forefront of his films to give audiences fictional people that they can root for, with never-before-seen heroes on the big screen. 

For decades, Halloween movies have depicted a common trend, showing the fears of middle-class white Americans while placing Black supporting characters on the chopping block for an untimely and gruesome death. Minorities have always been the first to die in movies, victims of expendability for the horror genre. 

Fortunately, Peele understands the importance of providing a diverse cast to play relatable characters whose plot points and developments are much more than their racial traumas used for entertainment. He is creating masterpieces to change outdated norms that are scarier than any film could ever be. 

There is nothing more a horror movie connoisseur could ask for in Peele’s movies, with comedy, high-quality production, talented actors, realistic characters and unsettling scenarios sure to scare audiences. 

If you’re quick to say “Nope” when it comes to horror flicks, try giving his first film a chance. Besides, as Peele will point out, there are scarier elements surrounding us in our day-to-day lives.

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