Key & Peele Star Talks About His Upcoming Horror Movie

Jordan Peele: 'I'm obsessed with the link between horror and comedy'

by | March 9, 2015 | Comments

At Saturday’s “A Salute to Comedy Central” event at PaleyFest in Hollywood, Rotten Tomatoes chatted with Jordan Peele of Key & Peele. Peele discussed his upcoming horror film, Get Out, which he wrote and will direct for Darko Entertainment this summer. Horror, as it turns out, is one of Peele’s biggest passions — and not so different from comedy after all.

Sarah Ricard for Rotten Tomatoes: This past season of Key & Peele was a critical success and one of the things critics say is it’s much darker.

Jordan Peele: I think it’s always been pretty dark, but I’m a very dark person in soul. I just love it. I think death is the grand absurdity and I tend to veer things in that direction because I feel like these are the things we need to laugh about. I feel like the purpose of comedy is to offer relief to the daily darkness that we see everywhere… so, yeah, I can see that. You know, I’m going to be directing a horror movie in the summer.

RT: You are?

Peele: I’m going totally in a satirical, sort of horror, social world. It’s called Get Out. The lead is a black man, which is already an atypical horror movie. I don’t think it’s been done since People Under the Stairs and Night of the Living Dead. I’m obsessed with the link between horror and comedy. I think they’re very close. They’re both about getting a very physical kind of reaction. It’s about tension and it’s about the release of tension.

RT: So, is Get Out comedic?

Peele: At its most comedic, it’ll be like Scream or the original Stepford Wives. So, no, it’s a horror movie, but it’s a satirical premise.

RT: Have you ever directed anything before?

Peele: I have not, but this is my truest passion. I kind of thought I never would be entrusted with a few million dollars to make something and somebody has made what might be the awful mistake of entrusting me with their money.

RT: Well, there’s no history of bad horror movies.

Peele: Yeah, this is the other thing. There’s so much bad stuff out there and, like, twenty great [horror] films in total.

RT: That’s so exciting. You really do have a dark side.

Peele: Ooooh, yeah.

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