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.

Key & Peele: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key


Season four of Key & Peele is currently Fresh at 100 percent. New episodes for season five will air later in 2015.

Tag Cloud

docudrama Fall TV IFC Drama Trailer crime thriller CNN MTV DC Comics Calendar NBC Starz Election MSNBC diversity GIFs sitcom TCM FX Best and Worst Ellie Kemper President boxoffice Music ITV 2016 Sundance period drama Hulu supernatural Grammys Animation Country Superheroes comiccon Rocky Holidays Nickelodeon Writers Guild of America Marvel Infographic politics Character Guide science fiction Oscars Extras Nat Geo singing competition Comic Book police drama harry potter SDCC FXX psycho TCA Interview PaleyFest Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Warner Bros. Netflix TBS VH1 Sneak Peek The Arrangement Paramount sports SundanceTV Disney Channel cooking Logo Fantasy Pop BBC TV vampires GoT TV Land ABC Family USA Fox News Certified Fresh discovery Teen dramedy Winners crime drama CBS All Access crime 2017 Esquire Food Network Winter TV Summer YA Reality Competition BET 007 DC Universe technology cops Box Office Opinion VICE Emmys biography Mary Tyler Moore Tomatazos RT History TNT Marathons BBC America Adult Swim The CW E3 A&E Watching Series Disney historical drama Rock zombie Schedule Cartoon Network Premiere Dates Star Trek travel Cosplay 2015 Mystery political drama Sci-Fi Comedy Horror PBS Lifetime Kids & Family First Look Freeform Awards based on movie Dark Horse Comics ABC Biopics AMC TCA 2017 LGBTQ Countdown Polls and Games 45 TIFF American Society of Cinematographers Red Carpet Tumblr Masterpiece Trivia History Pirates Comedy Central Valentine's Day 24 frames transformers Mindy Kaling Year in Review TLC Action Universal Showtime FOX Rom-Com Lionsgate aliens Super Bowl Syfy ESPN Musical X-Men Podcast Bravo TruTV Thanksgiving cats OWN WGN Amazon APB thriller war Crackle CMT Reality Musicals adventure Toys serial killer social media El Rey Video Games Set visit Spring TV Photos Ghostbusters GLAAD Nominations NYCC DirecTV CBS Martial Arts composers E! HBO cinemax Star Wars