Jordan Peele’s unique take on horror films

The 2017 release of the psychological horror “Get Out”, written and directed by Jordan Peele, sent critics raving over the refreshing focus on human behavior that has been lacking in recent films of similar genres. The movie generated about $255.40 million in revenue, an extraordinary rating of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as receiving 145 awards and 193 nominations. Writer and director Jordan Peele creates intriguing screenplays that center around the main aspect of human behavior, straying away from the average cut and dry horror movies which focus on gore and supernatural beings.    

  The phrase “we are our own worst enemy,” comes into play with the way Peele envisions his films.  “Get Out” and 2019 unreleased film “Us” are the greatest examples of this. The promotional twitter account for “Us”  tweeted “we are our own worst enemy,”, signifying that the upcoming film will embrace conversations about the functionality of the human mind and how some rational thoughts could potentially be far more detrimental than that of any ghost, murderer or evil clown living in the sewers of Maine.

  Peele combines universal themes, such as racial justice and family, with thrilling cinematography that shows the very worst in people, saying his goal is to capture “social demons, innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact” in an interview with Indiewire. His belief that human beings are the “scariest monsters in the world” has led to his production of psychological horror films with “Get Out” focusing on the aspect of mind control and “Us” leaning towards the focus of human and animal cloning.

 In the film “Get Out, the main character is being auctioned off to a predominantly white community that uses African Americans as a host so they can live when they pass on. The storyline is twisted beyond belief, showing the corruption of the society that we live in through hidden symbolism in each frame of the movie.

 Peele’s films take familiar horror concepts and work them into a new lens. His new takes on these elements subvert the predictability prevalent in much of the horror genre.