Jordan Peele - 'I'm not the best horror director ever!'

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21 Jul 2022, 13:38


Humble stuff from the 'Nope' man.

Filmmaker Jordan Peele's new horror movie Nope - starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun - is released in U.S. cinemas on Friday.

It's due a UK release on August 12th. Damn you America!

Before making the aforementioned alien-invasion thriller, the 43 year old comedian-turned-filmmaker made his directorial debut with the Oscar-winning horror Get Out in 2017 and followed it up with the doppelgänger themed Us in 2019. That's some start to his horror career!

Others think as much too. On Wednesday (July 20th), comic book creator Adam Ellis shared the Rotten Tomatoes ratings for all three of Peele's movies on Twitter - ranging from 88 per cent fresh to 98 per cent - and wondered if any other horror director had achieved such a feat. 

Ellis tweeted; "I know this is a hot take but at what point do we declare Jordan Peele the best horror director of all time? Can you think of another horror director that had 3 great films, let alone 3 in a row?"

Peele shut down the wild claim and insisted that the title belongs to Halloween creator, John Carpenter. 

"Sir, please put the phone down I beg you," the New Yorker replied. "Sorry. I love your enthusiasm but I will just not tolerate any John Carpenter slander!"

Peele knows his horror. As well as co-writing the 2021 Candyman sequel, in February 2017, he curated the Brooklyn Academy of Music film series 'The Art of the Social Thriller', comprising 12 films that inspired the making of Get Out.

This list included horror greats including Rosemary's BabyNight of the Living DeadThe ShiningThe People Under the StairsThe Silence of the LambsFunny Games, and Rear Window.

So no Ellis. A little bit premature of you to say that. But give it time...