Jordan Peele Reveals Which Horror Movies Scare Him the Most

Comedian-turned-horror-extraordinaire Jordan Peele has been making headlines for his cutting-edge horror films in recent years. However, just because he became adept at giving viewers hair-raising experiences doesn’t mean he is now immune to horror movies himself. Curious to know which films scare Jordan Peele the most? Read on below to see what he has to say.

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Jordan Peele and his horror works

Jordan Peele made his mark on the film industry in 2017 with the release of Get Out, a rather frightening movie about an African-American man who discovers a dark secret within his white girlfriend’s family. It was a groundbreaking masterpiece that Peele wrote, produced, and directed. He won numerous award for the movie’s eerily suspenseful plot as well as its commentary on race relations in the United States.

In March 2019, Jordan Peele’s second horror filmUs, was released. Like Get Out, this one stars black actors as the main cast and involves the characters discovering something terrifying while visiting a strange location.

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Jordan Peele also has another horror movie in the works to be released this year – Abruptio. The independent film follows “a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck.” It is performed entirely by puppets.

But his forte does not only lie in films. Peele is currently on the production team of a couple of hair-raising television shows as well. The Twilight Zone is a 2019 reboot of the 1959 classic and should be released in April.

There is also Lovecraft Country, which is based on a novel published in 2016 about racism during the Jim Crow era. It will be broadcast on HBO, though currently has no planned release date yet.

Which horror movies scare Jordan Peele the most?

It might be surprising for some to hear that Jordan still gets scared from time to time.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Peele revealed that the first horror film to have made an impact on him was the 1986 movie The Fly. He recalled it being “so scary” and “so inappropriate” for his age back then, but he did understand what was going on. In fact, when he finished watching The Fly, he became less scared than he was before watching.

Jordan Peele also shared that his favorite low-budget horror movie is The Critters, a 1986 film about little furry aliens overtaking a farm. “In retrospect, it’s fairly bad,” Peele said, “but it gave me a wrong sort of feeling. Those little things were so mischievous and so evil.”

However, his favorite villain would have to be Michael Myers in the slasher series Halloween: “He’s not even evil, he’s just curious. You know you can’t talk him out of whatever he wants to do.” Peele also revealed that Michael Myers’ famous head tilt is what adds to his creepiness.

As for the eeriest movie soundtrack, Jordan Peele is a fan of the music from the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. “It just gets me. It’s so creepy,” he shared.

Horror elements that Peele enjoys

When it comes to the making of a scary movie, though, Peele has a few elements that he finds more terrifying than others. For example, instead of horror films taking place in old, run-down houses that are obviously haunted, he prefers for them to be in otherwise idyllic locations like the Overlook Hotel in the famous 1980 movie The Shining.

Additionally, Jordan Peele also likes it when the weapons used are everyday objects, such as a nail gun, hammer, or pitchfork. “[There’s] something about that that’s a perfect horror trope,” Peele said.