8 Horror Movie Franchises Jordan Peele Should Get Involved In

Years ago, filmmakers like John Carpenter, Wes Craven, or George A. Romero were referred to as “horror writers” until the term, essentially, faded from the zeitgeist as the genre seemed to be suffering from a creative meltdown. However, with some of the strongest new horror movies we’ve ever seen, in my opinion, I think we can safely say that the age of the “horror author” is back, and one of the prime examples is Jordan Peele.

Apart from Peele’s original work – including Oscar winner get out2019 Weand his next alien invasion film, Nope – one thing that has impressed me the most about Peele is how he’s helped breathe new life into old genre favorites, like by co-writing and producing the 2021 candy man sequel with director Nia DaCosta and replacing Rod Serling as executive producer and narrator of Paramount+ The twilight zone to restart. Given the largely positive responses to each, I couldn’t help but wonder what other classic horror movie franchises could benefit from his magical touch, starting with one that particularly reflects his knack for spooky, satirical entertainment. .

Clarence Williams III in Tales from the Hood

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Tales from the Hood

What makes the 1995s Tales from the Hood one of the most essential anthology horror movies is the clever, nuanced social commentary in every chilling segment that’s just as timely (if not more so) today. However, I personally think its two direct-to-video sequels from 2018 and 2020 aren’t nearly as smart, nuanced, or scary, even with original co-writers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott at the helm and Spike Lee returning to executive produce.

Perhaps involving Jordan Peele (a master at the clever, nuanced, and scary) to help write, produce, or even direct a new batch of segments might be what the franchise needs to regain its footing. stature in noir horror cinema.

Ethan Hawke in The Purge

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The purge

Speaking of horror films renowned for their social commentary, The purge The franchise was created as a bold meditation on America’s obsession with violence by setting itself in a future that allows for the most violent behavior, without consequence, one night a year.

Despite its innovative concept and the urgency of its message, I don’t believe that any of the five films in the series have reached their full potential thus far, particularly in their narrative execution and the sparseness in which they expand the subject of legalization beyond executions. I’d love to see how Jordan Peele might attack this material and what unique ideas he might add to the franchise’s already inventive roots in a sixth installment.

Kane Hodder in Friday the 13th: New Blood.

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Friday 13

A franchise that really deserves another installment to bring its quantity to a proper adjustment 13 is the Friday 13 movies, which is also one of the most ripped off slasher series of all time (although the 1980 original is a Halloween scam, of course).

Because the formula of a masked killer stalking promiscuous young campers has been beaten to death, I think Jason Voorhees’ return to the big screen (if not for an ongoing legal dispute over ownership) could provide a real boost. to creativity. I think Jordan Peele might be the man to do it for his rejection of well-known genre tropes and, as he told the Wall Street Journalthe fact that he doesn’t find Jason very scary, but might know how to make him even scarier.

Phantasm Silver Ball

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When the Wall Street Journal asked Jordan Peele who he would include in his list of Avengers-style horror movie villains, he listed common staples like Freddy Krueger and Chucky, but also mentioned “one of money from Fantasy.”

I agree it’s one of the scariest and most iconic horror movie props of all time, but I hate to say I don’t like Don Coscarelli’s bizarre cult favorite or its sequels much more. , personally. However, a reboot with a fresh dose of Peele’s visual style and intricate storytelling talent seems like a fun idea.

Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later

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28 days later…

One of the most unique and realistic zombie movies, 28 days later…is a film that in my opinion has yet to spawn a sequel that lives up to the original (a poignant humanistic parable) instead of being more preoccupied with the theme of the virus like 28 weeks later has been.

Well, in the midst of Covid-19, now might be the best time to resurrect the franchise with the long-awaited 28 months later, which could also be Jordan Peele’s first zombie movie if he was involved. To be clear, I wouldn’t necessarily want to see him take over completely from director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland, but the idea of ​​Peele collaborating with those two on such a project is an exhilarating thought in and of itself, not is this not ?

Saw Tobin Bell Doll

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Another franchise that didn’t quite live up to its more unique and thought-provoking original (again, just in my opinion) is the Seen movies. James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell’s feature debut was a bold commentary on the value of life wrapped in a gripping mystery thriller, while sequels became more and more about how the pitfalls of the centerpiece could become deadlier and more deranged. I think it’s time for the show to get back to basics, and Jordan Peele’s unique use of mystery in his storytelling might be key.

Devon Sawa lying on the ground in panic in Final Destination.

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Final destination

Speaking of franchises increasingly concerned with inventive death scenes, let’s talk about the Final destination movies for a second. I think the five (and counting) movies in this series about young people struggling to escape death itself are a wonderfully twisted set of guilty pleasures, but I also believe they have the potential to be (and to say) more with their intriguing main concept. If anyone can bring stronger storytelling and symbolic themes to a film that is primarily defined by what it does visually, it’s Jordan Peele.

The couple on Paranormal Activity.

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paranormal activity

On the other hand, the paranormal activity the films were initially praised for having a simple plot with effective scares until they got bogged down in an increasingly confusing non-linear timeline. So, it was refreshing to hear that the seventh episode, next of kin, would be a standalone, but neither fans nor critics were too impressed with that one either. Looks like this found footage thriller series is yet another that Jordan Peele’s gifts for suspense and storytelling might help save.

On second thought, maybe I just want to see Jordan Peele make a found footage movie. This does not necessarily mean that he should make a paranormal activity film. Either way, I am and always will be excited for whatever it has in store.

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