’That’s a Trap I Don’t Quite Appreciate’ According to Jordan Peele, Who Claims He’s Not ‘Trying to Make Elevated Genre Movies.
Following a wave of critically acclaimed productions like Ari Aster’s “Hereditary,” Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out,” Robert Eggers’ “The Witch,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” and others, the terms “elevated horror” and “elevated genre movie” skyrocketed in popularity a few years ago.
The term describes genre movies that appear to have a more artistic sensibility than the majority of fare and emphasize dramatic themes like grief and trauma. The truth is that the best genre movies have always exemplified the “elevated” filmmaking trend.
In a recent interview with The Verge, director Jordan Peele, who has had to personally deal with the term “elevated horror” on his “Get Out” follow-up projects “Us” and “Nope,” shut down the category. The Oscar winner “baulked at the idea of explicitly setting out to make movies that people slap a prestige label on simply because its subject matter is nuanced,” according to the publication.
I don’t want people to believe that I’m making “elevated” movies, said Peele.”I think that’s a trap that, you know, I don’t really understand because I like making messed-up movies. I enjoy making strange movies that I’m really not supposed to make and occasionally confronting people from opposing viewpoints.
Keke Palmer, the star of Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” commented in the same article, “The thing about your films is that the observations are so impactful that I think they double people over.”We go to the theatre with the mindset of, “I want to be able to take this observation and know what to do with it.
Given that I am aware that Jordan bases his artistic endeavors and movie productions on feelings, [that feeling] challenges me and spurs me on.
This summer, “Nope” became the third of Jordan Peele’s films to earn over $100 million domestically, joining “Get Out” and “Us.” Starting on November 18, “Nope” will be accessible for streaming on Peacock.