The terms “high horror” and “high genre film” gained popularity a few years ago following a series of acclaimed offerings like Ari Aster’s “Hereditary”, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, “The Witch” by Robert Eggers, “Luca Guadagnino “Suspiria” and more. The term refers to genre films with a seemingly artier sensibility than most fare, as well as a focus on dramatic themes such as grief and trauma. In reality, the best genre films have always represented the style of direction now labeled as “elevated”.
Peele, who personally had to deal with the term “horror elevated” on his “Get Out” directorial follow-up projects “Us” and “Nope,” recently shut down the label during an interview with The Verge. As the publication wrote: The Oscar winner “has balked at the idea of explicitly embarking on making films that people put a label of prestige on just because its subject matter is nuanced.”
“I don’t want people to think I’m trying to do ‘high’ movies,” Peele said. “I think it’s a trap that I don’t like too much because I, you know, like making shitty movies. I like to do weird movies that I’m really not supposed to do – and sometimes also challenge people on the other side of things.
“The problem with your movies is that the sightings have such an impact that I think they double-cross people,” Peele’s ‘Nope’ star Keke Palmer added in the same post. “And that’s us coming to the theater like, ‘I want to be able to take this observation and know what to do with it.’ [That feeling] challenges me; it challenges me because I know that when Jordan edits his films and does his art, it’s based on something he felt.
“Nope” joined “Get Out” and “Us” over the summer as another directorial effort by Peele to gross over $100 million at the domestic box office. “No” will be available to stream on Peacock from November 18.
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