Today in Movie Culture: Jordan Peele’s Guides to Horror Movies, ‘Us’ as a Superhero Movie and More

Today in Movie Culture: Jordan Peele’s Guides to Horror Movies, ‘Us’ as a Superhero Movie and More

 

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Genre Guide of the Day:

As his new horror movie, Us, arrives in theaters this weekend, writer/director Jordan Peele teamed up with the Wall Street Journal for a video guide to the genre of scares and iconic slashers. Find out Peele’s feelings about horror tropes, final girls, and the best scary movie villains to team-up for an Avengers of horror:

 

Film History Lesson of the Day:

If you need more on the horror genre, Us writer/director Jordan Peele also covers some of its history going back 64 years for Rotten Tomatoes. In this video, he discusses the game changing horror movies during this time, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Psycho to M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense:

 

Director Commentary of the Day:

For the New York Times, Jordan Peele takes a look at one of the most important scenes in Us, the moment when a mysterious other family shows up in the main characters’ driveway. Also in this installment of Anatomy of a Scene, the filmmaker explains how he built the suspense of this sequence, with inspiration from Halloween and Poltergeist:

 

Music Video of the Day:

Neither an official music video for the Us soundtrack nor an official plot song for the movie, nevertheless this clip of the main cast of Jordan Peele’s latest rapping about their characters — with lyrics by Robyn Hood — is pretty awesome:

 

Fan Art of the Day:

Even before hitting theaters, Us has been inspiring a whole lot of fan art, including alternate movie posters and drawings of characters based on scenes in the trailers alone. SyFy Wire rounded up some Peele fans who were challenge by the filmmaker himself to create some Us art for this special video promotion:

 

Mashup of the Day:

Jordan Peele’s Us is a completely original movie, but what if it was a superhero movie instead? Indie music artist J-Maine got bored and decided to redo the trailer for Us substituting the actors and their characters and replacing them with animated Justice League superheroes and their evil doppelgängers:

 

Foreshadowing Sketch of the Day:

Much of the work Jordan Peele did on the sketch comedy show Key & Peele offered a taste of what we get from him now as a filmmaker, including one bit from five years ago seemingly foreshadowing a set piece in Us involving a fun house. Watch Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in the “Hall of Mirrors” sketch:

 

Easter Eggs of the Day:

As Captain Marvel enters its third weekend, now is the best time to test yourself on how much trivia about the movie you know. This Screen Rant video highlights 25 interesting tidbits about the 21st Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, including Easter eggs and other secrets you might have missed:

 

Cosplay of the Day:

Many people have felt the need to compare Captain Marvel to Wonder Woman, with regards to its plot, quality, box office success, etc. But we don’t have to pit these women superhero movies against each other. We can love both, just like this fan cosplaying as a mashup of Carol Danvers and Diana Prince:

 

Classic Movie Clip of the Day:

For its 20th anniversary, Cruel Intentions is back in theaters this weekend nationwide. To get back in the spirit of the classic modernized teenage take on Dangerous Liaisons, watch one of the most memorable scenes from the 1999 movie featuring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe:

 

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