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Jordan Peele’s Next Social Thriller to Hit Theaters in 2019

Jordan Peele has been a busy guy since the tremendous success of his first film, Get Out. When we reported on his producer role in the upcoming HBO series, Lovecraft Country, we noted that Peele would also be writing and directing more thriller/horror works in the near future. Today, Variety reports that Jordan Peele’s next social thriller movie will debut in theaters on March 15th, 2019.

At this time, a title and/or synopsis of the film has not yet been released. However, we do know that Peele will be working on the film as a producer, writer and director; and that the movie is being described as a social thriller. Given all of those facts, fans can expect some of the same signature dread and social commentary that made Get Out such a memorable and interesting film. read more

Get Out: A True Horror Movie

Jordan Peele’s debut film, Get Out, is probably not the horror movie you may have expected to see. However, I can tell you it is the horror movie we all need and deserved to see right now. I know what you’re thinking. “Calm down Batman. What do you know anyway?” Well, let me tell you what I know.

Recent “scary” movies to debut in late 2016 and into 2017 have not been very impressive by my personal standards. From the lackluster gore in 31, to the not-as-frightening-as-we-thought-they-would-be children of Ouija: Origin of Evil, recent films have given us striking visuals without coherent substance. What these films lacked in an original plot and development of their characters, they made up for in blood. We may have been shocked watching sociopathic clowns cut through hippie flesh with chainsaws, but we did not sympathize with their suffering. “Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death?” sends chills up your spine when it emanates from a petite elementary school girl, but is that moment of terror worth watching a movie that gives us an unimpressive, and completely unoriginal, Nazi-background twist? We should want more from our horror movies. Instead of vibrant hues of crimson and demonic facial contortions, we need characters that demand empathy and stories that reveal rather than unravel. Hollywood films can not only provide shocking entertainment, but also be our best avenue for social commentary. Horror, I like to argue, displays the biggest triumphs through the darkest of places. My beef with these recent films is that they don’t provide that triumph, they just leave us hanging. read more

Get Out is the Second Highest Grossing R-Rated Horror Film of All Time

Get Out, Jordan Peele’s  directorial debut, had some choice words for Ridley Scott’s 2001 film, Hannibal over the weekend: “Get Out of the #2 spot!”

For the past 16 years, no R-rated horror film has been able to exceed Hannibal‘s domestic total gross of $165, 092,268. Made on a production budget of $87 million, the film debuted to a rabid worldwide audience who were eager to see more of Anthony Hopkins in his iconic titular role. The film easily hit the #2 all time domestic slot for R-rated horror films, second only to the 1973 classic, The Exorcist (which has a domestic lifetime gross of $232,906,145). read more

Get Out Blu-Ray Release to Include Alternate Ending

Although Get Out is still adding to its phenomenal total at the box office (over $164 million at this point) , the film will certainly disappear from theaters in the upcoming weeks due to the kick-off of the summer movie season and increased competition for screens at theaters around the country.

For those who missed the theatrical release, or for fans who want to own the debut film from director Jordan Peele, the film’s blu-ray release on May 23rd will include something that no one has yet seen: an alternate ending to the film. read more

Lucy Hale Cast as Lead in Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

According to Variety, star of Pretty Little Liars Lucy Hale has been cast in the lead role of Blumhouse Pictures Truth or Dare (not to be confused with Madonna’s 1991 documentary of the same name).  The film is being directed by Jeff Wadlow who is best known for Kick-Ass 2 and Cry_Wolf.

The film will, “… follow(s) a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. The game doesn’t stop and follows her back home. The screenplay was written by Wadlow, Chris Roach (Non-Stop), and Jillian Jacobs from a story by Michael Reisz and Wadlow, Roach, and Jacobs.” read more

Life Stumbles Out of the Gate, Get Out Continues to Add to Box Office Totals

Although Life received positive reviews and benefited from a recognizable cast, the film had trouble finding any “life” at an incredibly competitive March box office and only returned an estimated $12,600,000 during its opening weekend.

Even though Life earned a 67% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, fans chose other options at the cinema, or stayed home waiting for the next installment in the Aliens series (Alien:Covenant), from which it appears Life borrows heavily from.  Fans gave the film a very low “C+” Cinemascore rating, which is particularly low for a film that scored much better with critics (Life’s score also happens to be one of the lowest of 2017 so far).  With a production budget close to 60 million dollars, the film will have to do markedly better at the foreign box office to turn a profit, no small feat for an R-rated sci-fi/horror film. read more

Kong Reigns at Box Office; Get Out Continues to Roll

Kong: Skull Island was crowned box office champ this weekend with an estimated $61 million dollars over the March 10th-12th frame.

The total is a strong one for March, and would have been higher if not for the strong competition from last week’s winner Logan (which is currently over $152 million dollars after two weeks of release) and the critically acclaimed Get Out.   Logan made $37,850,00 in second place and Get Out came in third with a total of $21,072,600 in its third week of release.  Get Out also added 205 screens this weekend, quite a feat when you consider how many new releases are scheduled for March this year (and the success of the film probably accounts for the Belko Experiment’s recent screen count drop a week away from its debut to only 1,200 screens.)  At this rate, Get Out is almost certain to unseat Split as the number one horror hit of the year so far, with a current gross of $111 million and counting. read more

Jordan Peele’s Get Out Continues to Impress at the Box Office

Although Logan easily beat out all competition at the box office with a $85 million dollar debut due to stellar reviews and Hugh Jackman’s farewell performance as everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant, Get Out continued to rack up impressive box office numbers in second place.

Get Out made $28 million at the box office this weekend, bringing the film’s total to a robust $78 million dollars.  Aside from its profitable debut last weekend ($33 million), the film also performed very well over the week, taking in an average of $4 million from Monday to Thursday. read more

Get Out Dominates Oscar Weekend Box Office With First Place Finish

Get Out, the directorial debut by Jordan Peele, crushed the competition at the box office over the Oscar weekend, bringing in an estimated $30.9 million dollars.

For a film that started with a bit of skepticism from fans due to the director’s background in comedy, Get Out succeded on every level this weekend. Not only did it debut at number one, the film currently holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes with 134 positive reviews.  It also earned a A- Cinemascore from viewers of the film, which, accordind to deadline, is almost unheard of for a horror film, as horror films, “Typically (these movies) are lucky to earn a B or B+, and that’s considered awesome, but Get Out is in rare air alongside The Conjuring 1 and 2 which both received A- grades.” read more

Jordan Peele’s Successful Horror Debut: Get Out Movie Review

Fans are often skeptical when their favorite artist attempts to experiment in a new genre.  Jordan Peele has always been known for comedy, specifically Comedy Central’s Key and Peele sketch comedy show.  The success of Key and Peele is primarily attributed to a brand of comedy that skewers social and cultural conventions (like all great sketch comedy does) and is willing to “cross the line” to make a joke and, more importantly, when it comes to satire, make a point. Although Peele’s directorial debut happens to come from the world of horror and not comedy, Get Out is an impressive and successful first film from the director, that is able to scare audiences while also delivering bitting social commentary about the perception of race in America. read more