In an age where the horror genre is mainly flooded by jump scares and the macabre; a film like this really does shine. It is not without these elements, however they are spread out really well while doing so much more. Even some of the best in the genre contain these elements so they are hard to avoid. The film does have it flaws but it sure does come close to competing with some of the best in the horror. While pushing the genre in a slightly new direction. Obviously horror comedy has been done before yet one element of the two always seems to take prevalence. However here, the potency of both almost work together to play with the audiences expectations. There are moments where you forget the film is a horror and it slaps you with a scare. The same works with the jokes; yet they do not feel out of place due to the incredible pacing. This goes hand in hand with the fantastic atmosphere, making the whole experience just feel slightly off. It feels like something akin to The Wicker Man (1973) or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which is far from an easy feat as they are up there as some of the most atmospheric films in the genre. The writing is really smart and works on so many levels, blending a lot of elements that on paper would seem very difficult. Social criticism, race relations, entertaining, humour and eerier is a lot to pack in, yet here it is done so well.
This is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut and initially was put off by this a little. The only thing I knew him for is Key and Peele; it is rated really highly by some. However I always found it to be very hit and miss. After seeing this I really look forward to whatever he has in-store for us next. Taking on one of the hardest genres to do right as your first film is a challenge on its own. Adding all of the other elements as well and producing a film this good shows real talent within Peele. He is defiantly someone to look out for in the future, hopefully he can improve with each film. If you are still unsure on this film just watch the opening scene below; it sets up many of the elements discussed here and does a much better job at displaying what the film has to offer when compared with the trailer.