Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Quote of the Day (Jordan Peele, on the ‘Jump Scare’ vs. ‘Slow-Building, Unnerving’ Terror)

“At one end of the spectrum, there’s the jump scare, and at the other end, there's slow-building, unnerving anticipation—the terror. For my money, terror is the best type of scare, because it’s the promise of horror to come. When the audience is in that state, you don’t have to do much. Their imagination is more powerful than any piece of imagery or any timing or misdirection you could do.”— African-American screenwriter-director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), quoted in Jonah Weiner, “The New Master of Suspense,” WSJ. Magazine, March 2019 (registration required for viewing)

(The image accompanying this post comes from Peele’s Get Out, with perhaps the most famous scene from that 2017 thriller: Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris as he descends into the “Sunken Place.” During these weeks leading up to Halloween, it’s well worth seeing how this Oscar-winning screenplay—with nods towards The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby—anticipated America’s unfolding real-life racial nightmare.)

No comments: