While sitting down for his run at Playboy’s Lucky 7 questions — while we’ll run in their entirety on Wednesday — one half of the Key & Peele power duo dropped a tasty bit of news, that he’s cowriting and planning to direct a horror flick:
“I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies. I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called Get Out – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.”
And it’s true. Of the horror films that have, to date, had black main characters, the overwhelming majority were comedies, like the Scary Movie series. There are outliers like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (starring Jada Pinkett) and, well, Leprechaun In That Hood.
Maybe the problem is that, as Eddie Murphy once sagely pointed out, horror movies with black protagonists might not last long enough to be an actual movie:
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He will probably never see Peele’s horror movie because when it comes to horror, he is a big pussy.