Just a Little Snip: Us
We’re living in a high point for new horror films, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the work of writer/director Jordan Peele.
Jordan Peele’s Us delivered a completely unique story about a family whose world is turned upside down when they’re confronted with a group of people who look just like them. The film was fresh, fun and had more than a few laughs. And yet, Peele balanced that humor with deeply personal and insightful commentary.
In an interview with NPR, Peele spoke a little bit about that commentary. “I think in the simplest form, the very nature of ‘us’ means there is a ‘them,’ right? So that is what this movie is about to me, is that: Whatever your ‘us’ is, we turn ‘them’ into the enemy, and maybe ‘we’ are our own worst enemy.”
I thought I couldn’t get more thankful after Get Out. Turns out I was wrong.
The Drive-In Will Never Die: Joe Bob Series on Shudder
The Last Drive-In started as a 13-movie marathon on Friday the 13th, but when fans of horror host Joe Bob Briggs broke the internet, Shudder clearly realized they had something special on their hands. Just a few months later, drive-in mutants were treated to two 4-film holiday marathons, Dinners of Death and A Very Joe Bob Christmas.
That was 2018, but things really started to heat up for America’s foremost drive-in critic this year. Not only did Joe Bob return with a 9-episode series, he also gave his drive-in mutants a Halloween Hootenanny to end all hootenannies.
With fascinating behind-the-scenes insights, hilarious monologues, and more than a little southern charm, Joe Bob’s return to TV has brought large portions of the horror community together to celebrate films often ignored by the mainstream. Every week during the run of the season, fans gathered on Twitter to share their feelings on the films in real-time. So many people got involved that #TheLastDriveIn became a trending hashtag. Well done, mutants!
In an age where movies are produced for easy digital consumption, I’m thankful Joe Bob is back to remind us that the drive-in will never die.
What are you thankful for this year, fellow horror fans? Tell us in the comments!