Jeff York

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a seminal horror film. Unsettling, witty, and hugely political. It was made with a great deal of respect for the genre, yet Peele also elevated frighteners too, making a film that became a genuine “water cooler” pop culture entry. For months, people couldn’t stop talking about its twists, shocks, and […]

 James Napoli

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

“…But when the tragic incident occurs between those who are near or dear to one another—if, for example, a brother kills, or intends to kill, a brother… or any other deed of this kind is done—these are the situations to be looked for by the poet.” Aristotle, Poetics When Aristotle wrote his seminal text on the […]

 Jeff York

Jordan Peele’s New Horror Film “Us” Is Scary Good Fun

Jordan Peele’s New Horror Film “Us” Is Scary Good Fun

The goal of most horror films is to scare the ever-loving shite out of you. But effective horror needs to be seen, not watched, through the hands covering your eyes. That’s an ideal that Jordan Peele understands very well. His horror sensibilities lean towards the accessible. Sure, his Oscar-winning script for Get Out had edge-of-your-seat […]