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- Director Jordan Peele gave “Us” star Lupita Nyong’o a list of essential horror movies to watch before filming.
- The movies include classic thrillers and modern-day favorites.
- But Peele is a fan of some horror movies not on the list too.
Not even an Academy Award for best supporting actress could save Lupita Nyong’o from having to complete some homework ahead of the filming of the new movie “Us.” In preparation for her role in the thriller, director Jordan Peele instructed the actress to watch 10 classic horror movies.
As Entertainment Weekly reported, Peele gave Nyong’o her 10 movie pre-watching assignments in order to establish a “shared language” between the two of them during filming. While Peele’s first horror film, “Get Out,” was not on the list, there are plenty of terrifying movies in the list that may just help you get your horror fix if “Us” wasn’t enough.
Peele had her watch Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 film “The Shining,” modern horror favorite and recent internet meme “The Babadook,” critical darling “It Follows,” South Korean horror film “A Tale of Two Sisters,” campy classic “The Birds,” doppelganger-centric film “Dead Again,” thriller “Funny Games,” revenge flick “Martyrs,” 2008’s “Let the Right One In,” and psychological thriller classic “The Sixth Sense.”
Peele later elaborated on this list when speaking to the Wall Street Journal, saying that another horror flick, “The Fly” was actually the first he’d ever seen.
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“So scary, so inappropriate for how old I was, and yet I was able to watch it and understand it, and at the end of it, I felt less scared than I did before watching it, so that’s how I knew the power of horror,” he told them.
Peele also shared that Michael Myers from the “Halloween” franchise is his favorite horror villain.
“He’s not even evil, he’s just curious. You know you can’t talk him out of whatever he wants to do,” he said.
But even though it wasn’t assigned work, Nyong’o told EW that she saw and loved “Get Out” and working with Peele was on her wish list.
“He was on my wish list of people to work with,” Nyong’o said. “The very fact that I have not done anything like it was appealing, because it promised growth and excitement and new territory.”