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This is when Jordan Peele realized he was good at scaring people

Jordan Peele's ninth-grade class deserves a massive thank you from horror fans.

March 19, 2019
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It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. Jordan Peele‘s Us is slated to hit theaters this Friday, March 22, and we couldn’t be more excited. As the follow-up to his hit Get Out quickly approaches, Peele sat down on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to discuss what’s different this time around and how a ninth-grade field trip ignited his calling to horror films.

Check out the full interview below!

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Following his directorial debut, Peele felt a little more relief this time around as he dove into his follow-up film.

“You know, it was, first of all, I knew I could get it made,” Peele tells Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s show. “That was a big difference. When I was writing Get Out, I’m like, ‘They’re gonna shut me down any second,’ and with this one I knew I could get it made…I had a lot of love behind my back and the wind beneath my wings, and I knew I could just make a movie that I wanted to see, my favorite movie that doesn’t exist, and that’s what I did.”

And it looks like he might have done just that considering Us snagged Peele his second rare 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Jimmy, I’m so privileged to be in this position where I can make a movie, say, with a black family in the center of a horror film, which is the type of movie that I always wished I had growing up, to have something in my favorite genre,” Peele explains. “And unlike Get Out, this one is not about race. It’s about a lot of things. It’s about duality; it’s a monster movie. I just returned to this idea of: make what I wanna see, make what I wish somebody would make for me.”

But how exactly did Peele find himself terrifying audiences across the world? It turns out it all started with a ninth-grade field trip.

“The best laugh you’ve ever gotten in your life, it’s nothing,” he says. “When you get an audience to shudder and give you that feedback, it’s so powerful. And I just felt like, man, I am Freddy Krueger. I can be the monster. I can give the night terrors. My life from that point forward has been transitioning from, like, this goofy nerd to a complicated Rod Serling type.”

Are you excited to see Us? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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