Comedian and Get Out director Jordan Peele to curate “social thriller” horror fest
From Friday, February 17 to Wednesday, March 1, BAMcinématek (30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY) presents Jordan Peele: The Art of the Social Thriller, an eclectic mix of 13 influential films hand-selected by Peele. Best known as co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, actor/comedian, writer and director Jordan Peele is also a cinephile. Reflecting his admiration of thrilling cinema oeuvres, this collection of old and new classics is the perfect accompaniment for Peele’s own satirical thriller and directorial debut, Get Out (opening on Feb 19… and yeah, it looks amazing… just check out the trailer below…).
Voyeurism and paranoia play pivotal roles in The Art of Social Thrillers. The series opens with Roman Polanski’s classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby (1968—Feb 17), starring Mia Farrow as a mother-to-be who becomes increasingly suspicious of her husband (John Cassavetes) and neighbors’ curious behavior surrounding her pregnancy. The following evening, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968 – Feb 18), brings the zombie plague back to the big screen. Preceding the sneak preview of Get Out is Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967—Feb 20), the first Hollywood film to tackle the topic of interracial marriage with flawless performances by Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katherine Hepburn.
Curiosity and boredom land a laid-up James Stewart in deep trouble in the classic point-of-view thriller, Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954—Feb 26). Another case of cabin fever strikes a tightly wound writer (Jack Nicholson) whose confinement in a sprawling, mountain-locked hotel drives him to insanity in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980—Feb 28). A wealthy family is violently terrorized by two unassuming, well-dressed young men in Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997—Feb 21). Kathy Bates’ obsession with her favorite novelist becomes a violent kidnapping in Rob Reiner’s Misery (1990—Feb 27). Anthony Hopkins stars as cannibal psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter employed by Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to nab a serial killer in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991—Feb 26).A terrifying serial killer spirit terrorizes a Chicago housing project in Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992—Feb 24). The satire of all slasher flicks, Wes Craven’s Scream (1996—Feb 25), deconstructs the genre while delivering scares. A second Wes Craven selection, The People Under the Stairs (1991—Feb 19), follows a young boy as he uncovers a suburban house of horrors. Isolated in suburbia and suspicious of his new, nocturnal neighbors, Tom Hanks stars in Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989), closing out the series on March 1.