Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are no strangers to the paranormal. Many of their sketches honor the genre in a way that shows they must be fans of it. Need more proof? Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is a horror movie. But the show wouldn’t be Key & Peele if Jordan and Keegan didn’t turn the genre on its head.
NO, YOU’RE SCARED
Suspense, foreboding angles and sound effects? Big deal. When you’re a guy’s guy who’s just seen a horror movie, you aren’t scared of those things, and you’ll make sure your friend knows it. But maybe your cinema companion can walk you to your car. You know, just in case.
Zombies are scary enough, but two men discover an even more bone-chilling subset of the undead: racist walkers in the ’burbs. These unwoke zombies possess an all-too-discriminating taste in living human flesh.
THE BLACK SHINING
Paying homage to Stephen King’s classic novel “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of it and the telepathic black character in both works, the guys took it a step further to imagine a world where all black people have the ability to communicate without speaking a word. Not even King himself could’ve predicted the places Keegan and Jordan took this story.
A SUPER AWKWARD SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER
Not all ghost stories are filled with overwrought intensity and gothic gloom; sometimes the scariest tales simply involve two loose acquaintances who find themselves making excruciating small talk in a graveyard.
TORTURING A PSYCHO CLOWN
In a nod to “Saw,” two men are handcuffed and mutilated in the same barren room. But being imprisoned and tortured by a psychotic clown doesn’t stop these guys from keeping things in perspective. No torture-induced open flesh wounds, loss of limbs or feasting rodents can discourage them. The psychotic clown torture artist, on the other hand, may end up losing it.