27 Details, References, And Easter Eggs In The Jordan Peele Movies

Jordan Peele is the master of small details.

Jordan Peele is one of the best screenwriters, directors and performers working today. Whether it’s comedy horror, he’s a big fan of small details.

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But not only because they are fun for the public to discover. They add to the reality of the world, and according to Peele: “The best comedy and horror feel like they are happening in reality. You have a rule or two that you bend or reinforce, but the world that surrounds is real.”

So let’s break down some of the best hidden details, easter eggs, and references in his films.


Jordan Peele has noted that the title of get out is a reference to what people want to scream at the screen while watching a horror movie. The title is also related to the Eddie Murphy track that partially inspired the film (see #20).


Some actors have to use tricks to cry on screen, but not Daniel Kaluuya. He was given the lead role in get out after doing five takes of the same scene. In all of them, he produced a perfect “one tear” scream that blew Jordan Peele away.


Symbolism? Metaphor? Of course it is there. But a big reason why Peele used rabbits in We it’s because they’re just plain scary. He said BBC“They are very cuddly but they also have a sociopathic expression and they look at you in a creepy way.”


2021 candy man, written by Peele, was partially filmed in Cabrini Green. This was the neighborhood in which the original movie was filmed, but it has since been demolished. Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and Nia DaCosta used the actual state of Cabrini Green’s townhouses to explore the film’s theme of gentrification.


We is inspired by many horror films that Jordan Peele loves, and he wanted his cast to have a “shared language” when making the film. He gave the actors a list of such movies to watch: The birds, Jaws, Dead Again, The Shining, The Sixth Sense, The Babadook, It Follows, Funny Games, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, and A story of two sisters.


I’m crossing my fingers that child actors don’t have to watch Martyrs.


Keegan-Michael Key is allergic to cats, and in Keanu there were seven different felines that played the lead role. He had to take regular allergy medication to be on set with them, but he always made sure they were paid for their work. All cats received a crate of Fancy Feast and cat toys.


All of the candy man maybe haunted. Director Nia DaCosta reported that there was an infestation during filming. An infestation of what? The bees.


The crew of We didn’t have to overdress on the Santa Cruz beach promenade. Many attractions and buildings date from the 1910s, and there is actually an underground tunnel system. The Hall of Mirrors, however, was added for the film.


Fun fact some people were scared go to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk after We has been freed.


In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Peele said the single leather glove worn by the attaches is a reference to other famous people who have worn gloves solo. Most notably: Freddy Kreuger, OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson.


In candy manthe character William Burke reads Weaveworld, which is a book written by Clive Barker. The character of Candyman was created by Barker in his short story “The Forbidden”.


Name verification! Another character in the film, Clive Privler, was named after Clive Barker. And by the way, William Burke (the character pictured above) shares a name with a 19th century Irish serial killer.


Lupita Nyong’o based Red’s voice over Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Specifically, Kennedy had spasmodic dysphoria which causes your vocal muscles to spasm.


For how incredible and densely packed get out that is, Peele managed to complete filming just 23 days after it began.


Method Man played a character named Cheese in Thread. The name of his character in Keanu? Cheddar.


In candy man (2021), the same crying baby sound from the 1992 film was reused.


In We, says Adelaide’s mother: “They’re shooting a movie over there, by the carousel.” This is a reference to the opening scene of the lost boysa vampire movie that also features the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk.


The opening of get out inspired a bit by Halloweena film that re-imagined the idea of ​​the “perfect white neighborhood”.


During a car chase scene at Keanu, we quickly see a sign that says “Judge Jessie”. It’s a personage played by Keegan-Michael Key in Key and Peele.


Jordan Peele was originally set to direct candy manbut he quit to work on We. Nia DaCosta ended up directing and became the first black filmmaker to have a film open to No. 1 at the box office.


Like Peele noted“I was working on We when that would have happened. But quite honestly, Nia is better at shooting this than me. I’m way too obsessed with the original tales in my head. I probably wouldn’t be good. But Nia has a stable way about her that you don’t see much in the horror space. She is refined, elegant, each shot is magnificent. It’s a beautiful, beautiful film. I’m so glad I didn’t mess it up.”


Jordan Peele was partially inspired To do get out by Eddie Murphy. Murphy’s 1983 Delusional has a bit in which the comedian explains why people don’t just leave haunted houses as soon as strange things start happening. He even says get out title towards the end.


It might seem like a no-brainer that Keanu Reeves voiced the cat in Keanu. In fact, it was only added when the first trailer for the film was already released. Reeves saw the preview and wanted to be involved, so he contacted Key and Peele and they integrate it (begins about 43 seconds later).


In candy man, shadow puppets show some of the horrific consequences of racial violence. This is similar to the puppet made by Kara Walkerwhich uses shadow figures to explore racism.


Jordan Peele told Duke Nicholson to play his character in We like Lloyd the bartender the brilliant. At the time, Peele hadn’t realized that Duke was actually the grandson of Jack Nicholson, who played alongside Lloyd the bartender in this iconic scene.

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Fun fact, Duke Nicholson is also this guy on the cover of Lana Del Rey’s album Norman fucking Rockwell!


The main theme of get outcomposed by Michael Abels, is “Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga.” It is sung in Swahili, except for the word “brother” (sung in English) which Abels said was a powerful word within the black community. Abels saw the voices in the song as the souls of slaves and lynching victims warn Chris. The lyrics translate to “Brother, run! Listen to the elders. Listen to the truth. Flee! Save yourself.”


Listening to “Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga”, you might think that Micahel Abels is a movie pro. It may be a legend, but get out was actually his first film score. He has traditionally worked in the fields of blues, jazz and African music. The composition “Urban Legends” is what prompted Peele to consider Abels for get out.


On first viewing, it appears Rose is standing up for Chris when the cop pulls them over for standing up for her boyfriend. In reality, she’s trying to avoid Chris’s license being executed so that he can’t be traced back to the Armitages once they take over his body.


[SPOILER for Candyman] When Anne-Marie tells Anthony McCoy that William Burke is the baby Candyman tried to sacrifice in 1992, a scar is visible on his shoulder. This is where Helen stabbed Anne-Marie with a meat cleaver in the original film.


[SPOILER for Candyman (2021)] To summon the Candyman, you must say his name five times into a mirror. Anthony McCoy’s name is said five times in the movie before he becomes Candyman.

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