Jordan Peele’s Color Theory

Jordan Peele’s world may be a nightmare, but at least it looks beautiful.

By Meg Shields Published on August 8, 2022

Welcome to The Queue – your daily diversion of curated video content sourced from the web. Today we take a look at a video essay about the use of color in the films of ‘Nope’ and ‘Get Out’ director Jordan Peele.


In a very short time, Jordan Peele has distinguished herself as one of the boldest voices in 21st century horror. Each of his three directorial roles was an oasis of original storytelling in a sea of ​​tentpole franchises. Even humble horror movies are not immune to sequelitis. But Peele goes against the grain: delivering sharp, chilly stories that always align with the genre’s legacy.

Out marked Peele’s directorial debut in 2017, telling the gut-wrenching story of a black man, uh, out of the body experience with his white girlfriend’s skin-crawling family. In 2019, Peele redoubled his keen interest in adding his voice to the identity horror genre with U.S, in which a family’s vacation turns into a nightmare with the arrival of their violent doppelganger. And most recently, in 2022, Peele tackles UFOs with the succinct title no.

In addition to high concepts and a keen interest in drawing social commentary from ghostly stories, Peele’s cinematic output is remarkably colorful. Do you remember the colors? Not all movies are shot in a cool wash of gray or sepia, it turns out.

The following video essay offers a drive-by look at how Jordan Peele uses color: from fall colors to vibrant crimson tones to dark, dreamy blues.

Watch “Jordan Peele’s Colors”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5vioYheJk


Who made this?

This video about the colors of Jordan Peele movies comes courtesy of the fine folks at Little white liesa film-obsessed magazine in the UK. Luis Azevedo is the director behind this video, featuring Adam Woodward acting as producer. You can follow Little white lies on Twitter here. And you can check out their official website here. You can subscribe to their YouTube account here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior staff member at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That? and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer. Meg has been raving about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Twitter can be found here: @TheWorstNun. (she her).

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