Wendell & Wild, the latest stop-motion animated adventure from Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, focuses on the film's eerie horror aspects above everything else. (As Polygon learned during a set visit earlier this year, producing the film brought Peele some worry, since he and Selick were pitching it to studios around the time Peeles' directorial debut Get Out was releasing, and Peele thought Get Out might flop and torpedo We
Polygon had a chance to see the first 30 minutes of the film earlier this year, and it doesnt start off as a horror film. Kat (Key) and Wild (Peele) discover she's a Hell Maiden who can summon demons to the mortal realm, and they devise a plot to get her to help them escape a tiny hell prison they live in, built atop a 300-foot-tall demon named Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames).
Wendell & Wild, like Selick's other films, has a comic component, but it's not a primary horror film: I don't want to do strong horror, says the filmmaker. I don't want to do horrific horror films, but I do like scary stuff. And [this film] can be pretty scary.