Wendell & Wild, the latest stop-motion animated adventure from Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is focusing on the film's eerie horror aspects above all else. Peele was given some chills by Polygon about pitching the film to studios around the time Peele's directorial debut Get Out was set to be released.
Polygon had a chance to see the first 30 minutes of the film earlier this year, and it starts off like a horror movie. Kat (Lyric Ross) is an angry orphan who is being sent to a Catholic school in her old hometown. They discover she's a Hell Maiden who can summon demons to the mortal realm, and they devise a plot to smuggle her out of a 300-foot-tall demon named Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames).
Wendell & Wild, like Selick's other projects, has a comic element, but its not a horror film at all, according to Selick. I don't want to do strong horror at all. I prefer realistic horror. But [this film] can be quite frightening.