Wendell & Wild, the latest stop-motion animated adventure from Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, is centered on the film's eerie horror aspects above everything else. Peele and his longtime comedy partners Polygon were involved in pitching the film to studios around the time Peele's directorial debut Get Out was due to be released.
Polygon had a chance to see the first 30 minutes of the film earlier this year, and it starts off as a horror film. Kat (Lyric Ross) is an angry orphan who is being sent to a Catholic school in her old hometown. They devise a plot to get her to assist them in escaping a tiny hell prison they live in, which is built atop a 300-foot-tall demon named Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames).
Wendell & Wild, like Selick's other projects, also has a comic side, but it's a macabre, eerie kind of comedy. I don't want to do strong horror, he says. I don't like slasher films. I prefer realistic horror. [This movie] can be quite frightening.