The first trailer for Wendell & Wilds leans hard into its creepy side, inspired by Coraline

The first trailer for Wendell & Wilds leans hard into its creepy side, inspired by Coraline ...

Wendell & Wild, the latest stop-motion animated adventure from Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is focusing on the film's terrifying horror elements above all else. Peele's involvement in the film, which was announced during a set visit earlier this year, has given him some anxiety since he and Selick were pitching it to studios around the time Peeles film The Out, in which case, Get Out might be torpedoed completely.

Polygon had a chance to see the first 30 minutes of the film earlier this year, and it starts off as an angry orphan who is being released from the juvenile justice system into a Catholic school in her old hometown. They devise a plot to get her to assist them in escaping a tiny hell prison they dwell in, built atop a 300-foot-tall demon named Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames).

Wendell & Wild, like Selick's other projects, has a darker side, but its a macabre, haunting sort of comedy. I don't want to do powerful horror, he says. I dislike slasher movies. I hate realistic horror, but [this film] can be pretty scary.