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The first trailer for Wendell & Wildthe latest stop motion animation adventure from Coraline and The nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, focuses on the creepy horror aspects of the film above all else. The film, which hits Netflix on October 28, stars longtime comedy partners Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as the title characters, with Peele co-producing the film. (As Polygon learned during a set visit earlier this year, producing the film involved Peele some anxiety, as he and Selick threw it into the studios around the time Peele’s directorial debut. Out was releasing – and Peele thought Out could flop and torpedo Wendell & Wild whole.)
Polygon had a chance to watch the first 30 minutes of the film earlier this year, and it certainly doesn’t start out like a horror movie. The focus is on 13-year-old Kat (Lyric Ross), an angry orphan who is released from juvenile justice to a Catholic school in her old hometown. Two demon brothers, Wendell (Key) and Wild (Peele), discover that she is a “Hell Maiden” who can summon demons to the mortal realm, and they devise a plan to help her escape the small infernal prison they live in. built atop the giant round stomach of a 300-foot-tall demon named Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames). Angela Bassett, James Hong and Natalie Martinez are co-stars.
Just like Selick’s other projects, including the live-action/stop-motion hybrids James and the Big Peach and monkey leg, Wendell & Wild also has its comedic side, but it’s a macabre, creepy comedy. In a recent interview about the upcoming movie, Selick told Polygon that while the movie has horror elements, he doesn’t see it primarily as a horror movie. “A few things I don’t want to do: I don’t want to do a strong horror,” he says. “I hate slasher movies. I hate realistic horror. But I to do like scary things. And [this movie] can be damn scary.”