Jordan Peele Was Scared of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Poster
Before his films inspired nightmares, Jordan Peele got nightmares from just looking at the A Nightmare on Elm Street poster.
“You know, I’d see, like, the Nightmare on Elm Street poster, and it would just creep me out — not even the whole movie, ” Peele said on the Jimmy Fallon Show when asked about having night terrors. “You know, for like, two years I was just creeped out by that poster.”
The original poster was created by Matthew Joseph Peak when he was just a novice. “A Nightmare on Elm Street was the first movie poster I did,” Peak admitted in an email to a Mubi writer. The only direction he got was, “just do a girl sleeping with monsters in her head.” Although there have been many creative variations to represent the film, Peak’s work is still regarded as one of the best movie posters in horror.
“It’s a scary-ass poster,” Peele says, and we couldn’t agree more.
Peele went on to recount telling a scary story to a group of kids in ninth grade and feeling satisfied by their terror. “When you get an audience to shudder, and to give you that feedback, it’s so powerful. And I just felt like ‘Man, I am Freddy Krueger. I can be the monster. I can give the night terrors,’ Peele said with a smirk.
A few weeks ago, Peele wore a Freddy Krueger scarf while posing with Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke promoting his new movie ‘US.’
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 20, 2019
We think it’s safe to say that Jordan is a verified “FredHead.” Did any of the A Nightmare on Elm Street posters scare you?
Watch the Jimmy Fallon Show interview below.