LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Natasha Lyonne arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere For Peacock Original Series "Poker Face"  at Hollywood Legion Theater on January 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
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Rian Johnson Recruited A Modern Master Of Horror For Poker Face
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for Episode 5 of "Poker Face."
Rian Johnson's new Peacock series, "Poker Face," is a total blast with unique murder mysteries that wrap up before the end of each episode. Johnson directed a couple of the episodes but also brought in some talented folks to take on helming duties, such as horror maestro Lucky McKee, who wrote and directed the bona fide contemporary horror classic, “May.”
McKee directs Episode 5, "Time of the Monkey," which opens with vintage, 1970s-style credit and finds our hero Charlie Cale working at a nursing home and meeting two sinister villains, Joyce and Irene. They are a pair of fiercely funny felons who seem like the coolest old ladies on the planet until viewers find out they tried to kill some kids with homemade crockpot bombs.
Joyce and Irene are both terrifying and surprisingly likable, which is something of McKee's specialty, and give Charlie a real run for her money, almost killing her after a lengthy battle. McKee is incredible at making audiences sympathize (or at least empathize) with monstrous ladies, and "Poker Face" is the latest and greatest example of his talents.