I loved Jordan Peele’s 2016 film Get Out. It was an extremely effective horror movie with an important (but not ham-fisted) message, one hell of a twist, and incredible performances.
So, of course, I recently watched the trailer for Peele’s newest project, Us.
And holy fucking shit does it look terrifying.
The film follows the Wilson family, Gabe (Winston Duke), Adelaide (Lupita Nyongo’o) and their two children. They go on vacation, meet up with a couple of friends, and generally a good time is had by all.
Until their son sees a family standing in their driveway. A family that looks exactly like them. And all hell breaks loose.
This concept seems to be based on the idea of a doppelgänger. Now, this is a concept that people tend to find somewhat scary, particularly since doppelgängers are rarely benign; think of the evil twin trope that tends to pop up in a lot of media. Edgar Allan Poe was particularly fond of this device, and I think that the main characters’ surname is, in fact, a direct reference to his story William Wilson, which deals directly with the subject.
Also, Lupita Nyongo’o needs to be in more everything.
Like Get Out, Us is both written and directed by Peele. It is currently set for release on March 15, 2019.