Peele’s New Thriller, US
Get Out Director Takes "Us" to the Sunken Place
After the huge successful of his debut horror movie, Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele is baaaaaack, with another bone chiller, Us. While we’re only getting a brief look at the specifics behind the concept in the trailer for the new film, there are enough horrifying hints to give us pause and scare the bejesus out of us.
Why so terrifying? Much like Get Out‘s Armitage family, led by the frightening as fuck matriarch Missy (Catherine Keener, “Now sink into the floor…”), Us introduces us to the Wilsons, a seemingly normal family off for an idyllic summer vacation. Led by Adelaide (Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o) and Gabe (Winston Duke, the breakout performer—of many—in Black Panther), the Wilsons and their two kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) arrive at Adelaide’s family summer home hoping for a relaxing respite. Joined by their good friends the Tylers (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker) on the shores of Northern California, all seems picture-perfect. Until it isn’t.
When their son wanders off, drawn to a mysterious man standing corpse-like on the beach, a fear is ignited in the Wilsons, and that night, they’re visited by four shadowy figures in red…who. look. just. like. them. Now let that sink in. Called The Tethered, the strange and dangerous invaders descend on the family home, and violence ensues. Terrible, unthinkable, violence. When asked exactly who The Tethered are, Peele said in a recent interview, “The main idea that went into writing this film, is that we’re our own worst enemy, and that idea created this monster.”
Besides doppelgänger monsters, there are some classic horror movie elements like rabbits and sharp, golden scissors, which Peele admits are anxiety triggers for him, mainly because they’re so mundane and considered innocent. In the hands of the talented and twisted Peele, bunnies be bad, and we’re just fine with that.
Hoping for lightening to strike twice, Peele is releasing Us at the same time of year that Get Out opened in 2017, on March 15th.