Horror fans are *still* debating whether or not Jordan Peele‘s Get Out was a horror movie, as we’re apt to do these days – for what it’s worth, of course it’s a horror movie… if you’re asking me – and Peele himself comments on that discussion in a new chat with Rolling Stone this week. In his mind, this year’s Us will be his first true horror movie, he explains.
“I’m such a horror nut that the genre confusion of Get Out broke my heart a little. I set out to make a horror movie, and it’s kind of *not* a horror movie,” Peele told Rolling Stone.
He continued, “As a horror fan, I really wanted to contribute something to that world.”
The follow-up paragraph explains, in Rolling Stone writer Brian Hiatt’s own words, “Us, his new movie, is that contribution, unambiguously so. Get Out is existentially terrifying; Us is spill-your-soda scary. It’s the tale of a family facing off with unsettling doppelgängers of themselves, which Peele calls the Tethered — he means them to be a “monster mythology,” in keeping with Universal’s Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman tradition. He’s taking some mischievous pleasure at the prospect of freaking out some of Get Out’s more genteel fans.”
Admittedly, I will forever be annoyed by the suggestion that Get Out isn’t a horror movie – even if it’s coming direct from Jordan Peele – but it’s certainly exciting to hear that he personally views Us as much more of a horror film than his debut feature. Should be a true nightmare!
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Us arrives in theaters on March 22.