Harebrained horror anticipated from Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’


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Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o portrays two vastly different characters in horror film “Us,” which hits theaters March 22.

Alexis Gutierrez

Jordan Peele’s new psychological thriller, “Us,” follows a family of four on their beach-side vacation turned nightmarish survival battle.

The film stars Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Tim Heidecker, Yanhya Abdul-Mateen, and Anna Diop. Duke and Nyong’o, who were previously in “Black Panther” together, play parents to the family’s kids, Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph.

The trailer depicts a content family on a drive to the beach nodding along to Luniz’ 1994 hip-hop hit “I Got 5 On It.” When they arrive on the beach, the couple’s son wanders away, stumbling upon a gory man on the beach bearing scissors. It then cuts to nighttime at the family’s beach house where the family spots a group of four masked, red jumpsuit-clothed people standing in their driveway.

The group immediately scrambles and captures the family, taunting them with their similar looks and sinister mannerisms. The masked family, eerily referred to as “the tethered,” are the Wilsons’ doppelgangers, who plot to kill off the members in order to detach from them. A distressed Duke whispers, “Who are are you people?” to which his son answers, “It’s us.” As the trailer progresses, “I Got 5 On It” becomes more and more distorted, providing an appropriately eery tone for the film.

In 2018, Peele became the first African-American screenwriter to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay “Get Out,.” More recently, he produced “Blackkklansmen,” which gained six Academy Awards nominations and won director Spike Lee the Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.

Peele is most notable for his intricate stories with deep, symbolic meanings. Fans have already begun to formulate theories about what some of the symbols in “Us” might mean. According to Peele, “Us,” unlike the 2016 film “Get Out,” is not about race but rather explores people and how “we’re our own worst enemy.”

Rated R, haunting “Us” hits theaters March 22.