Will Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Be More Terrifying Than ‘Get Out’?

Jordan Peele knows how to tell a good horror story. His 2017 film Get Out was so astonishing, that it was one of the most talked-about films of the year and it picked up numerous accolades during awards season. Now, Peele is looking to bringing a new nightmare into our lives with his 2019 horror film, Us.

Though Get Out seemed to appear at the top of 2017 out of nowhere, Us and the mystery around it is already being unveiled. However, it’s coming with warning signs. When the announcement date for the trailer stopped, it read, “Join the Untethering and get ready for a new nightmare from the mind of @JordanPeele, writer/director of Get Out. The trailer for Us drops Christmas day. #WatchYourself.” So will Peele’s new nightmare be scarier than Get Out?

Us is going to be much more terrifying the Get Out

Though Get Out is a horror film, it certainly has many more thriller elements then the flat-out gore many of us are used to when it comes to terrifying movies. During an exclusive Us trailer-viewing presentation in New York City in late December 2018, Peele told The Cheat Sheet, “It’s important to note that Us — unlike Get Out is not about race. It is a horror film. I dedicated a lot of myself to creating new horror mythology and new monsters. I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears in society. It was very important to me to have a Black family at the center of a horror film.”

What is Us about?

We’re going to see a lot more guts and gore in Us then we did in Get Out. According to Entertainment Weekly, “The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family  Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who’s haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway. ”

From the trailer, we can see that the four figures at the end of the Wilsons driveway are much more familiar than we could have ever imagined — in fact they look very much like the Wilsons themselves. Only they are clothed in red jumpsuits, and they seem to be clutching massive golden scissors. Peele told EW, “these monsters are called “the Tethered.”

As Peele explained, “It is about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. That is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”

Us will debut March 15, 2019.

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