Jordan Peele achieved considerable success with his directorial-debut Get Out in 2017.
Recently, a trailer finally arrived for Peele’s sophomore effort, simply titled “Us”. The film is reportedly a spiritual sequel to Get Out, and will tackle themes of race in the realm of the genre film. While Get Out can be easier defined as a satirical thriller, his latest film appears much more entrenched in the horror genre. The footage triggered a stir on social media, with fans beginning to contemplate the message behind the film’s twisted narrative.
The film concerns a family vacationing at a beach house, who are suddenly invaded by doppelgängers. Fortunately, the trailer is shrouded in ambiguity, and reveals little behind the surface of the plot. Despite this, certain shots were clearly employed to welcome early fan-theories and hearsay, of which there has been plenty.
Reportedly, Peele gave the film’s cast a list of ten horror films, urging them to do their homework and ensuring that each performer understood the horror language which Peele wished to respect. There are some terrific inclusions:
–The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
–The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
–Dead Again (Kenneth Branagh, 1991)
–The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
–A Tale of Two Sisters (Jee-woon Kim, 2003)
–Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 2007)
–Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)
–Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
–The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
–It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
It’s certainly an intriguing selection, and just from the trailer you can see which of these have proved themselves a huge influence on the cast and direction of the project; particularly It Follows and Funny Games. With such a respect for the genre, it’s clear to see why Peele’s work up to yet has struck a chord with genre fans. Us – due to release in March 2019 – looks set to be a great addition to his filmography, cementing him as one of modern horror’s most important filmmakers.