If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting Christmas morning. Not for the presents, however, but for the drop of the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s newest movie: Us.
Us follows a happy family comprised of a married couple, a daughter and a son who, during a summer vacation, are confronted by…well, themselves. Weird right? Well these alternate versions are violent and deranged, and where they came from, no one knows but some have speculated they are “The Tethered” that Peele has mentioned in previous interviews. Unlike Get Out, whose trailer was confusing as to what the overall tone of the film was, Us is very clearly a horror film, filled with blood, dark imagery and scares.
Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke play the parents, with Shahadi Wright-Joseph and Evan Alex as their kids. Elisabeth Moss, of The Handmaid’s Tale, plays an unnamed family friend along with Tim Heidecker, who plays her unnamed husband.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele screened this trailer for media, and even made a few remarks about the film:
“Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film,” Peele said. “But it’s also important to note, unlike Get Out, Us is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”
“I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster,” he said. “I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society.”
If this is the birth of a new kind of monster story, then I am excited to see what kind of nightmares will be born from this film. And don’t forget, we also have Peele’s take on The Twilight Zone coming soon too!
Us premieres in theaters on March 15, 2019.