Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was the hit 2017 film Get Out, which shocked, delighted and horrified audiences nationwide. And immediately, once people saw what Peele could do with a concept and a solidly written script, the nation was holding its breath to see what he would do next.
Then came the announcement for his next film, Us, due out in March 2019. Peele said Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o, would be “a new nightmare,” and when the trailer was released on Christmas Day 2018, it definitely disturbed the visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads.
We are our own worst enemy. A new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner @JordanPeele, writer/director of Get Out. Watch the trailer for #UsMovie and get tickets now: https://t.co/h6ojaQj2R2 #WatchYourself pic.twitter.com/cDpePe1U7e
— Us (@UsMovie) December 25, 2018
The trailer follows a family, headed by Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who are hunted by terrifying and grotesque copies of themselves who “won’t stop til all of us are dead.”
What a perfect way to get the Christmas willies!
I JUST RUINED MY FAMILYS CHRISTMAS BY MAKING THEM WATCH THIS https://t.co/rEVnX2og1K
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) December 25, 2018
Never in a million years would I imagine "I Got 5 On It" would be a soundtrack for suspense.
Looks awesome @JordanPeele.
— Gracie Raw (@Gracie_Raw) December 25, 2018
— Marlene (@MsMarleneOdom) December 25, 2018
Don’t know how I’m gonna sit thru this movie if I’m this scared of the trailer pic.twitter.com/tgxrenEeHu
— pauline edwards 🙅🏾♀️ (@paulinecamera) December 25, 2018
“It’s a horror film [and] I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology, a new monster,” Peele said, according to Gizmodo. “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.”
Many are saying that Us will join the ranks of the ’80s slasher movie franchises that have made it into our collective unconscious, such as A Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th. In contrast to Peele’s work, those reflect conservative Reagan-era values.
“These largely apolitical movies — packed with exploitative carnage and sex — nonetheless have a common theme that Moral Majority types can get behind: If you’re a kid who has premarital sex, does drugs, binge-drinks, and parties like a fool, you will be severely punished,” wrote horror mogul Stephen King in his essay, Why We Crave Horror Movies.
“[It was] very important for me to have a black family at the center of a horror film,” Peele said. “But it’s also important to note this movie, unlike Get Out, is not about race. It is, instead, about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth: the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”
— Edward Sanchez (@edwardistheman) December 25, 2018
Me throughout the whole movie in March pic.twitter.com/zXpU4OgzLd
— Joyleen (@Joyleen03700684) December 25, 2018
Me @ the family standing outside. pic.twitter.com/pvPgAoI5mo
— are we there yet? 🏳️🌈🌈 (@terrasphynx) December 25, 2018
@GraceRandolph I think this is one to watch. I have seen tons of theories and threads about this already. And I know if I could buy tickets for it I would… Right now!!!
— Katrina (@KatrinaLynWhite) December 25, 2018
This movie trailer really is going to dog all of us into the New Year; every time we look in a mirror, we’re going to flinch.
— Berrak Sarikaya | Content Strategist | Speaker (@BerrakBiz) December 25, 2018
Creepiest kid since The Shining pic.twitter.com/Cv3PsnUUHC
— Jonny Bunning (@JonnyBunning) December 25, 2018
I have never before in my life been so afraid of having five on it
— TT the Hormone Monstress (@ketaminedream) December 25, 2018
— Sunn m'Cheaux (@sunnmcheaux) December 25, 2018
This might be too scary. pic.twitter.com/qx5kf0BB8P
— Evelyn N. Alfred (@EvelynNAlfred) December 25, 2018
Sorry can't come to watch the movie. Already deceased from this moment. pic.twitter.com/hVP0a4awL2
— Raven Banner (@RavenBanner) December 25, 2018
But will the film deliver on the trailer’s promise?
I’m legit scared to go see #UsMovie. I can’t handle creepy children, especially creepy children who crawl. 😥
— Nichole ✨✨✨ (@tnwhiskeywoman) December 25, 2018
So, not only am I psyched for this, I’m double-psyched because you took a Luniz track and made it creepy AF, and dare I say…better. I need this version asap-tually. Keep them scissors ✂️, gimme that song! https://t.co/B8IyaIjFR4
— lauren warren (@iamlaurenp) December 25, 2018
Terrified and thrilled. I'm ready to watch this in theaters a few times at the very least. Holy shit. Also, it looks like a stunning performance from Lupita…again.
— Jasmine Evaristo (@swiftlyinflight) December 25, 2018
We certainly hope so, though we’re sure we won’t sleep for weeks.