Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke star in Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us,” about a family facing invaders during a summer getaway.
Santa Claus has already come to town, and now Santa Jordan’s gifting us with something horrific.
Writer/director Jordan Peele unveiled the first trailer for his new horror movie “Us” (in theaters March 15), the highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning social thriller ”Get Out,” on Christmas morning. And it’s guaranteed to freak some folks out between opening presents and digging into their ham dinners.
That’s definitely part of the reason for the holiday timing, Peele tells USA TODAY, adding in a devious little “Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha” chuckle. “There is a certain Christmas magic that I want to sort of tap the dark side of with this trailer. It’s a movie about a family, and at a time when families are together to be able to discuss what they’ve just seen, it resonates in a special way.”
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) takes her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to her beachside California hometown for a summer getaway. One night, though, mysterious individuals show up in their driveway, and the little boy announces the visitors in truly creepy fashion: “It’s us.” Cue various scary scenery with the Wilsons’ malevolent doppelgangers haunting the family that live up to the trailer’s chilling tagline “We are our own worst enemy.”
The golden scissors that have thus far played a significant role in the “Us” marketing show up in the trailer being wielded by the invaders. There is a symbolic reason for their presence, Peele says, though he won’t reveal any more about the idea called “The Tethering” around which “Us” revolves. “Something I love about the horror genre is that everyday objects become weapons, so I wanted to create some elegant iconography. But the inherent duality of two equal objects that are connected, and an object that’s used to sever or cut, is very important to the film.”
Oh, yeah, and there’s a point for all those rabbits in the trailer, too. “I have many reasons for all the sort of symbology in the movie,” Peele adds. “There’s a certain amount I want the audience to be able to unpack, but I can say just about any piece of symbolism that you could pull from the rabbit specifically I think is applicable to this story.”
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