Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has set a new benchmark for horror

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'Us' poster (IMDb 2019)

Jordan Peele’s Us, the successor to his maiden film and 2018’s best original screenplay Oscar winner, Get Out, has solidified Peele as the new ‘king of horror’ in the film industry.

This chilling masterpiece begins in 1986, when a young girl, Adelaide, wanders off from her family at a carnival, eventually losing herself in a maze of mirrors where she encounters her doppelgänger.

Flash-forward to the modern day, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) and her family, the Wilsons, are vacationing at their holiday home when a family of their doppelgänger selves, identifying themselves as “the tethered”, intrude the house.

Red (Adelaide’s doppelgänger, played by Nyong’o) delivers a memorable, spine-tingling monologue that would have any horror enthusiast turning their heads, as she informs the Wilsons that her family are tired of living in the shadows and that it is their time to live on the surface.

Red allows the Wilsons a head-start in a run for their lives before the horrific game of cat-and-mouse commences.

Accompanied with music by Michael Abels that provides an eerie, satanic vibe throughout the film, Us has mastered the perfect balance of the horror-comedy genre as it will have you smirking while wide-eyed and frozen in anticipation of what’s to come.

Nyong’o’s performances as Red and Adelaide are truly spellbinding; one convincingly breaking apart in terror and the other genuinely horrific. The mesmerising contrast executed to perfection holds the film together in areas that may have crumbled with any other actress.

The final plot twist is well worth the wait, leaving you jaw-dropped when you leave the cinema as you’ll be piecing together the puzzle for hours afterwards, making for a rare re-watchable horror.

Peele’s Us has set a new benchmark for the genre and will have horror buffs counting down the days until his next release.

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MARK MILLER
I'm a passionate sport fanatic, mainly wrapped up in AFL and the NBA. I aspire to one day work abroad in America, involved in some form of sports media, preferably writing.

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