What is one thing Jordan Peele hopes you take away from his upcoming horror flick, ‘Us?’ You should be very afraid of scissors.
A pair of golden scissors are featured prominently throughout trailers and posters for ‘Us.’ In a recent interview, Peele explained that the use of scissors was no coincidence, but something that was inspired by his love of horror. Peele said:
“You should already be scared of scissors. I love that everyday objects are used as weapons in horror films. It’s a quintessential trope. I don’t shy away from horror tropes to make my stories.”
The footage that has been released so far has left fans wondering what is really going on in the film. A family of four is being stalked by their lookalikes, but trailers make it clear that the doppelgängers aren’t exactly human. Peele said:
“You need to see the movie because there are a lot of messages to take away. What I have talked about so far is that we as a culture, we are afraid of invaders. We are afraid of the outsider. Our fear lies in this idea that there’s a bad guy is coming to get us. This movie is about the fact that we are our own worst enemy.”
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, ‘Us,’ from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (‘Black Panther’s’ Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. ‘Us’ pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
‘Us’ opens on March 21.