Us Jordan Peele

Last spring, director Jordan Peele vented his frustration after his breakthrough film ‘Get Out’ was nominated for the Golden Globes in the Musical or Comedy category.  It’s bizarre to think anyone saw that ‘Twilight Zone’-esque thriller and thought that it was either a musical or a comedy.  With his sophomore film opening this weekend, Peele took to Twitter to set the record straight: “‘Us’ is a horror movie.”

While ‘Get Out’ wasn’t a traditional comedy, there was some humor present, which isn’t always the case with horror flicks.  That presumably led to the confusion.  Remember, in 2016, ‘The Martian’ WON the Best Picture — Comedy or Musical Golden Globe.  That’s another movie that had humorous elements but was far from a laugh riot.  (Full disclosure, the studio determines which category to submit a film under, not the Golden Globes voting body.)

Peele previously stated:

“I’m such a horror nut that the genre confusion of ‘Get Out’ broke my heart a little. I set out to make a horror movie, and it’s kind of not a horror movie.  As a horror fan, I really wanted to contribute something to that world.”

In a separate interview, Peele did admit that he plays around with various genres.  This is how he approached ‘Us’:

“One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite.  That’s my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble ‘Get Out’. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one.”

The excitement for ‘Us’ is palpable.  After winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Get Out’, fans are excited for another horror movie with a dash of humor and plot twists that transcend the genre.

‘Us’ stalks into theaters on March 22, 2019.