The trailer for Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ looks terrifying & thought-provoking

Jake Gyllenhaal supports his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at the screening for her Netflix film

We’ve established that I’m a giant scaredy cat, right? I am – I can’t watch most horror films. I’m fine with blood and gore, even if I don’t really like those films. But anything where a ghost reaches out of a mirror, or a zombie clone sticks a pair of scissors in her ear, I’m out. Sorry not sorry. I did watch – and love – Jordan Peele’s Get Out. I thought it was brilliant, and the “scares” in that film were mostly intellectual and thought-provoking. While I know Get Out was characterized as horror, I found it to be more of a suspense-drama-comedy. Since Get Out, Jordan Peele has been hard at work on a variety of projects, as an actor (and voice actor) and producer. He produced BlacKkKlansman, did you know that? He’s also producing a docu-series on Lorena Bobbitt AND he’s rebooting The Twilight Zone. But many were wondering about his secretive directorial follow-up to Get Out. We knew the film was called Us. We knew Lupita Nyong’o was involved. But no one knew the plot or what any of it was about. Well, the trailer dropped on Christmas Day. And I’m out, just FYI.

What I love is that Jordan Peele is such a horror-intellectual – he loves old-fashioned scares and gore and all of that, but mostly he gets off on finding new ways to be unsettling, to make audiences uncomfortable on a lot of different levels. That’s what will happen here – Us looks bloodier and more traditional-horror than Get Out. But I’m positive it will have uncomfortable themes about race and family too. That being said, I’m still out. I will have nightmares for months if I see this movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal supports his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at the screening for her Netflix film

Posters courtesy of ‘Us’ and additional photos courtesy of Empire, EW.

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  1. Ameara says:

    It looks sooooo good! I’m very excited!

  2. Lucy says:

    I’m so into the work of all these comedy actors and writers (Peele, Krasinski, Hader) who turn to darker themes such as suspense/horror.

  3. minx says:

    I love Jordan Peele, but hard pass for me also. I’m chicken.

    • cannibell says:

      Right there next to you, a big ol’ chicken when it comes to this. I saw and loved “Get Out,” after many reassurances that it wasn’t the nightmare-inducing mess (my benchmark for that is “The Invincible Dr. Phibes, which I saw in eighth grade and is still giving me nightmares more than four decades on). But if this one is mad gore, I will also have to pass.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      The zombie stuff doesn’t bother me, but I’m very worried about those rabbits. Any risk of danger to animals is a hard pass for me.

  4. manda says:

    agreed, it looks super duper creepy and I can’t watch movies like that either! I would read a well-written synopsis if it ever appears on IMDB in the future

  5. Tiffany27 says:

    I have loved reading the theories on twitter about what the movie may actually be about. I’m going with grief being suppressed after the death of one of the children. Someone the son in particular was very close to. Just a guess, I have no idea lol.

    • Mich says:

      Peele said in an interview that it is about how we are often our own worst enemies.

    • Franklymydear... says:

      Oooh…I like that theory! Maybe when the son disappears on the beach he never actually returns and the ensuing madness is just the Mom’s or Dad’s imagination in some kind of hospital as they deal with the intense grief of losing their son? Kind of a Sixth Sense situation (apologies to those who haven’t seen Sixth Sense yet!). 🙂

  6. Michael says:

    I honestly enjoyed “Keanu” more than “Get Out”. Keanu was hysterical and by the time I saw Get Out after all the platitudes, I was kind of disappointed. But I’ll give this one a look, for sure

  7. Sash says:

    Jordan Peele said the film has nothing to do with race and everything to do with how we’re our worst enemies.

    The movie looks great and terrifying. JP is the new master of horror. I will never be able to hear I Got 5 On It the same again lol

    • isabelle says:

      Well that actually very sounds fascinating. Love that he has no fear in expecting his audience wants to think and be entertained.

  8. Ashley says:

    Jordan’s said multiple times that this movie isn’t about race. I’m curious to see what the specific themes are in terms of duality and how we view ourselves.

  9. isabelle says:

    Looks very scary, will watch but they showed a bit too much info n the trailer.

  10. 10KTurtle says:

    Am I watching the same trailer? This looks ridiculous to me. I thought it was a spoof of horror movie trailers for movies like “The Strangers” and “Funny Games” before I started reading about how terrifying it looks. Drat, now I’m going to have to watch it anyway just to make sure the trailer wasn’t a bad edit.

  11. Madpoe says:

    I’m soooo in! Very excited for Jordan as well! Good Luck!

  12. M.A.F. says:

    I already had a nightmare last night thanks to the trailer. That creepy “family” they see at the end of the drive-way, I thought they were at the foot of my bed. So yay ! (?) for that.

  13. bc says: