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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 March 2019

Why Jordan Peele's new film 'Us' is 'terrifying'

An audience at SXSW Film Festival has said the director has underlined his position as a modern-day master of horror

Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Jordan Peele arrive for the world premiere of 'Us' at the Paramount Theatre on the opening night of the SXSW Film Festival. AP
Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Jordan Peele arrive for the world premiere of 'Us' at the Paramount Theatre on the opening night of the SXSW Film Festival. AP

It seems filmmaker Jordan Peele has once again proven his worth in the horror film sphere, as he seriously spooked the audience at his latest flick's premiere in Austin, Texas's SXSW Film Festival.

In 2017, Peele made his directorial debut with the much applauded satirical horror film Get Out, which came armed with a poignant political message on race relations in America. Us, which will be released on March 21 in the UAE, has been touted as a decidedly worthy follow-up. Audience members said it was 'terrifying' and it has plenty more underlying moralistic messages to boot.

Us tells the story of Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o), a woman with a dark past, and her family, who take a summer trip to her old home.

Soon enough, each family member is brought face to face with their own evil doppelganger; they're exactly the same in every way, except for the fact that they're wearing red jumpsuits and wielding sharp scissors, which they fully intend to use against their human counterparts.

It's said to be scarier than Get Out, with plenty more jumpy moments and the same level of social commentary. This time Peele seems to be asking his audience to reflect on how we're always wary of "the other", while really we should be looking inwards.

We can't wait for it to drop. A full review of the film from The National will follow soon.

Updated: March 11, 2019 01:13 PM

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