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A Christmas gift: first trailer for Jordan Peele’s new horror film, Us

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Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) tells her kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to get their shoes on and be ready to run in <em>Us</em>.

Enlarge / Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) tells her kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to get their shoes on and be ready to run in Us. (credit: YouTube/Universal)

This Christmas Day, we get our first look at the trailer for Us, Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to his 2017 film Get Out. And it looks viscerally terrifying in a way his first film, which opted for muted subtlety, was not.

Get Out was one of our favorite films of 2017, a subtle exploration of racial tensions that quietly builds to reveal its horrifying premise and inevitably bloody conclusion. It was a surprise box office hit, raking in more than $250 million globally, and snagging multiple Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture. Peele won the Oscar for best original screenplay—the first time the award has gone to a black recipient.

Us looks like more of a standard horror film, in the “home invasion by strange creatures” category. Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) and Gabe (Winston Duke) Wilson take their two kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to the beach to relax and unwind with friends (one of whom is played by Elizabeth Moss). Their young son, Jason, encounters a strange figure on the beach, and that night the figure shows up at the house with three others. They break in, and that’s when the real terror begins. Because those figures are creepy doppelgängers of each family member. (Peele calls them “the Tethered.”)

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