Jordan Peele Looked Into The Mirror And Saw The Evil Inside 'Us'

For his much-anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning movie Get Out, the writer-director sets a family up against its own doppelgangers. That is, he made a full-on horror film.
In Us, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex and Lupita Nyong'o (L-R) play the members of a family — and their doppelgangers. Source: Claudette Barius

The new movie Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out, is a horror movie.

It starts with a black family on vacation. They go to the beach; dad buys a boat. Then things start getting creepy.

One night, another family dressed in red jumpsuits shows up in front of the house. And each member of this new family — mom, dad, sister, brother — is an identical copy of the family inside. They're doppelgangers.

"It starts with the fear that I can't explain," Peele says in an interview. "This idea that if I

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