Us First Reviews: Jordan Peele's Get Out Follow-Up Praised as 'a Horror Masterpiece'
Jordan Peele‘s new thriller Us screened for the first time on Friday night at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin and for select critics New York — and it has people terrified!
The 40-year-old Oscar winner’s anticipated follow-up to Get Out (2017) centers around a family whose serene vacation turns into a horrifying gamble of life and death when they’re terrorized by a group of their doppelgängers.
Us caused visceral reactions from those lucky enough to see it before it opens March 22, with many saying the film is “anxiety-inducing” and that Oscar winner Nyong’o gives another “award-worthy” performance. See below for the best reactions.
In a January 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Peele said the movie wasn’t a film about race.
“I realized I had never seen a horror movie of this kind, where there’s an African-American family at the center that just is,” he said. “After you get over the initial realization that you’re watching a black family in a horror film, you’re just watching a movie. You’re just watching people.”
He added, “I feel like it proves a very valid and different point than Get Out, which is, not everything is about race. Get Out proved that everything is about race. I’ve proved both points!”
Us is in theaters March 22.