Us felt like a traditional modern horror. It followed a familiar direction with initial scares, a series of anticipated events, fake-out scares and a sudden escalation of tension.
Us is about a family that must fight for their lives when a group of doppelgangers appear at their home. In 1986, Adelaide Wilson (Madison Curry) visits a Santa Cruz beach boardwalk as a young girl and confronts an eerie spectre that looks exactly like her. As an adult, she (Lupita Nyong’o) remembers this encounter with a sense of unease when her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) plans a holiday that takes her back to the same beach, Wilson starts experiencing frightening flashbacks.
Soon, doppelgangers appear wearing red jumpsuits and holding brightly coloured, sharp shears.
"Jeremiah 11:11" is displayed in the beginning of the film, it comes from the old testament, it means, “Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them." This ultimately prepares you for what is about to happen.
Hands Across America was a public fundraising event on Sunday, May 25, 1986, approximately 5-6.5 million people held hands. Raising $34 million in donations. Hands Across America was a symbol of what America could accomplish when it valued unity, hard work and willingness.
Rabbits symbolise rebirth, rabbits are often used as test subjects, each rabbit is tied to a doppelganger. Once Red freed the rabbits from their cages, the doppelgangers walked normally.
Peele said "Rabbits they're supposed to be cute. On paper they're adorable, lovable rabbits. Have you ever gotten close to a rabbit? You can tell in their eyes that they have a sociopath. If you put a rabbit brain in a human body, you have Michael Myers. They have no empathy." Which flawlessly sums up the connection between the tethered and the rabbits.
The scissors represent Americans typical view of outsiders as threats or invaders who are trying to take over.
Peele said “This movie is about this country,” he followed, “we’re in a time where we fear the other, whether it’s the mysterious invader that we think is going to come and kill us and take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near, who voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. And I wanted to suggest that maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil, it’s us.”
Peele points out that the clones may look and act like savages but they still have an unacknowledged humanity that stirs them down a horrible path.
As I keep saying, the film is messy but masterful.