Jordan Peele Is Looking to Push Past Race in His New Horror Film US
As a fan of Jordan Peele’s horror thriller Get Out, it’s hard not to be excited about his next film, Us. The trailer for that film was terrifyingly awesome.
The movie centers on a family who begins to be terrorized by another family, which turns out to be them. They are like evil doppelgangers. A lot of people have assumed that this next film of his will offer a different kind of racial and social commentary, but according to Peele, that’s not really the case. In fact, he is looking to push past race with this latest film of his.
The filmmaker talked about the film and how it’s about how “we are own worst enemy.” He didn’t really go into who the “we” is, because “the movie itself is answering that question. I can’t say it’s not specifically about race, but I don’t want to go too deep into its meaning because it’s there for everybody to discover on their own.”
He has also explained in an interview with Empire that “Horror films are important. They’re ways that we as a society face our fears. Personally, they serve as a way for me to acknowledge the dark thoughts floating inside of me.”
Peele then goes on to talk about how he doesn’t want this next film of his to be about race. He wants to push past that:
“There hasn’t been a horror film about a black family, that I can remember. I think that’s an important thing to note. We have a lot of films in this genre where a family meets a monster, but the fact we’ve never seen a black family in that situation is a problem to me. There’s a presumption in the industry that if black people are the leads in a film it has to be in some way about race. I wanted to show that we can push past that.”
It will be interesting to see how this story ends up playing out and how he accomplishes what he set out to do with this film. We’ll find out on March 22, 2019.
Via: Pursue News