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Films that influenced Us

Films that influenced Us

With Jordan Peele’s latest horror available to buy on the Virgin Media Store, watch him talk about his inspiration in our video

A terrifying psychological horror scattered with references to other frightening flicks? Yep, Us is the Peele deal…

Us, available to buy on the Virgin Media Store. Cert 15

Jordan Peele made history with his very first foray into filmmaking as the first black writer to win the Oscar for Original Screenplay with Get Out. Although Peele was already on our radar before then, mostly for hilarious sketch comedy series Key & Peele featuring his partner-in-crime Keegan-Michael Key, this career move turned Peele into a household name. We were all thinking the same thing – wow, he can do funny and scary! And he’s struck again.


For Peele’s latest film Us, now available on the Virgin Media Store, he constructed a world where our biggest enemies are ourselves. When Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave) returns to her beachside childhood home with her husband Gabe (Winston Duke, Black Panther) and their children, she has an eerie sense of foreboding that something bad is about to happen – and it does.

Soon enough, four people descend on the house. They’re strangers, but… they all look exactly like the Wilsons. What ensues is a battle for survival in this creepy, creative film that maintains a sense of humour throughout.


Before filming, Peele gave Nyong’o and Duke a list of films to watch in order to create “a shared language”. And by making the list public, Peele provided viewers with a way to join the conversation. “Everything in this movie was deliberate. That is one thing I can guarantee you,” Peele told Mashable. “Unless you didn’t like something, and that was a complete accident.”


The list contained ten films, but the influences for Us are numerous, especially if you know where to look. Check out the video below, where Peele walks us through a horror movie tournament to crown one film his all-time favourite (not an easy task!).


But wait, there’s more!

If you’re still hankering for more horror after Us, Pet Sematary is now available to pre-order on the Virgin Media Store. This is the second adaptation of horror master Stephen King’s novel, following the 1989 version starring Fred Gwynne and Denise Crosby.


When Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty) and wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz, Alien: Covenant) relocate from Boston to Maine with their two children, all is not as it seems. They find a burial ground in the woods near their new home and turn to neighbour Jud Crandall (John Lithgow, The Crown) for answers. But the terror to come is not something that can be easily explained…


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