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12 films that influenced Us

12 films that influenced Us

With Jordan Peele’s latest horror available on Sky Cinema, we examine his inspiration

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

Us, available from Friday 10 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15

Jordan Peele made history with his first foray into filmmaking as the first black person to win an Oscar for original screenplay for Get Out. Although Peele was already on our radar, mostly for 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 Us, Peele constructed a world where our biggest enemies are ourselves. When Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther) returns to her beachside childhood home with husband Gabe (Winston Duke, Black Panther) and their children Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph, The Lion King) and Jason (Evan Alex, Kidding), she has an eerie sense of foreboding something bad is about to happen – and it does.

Four strangers descend on the house – and they all look exactly like the Wilsons. What ensues is a battle for survival in this creepy, creative film that maintains its sense of humour. Before filming, Peele gave Nyong’o and Duke a list of films to watch in order to create “a shared language”. In 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 12 movies that made their mark on Peele and on Us.



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