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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Took Influence From Spielberg Films

Still from Jordan Peele's Us movie

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Took Influence From Spielberg Films

Jordan Peele’s next mysterious and sure to be a disturbing horror film Us is closing in on its March release. Surprisingly, unlike other horror films, the studio is still yet to release another trailer for the movie with its release dates nearing in. But its last trailer seems to have been enough to get fans intrigued for Peele’s upcoming movie.

Taking to Empire, the Get Out director spoke about what sparked the idea to make this horror film. In the interview, Peele also revealed that movies directed by Spielberg had quite an influence on Us.

To acknowledge the influence Spielberg’s films had on the director and on his upcoming film Us, Peele makes a reference to Spielberg’s Jaws movie. In the trailer, the youngest member of the Us cast, Evan Alex can be seen wearing a Jaws T-shirt which was a nod to the director.

Films like Jaws, E.T. and Close Encounters take normal American families and put them in extraordinary situations. That warmth and connection that the viewer has [to the family] is something I wanted for this film,” said Peele. You can find the full story on Empire Magazine’s March issue.

If you haven’t read the synopsis for Us yet, check it out below.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

Us hits theaters on March 22. But the film will be screened prior that month at SXSW film festival.

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