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Jordan Peele’s Horror Movies Are About Us

Jordan Peele's Horror Movies Are About Us

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Jordan Peele is an African American filmmaker. His newest movie, “Us,” is the second-most popular movie released in 2019 so far. The first movie he directed, “Get Out,” won an Academy Award in 2018. Critics and movie watchers say the black horror films that he creates show us examples of social, economic and racial injustice.

“Us” explores the monster hiding within ourselves in the form of the evil doppelganger, or double.

Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o plays two characters in “Us.” One is Adelaide Wilson, a middle-class mother and wife. The other character is Red, her troubling double.

87th Academy Awards - Arrivals

87th Academy Awards – Arrivals

Nyong’o says that her character, Adelaide, cannot explain the trouble she faced in her childhood, but it still causes problems for her. The character thinks that something bad is going to happen at the family’s summer home. Her feelings come true when four people appear at the house and terrible events begin.

Peele says his work uses the idea of the shadow self:

“..which comes up in many cultures, many mythologies. And it tends to be this sense that there is a darker self that we suppress, and we suppress it because we are afraid of what it means. It holds our guilts, and our evil.”

Jordan Peele accepts the award for best feature for Get Out at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards, March 3, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif.

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