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‘Us’ brings originality to horror genre

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Jordan Peele's "Us" is a new, fresh take on the horror genre. Its suspense and subtle comedy added to the effect, making it a very enjoyable movie.

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Jordan Peele's "Us" is a new, fresh take on the horror genre. Its suspense and subtle comedy added to the effect, making it a very enjoyable movie.

Used with permission from Wikimedia Commons

Used with permission from Wikimedia Commons

Jordan Peele's "Us" is a new, fresh take on the horror genre. Its suspense and subtle comedy added to the effect, making it a very enjoyable movie.

Thompson Draper, Web Editor-in-Chief

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Jordan Peele’s “Us” took a new approach that breathed fresh air into the horror genre.  

To me, the horror genre has always lacked creativity. Once one new idea is made, it seems that many movies try to take that idea for themselves and remake it. This movie is very refreshing, and I expect to see a few movies modeled after it soon, probably made by Netflix. 

The idea of every individual being hunted down by a doppelganger of themselves is quite frightening. I personally never would want a soulless, scissor-wielding version of myself to relentlessly hunt me down with intent to kill. 

For the duration of the movie, I was on edge. There were no breaks from suspense from the moment the action started until the end of the movie. 

The small addition of comedy within the film, sometimes placed in the most gruesome parts, is something I have never witnessed in a horror movie, and it really lowered my stress during these parts. 

The movie ended with a plot twist that changed my view of the entire movie, leaving me with questions and something to think about on the drive home. While every question is not answered, they are all able to be inferred.  

Adelaide’s (the mother) doppelganger being the only one able to speak seems like a plot hole at first, but that is answered by the end.  

She also shows some sympathy throughout the movie. While everyone else’s doppelgangers kill their targets immediately, she lets hers live and allows them to have a chance to live. At first, I assumed it was just another plot hole, just so the main characters would survive, but by the end it made sense. 

I really enjoyed “Us,” and hope to see Peele continue to bring new ideas to the horror genre in the near future. 

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