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Still from the trailer of "Us"

A New Trailer for 'Us' Gives a Closer Look Into Its Nightmarish Plot

We're still shook.

We just got a little something to hold us over until the release of Jordan Peele's highly-anticipated forthcoming film Us.

While the exact plot still remains somewhat mysterious, a new trailer, which premiered during Sunday's Super Bowl, gives another look into the disturbing world of Us starring Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke.

In the one-minute trailer, we see more of family, and their nightmarish dopplegängers, including more shots of a haunted-looking Lupita Nyong'o.


The film's initial trailer caused quite a frenzy on social media upon its release last December, with folks sharing their excitement for the movie as well as their own plot theories.

Here are the film's official description via Shadow & Act:

The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to Adelaide's old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who's haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway.

Speaking on the differences between Us and his directorial debut Get Out Peele told Empire, that the film isn't as overtly about race as his previous work:

There hasn't been a horror film about a Black family, that I can remember. I think that's an important thing to note. We have a lot of films in this genre where a family meets a monster, but the fact we've never seen a Black family in that situation is a problem to me. There's a presumption in the industry that if Black people are the leads in a film it has to be in some way about race. I wanted to show that we can push past that.

Us hits theaters March 22, watch the second trailer below.

Us - In Theaters March 22 (Nightmare) [HD] youtu.be

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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