Jordan Peele's 'Us' further proves that 'The Twilight Zone' reboot is in good hands
Peele's idea of what would unnerve the audience most is exhibited in 'Us' — something that he can be expected to put to use in his upcoming reboot of the Rod Serling series
Jordan Peele's latest solo directing-writing venture, 'Us', just debuted at SXSW, and according to early reviews, even though it might not be as unconventional as his debut 'Get Out', it still manages to raise expectations for his upcoming reboot of 'The Twilight Zone.' All three being horrors, the reason why the 'Get Out' comparison was inevitable for the newly premiered 'Us' is primarily its social commentary quotient as Peele has proven to be a master at telling stories with a twisted satirical spin on horrors faced by the black community. But even though 'The Twilight Zone' will be a fictional anthology arriving on Netflix, the theatrical eerieness of the upcoming show is what fans could look forward to the most, if 'Us' is any proof of the surrealism in horror that Peele is capable of.
The official synopsis of 'Us' (releasing March 22) describes the movie as: "Accompanied by her husband, son, and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member."
Starring alongside the Oscar-winning Nyong'o, is Winston Duke (M’Baku from 'Black Panther') as her husband Gabe, and the pair on screen have two kids — Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). With such a stellar cast running the story, there's no surprise as to why the film has been an immediate hit with the audience so far. But what is also to be noted is that despite the film earning some strike comparisons with 'Get Out', it plays more with several, different elements of horror, as opposed to the dynamics of white people and black people in America, and a twisted take on the topic, as noted by critics.
In 'Us', the horror isn't just your white girlfriend's family attempting to hypnotize and keep you like a slave in a modern day climate as it was with 'Get Out'. In 'Us,' the horrors are real and deeply manifested as the individual's phobia takes the shape of their own image. And as we see the Wilson family trying to find a way out of the vacation while people dressed in bright red jumpsuits, resembling their own faces, and carrying horrifyingly sharp objects hunt them, it is Peele's idea of what would unnerve the audience most, that jumps out. Something that he can be expected to put to use in his upcoming reboot of the Rod Serling series, 'The Twilight Zone'.
The show got greenlit in 2017 and is now officially arriving on April 1 on CBS All Access, according to confirmations by the horror/comedy auteur. Much like its original, it will follow the lines of anthology horror mingled with sci-fi, supernatural, and of course, surrealism and this has got us thrilled because of Peele's already established expertise on the genre. For those unaware of the original 'Twilight Zone', the renowned series ran for five seasons between 1959 and 1964 — a time period within which "it managed to rewrite America’s idea of what surrealism in television could be," as The Verge remarks.
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But while the response that this upcoming revival has received only proves further the immense impact the show has had on the masses over the years, when it was announced that he was the man behind 'Get Out', there were a lot of doubts owing to his primarily comedy-background in the industry. But then he did the unthinkable and delivered something that didn't just tread along the lines of surrealism, but also showed the heavy potential that has been noticed before in shows like 'The X-Files' and 'Black Mirror'. In short, Peele just knows what the prospects of surrealism are in modern day TV. And that's what leaves fans of the original 'The Twilight Zone' hanging on the edges with excitement — the fact that Peele is in charge.
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