The people today who haunt us

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Lupita Nyong’o in Us

Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) in Us. ©Universal photos. All suitable reserved.

Jordan Peele understands that often getting terrified is really delightful, and often what delights us is really terrifying. His wonderful new film Us moves with speed and grace from higher suspense to horrifying fright to deadpan humor, under no circumstances taking the horror genre so seriously it forgets to have entertaining with it.

But Peele also revels in the genre’s capacity to literalize our worst fears and force us to face our demons by providing them bodies. In his directorial debut Get Out (2017), old wealthy white people today kidnap and auction off young wholesome black bodies to inhabit through brain transplants, forcing the consciousness of the black particular person into a waking sublimation referred to as the “sunken location.” White worry and fetishization of black bodies are the text and subtext of the horror.

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