Video Interviews

The Meaning of Us: Jordan Peele, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke Break Down the Horror Hit's Big Ideas

The filmmaker and stars go deep on the making and meaning of Us as well as its unique place in horror history.

by | March 21, 2019 | Comments

Writer-director Jordan Peele has avoided the sophomore slump with Us, the critically acclaimed horror follow-up to his Oscar-winning Get Out. According to critics, the movie is a terrifying head f–k and like no horror film we’ve seen. Ahead of the movie’s opening, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Peele, as well as co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, to talk about why Us stands out from the horror pack, and what Peele is trying to say with his new socially-minded slasher. Plus, all three weigh in on the movie’s unique position as major mainstream horror film centered around Black characters – what that means to them as actors and filmmakers as well as to the millions of horror fans who will experience Us when it hits theaters.

Us opens in theaters on March 22

Thumbnail photo by Claudette Barius / © Universal 

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

spinoff cartoon Comedy Central Writers Guild of America Black Mirror theme song miniseries cancelled Women's History Month quibi Crackle Logo indie ratings Lionsgate medical drama Disney streaming service Amazon Prime Video adaptation Shondaland Avengers robots strong female leads Toys YouTube TCA 2017 Musical Superheroe BET FOX Film Festival politics Calendar FXX zombies Premiere Dates vampires Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sitcom docudrama Disney+ Disney Plus Mudbound Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Adult Swim harry potter crime screen actors guild Super Bowl war TV Land sag awards A&E Amazon Studios stand-up comedy Extras IFC TCA spain christmas movies LGBT Shudder unscripted psychological thriller See It Skip It Character Guide Musicals adventure Nat Geo Thanksgiving blockbuster Photos Syfy jamie lee curtis period drama Brie Larson witnail TNT Masterpiece Apple TV Plus USA Academy Awards Schedule CNN Emmys YouTube Premium Marvel Studios Spectrum Originals CW Seed Mary Poppins Returns Ellie Kemper Columbia Pictures Universal Nominations El Rey DC Comics Comics on TV video Ghostbusters police drama nature 20th Century Fox biography Apple MTV game show science fiction First Look Bravo Interview DC Universe batman LGBTQ Box Office hispanic breaking bad Countdown Amazon Awards Quiz sports HBO Max Music Sci-Fi south america Western Esquire kids OWN Cartoon Network Paramount directors Video Games Marathons Stephen King doctor who discovery RT21 tv talk Star Wars dragons Best and Worst Star Trek Freeform series Martial Arts Apple TV+ Nickelodeon CMT 2016 Christmas casting Family 24 frames HBO The Witch Valentine's Day USA Network dramedy Kids & Family DGA DC streaming service Cannes romance Winners Sundance Now television canceled TV shows Disney Plus cults Peacock slashers Hallmark Christmas movies ghosts DirecTV Disney Hallmark PBS composers WarnerMedia cinemax E! Pixar IFC Films ESPN Ovation Awards Tour cancelled TV shows movie Tubi Mary Tyler Moore Spike Epix Trophy Talk dogs dceu crime drama 2018 Elton John VICE justice league supernatural President Spring TV CBS All Access historical drama Pirates ABC Family YouTube Red cancelled television joker independent revenge Grammys elevated horror Turner cars Red Carpet cats Holiday Reality Lifetime Chernobyl AMC Disney Channel Animation Holidays Crunchyroll Rock technology children's TV Netflix Christmas movies spanish language binge Television Academy Action Year in Review crossover hist Pop Fox News facebook space teaser SundanceTV Captain marvel 71st Emmy Awards Mindy Kaling Arrowverse Sneak Peek The Purge thriller Baby Yoda documentary Cosplay 21st Century Fox aliens TruTV Pet Sematary ITV Oscars Paramount Network Rocky 007 NYCC Pride Month screenings TBS Infographic MCU Discovery Channel FX dc Sundance TV Trailer natural history award winner serial killer based on movie Film Mary poppins 2015 Biopics Election RT History Dark Horse Comics green book Creative Arts Emmys First Reviews Food Network romantic comedy cops talk show Sundance Horror Anna Paquin social media APB 45 anthology canceled Watching Series Song of Ice and Fire name the review New York Comic Con Winter TV GLAAD Turner Classic Movies Mystery SXSW comics crime thriller Heroines PaleyFest MSNBC Tumblr WGN Marvel Television San Diego Comic-Con anime festivals book zero dark thirty Walt Disney Pictures X-Men Drama renewed TV shows 2017 Hulu GIFs 2019 diversity spider-man A24 Tomatazos what to watch TCM mutant Lucasfilm Certified Fresh Amazon Prime finale Vudu golden globes National Geographic TV renewals Rocketman cooking boxoffice animated psycho comic ABC game of thrones Rom-Com History Emmy Nominations GoT Summer Comic Book Netflix zombie YA TLC CBS The Walking Dead rotten movies we love travel 2020 Trivia Podcast American Society of Cinematographers Classic Film richard e. Grant transformers The CW Set visit Opinion Binge Guide foreign Reality Competition Superheroes The Arrangement political drama toy story Marvel Endgame reboot TCA Winter 2020 Fall TV werewolf disaster BBC America Teen TIFF spy thriller Lifetime Christmas movies Starz halloween mockumentary sequel comiccon Warner Bros. Tarantino blaxploitation streaming singing competition E3 Polls and Games Sony Pictures versus SDCC Fantasy free movies Comedy movies cancelled TV series Country Showtime true crime latino BBC Acorn TV Britbox OneApp VH1 NBC TV