Stuff I Watch in October: Us (2019)

Happy October and welcome! All 31 days this month, I will be reviewing all the films I watch in the month of October. They’re mostly a selection of horror or suspense films in my own library or films and shows that have been recommended to me.

Please enjoy and leave a comment!

And if you missed any of our past reflections, take a look:

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Psycho (1960)
The Haunting (1963)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The Other (1972)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Halloween (1978)
Alien (1979)
The Shining (1980)
Halloween II (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Halloween III – Season of the Witch (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Aliens (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Predator (1987)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
They Live (1988)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Predator 2 (1990)
The Addams Family (1991)
Alien 3 (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Crow (1994)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Scream (1996)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Scream 2 (1997)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Scream 3 (2000)
28 Days Later (2002)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
The Ring (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Identity (2003)
AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007)
Halloween (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)
Halloween II (2009)
Predators (2010)
Absentia (2011)
Prometheus (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
Oculus (2013)
Before I Wake (2016)
Hush (2016)
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Happy Death Day (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Gerald’s Game (2017)
The Predator (2018)
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Halloween (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

Our next film is…

WATCHING: Us (2019)

Us

DIRECTOR: Jordan Peele, who is just beginning to find himself.

WHAT IS IT?: Us was writer/director Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated second film following the tremendously popular Oscar-winning brilliance of Get Out.

THE PLOT: A family heads up to the Santa Cruz Mountains in California for a getaway. Adelaide seems somewhat uneasy about things but her husband shrugs off her concerns because he’s hell-bent on blowing his white friends out of the water with his boat and their country house.

The trip, however, becomes a nightmare after another family, clad in matching red jumpsuits, shows up at the home and takes the Wilson Family hostage in their own home…what’s more, each one of the jumpsuit-clad family members is an exact duplicate of each member of the Wilson Family…

Us

WHAT DID CRITICS THINK?: Critics praised Us for its courage in attempting to bring up subjects “America is too scared to talk about to this day”. They also praised Jordan Peele for taking risks with the strangeness of his imagery. Some critics didn’t like that Peele didn’t have many answers to go with the questions he posed.

WHAT DID I THINK?: Here, Peele continues to combine his brand of truly frightening horror with Serling-esque social commentary about America and the subject of privilege as it pertains to race.

Once again, Peele’s use of light and shadow is top notch as is the music from both Michael Abels {who returns for do the score) and from various rap artists such as Luniz, featuring the amusing use of “I Got 5 On It” at the beginning of the film and NWA’s “Fuck Tha Police” which is used in an equally humorous manner — but darkly so, which is fitting, considering the scene it’s in.

Us is another amazing film from Jordan Peele and I can’t wait for more from him.

GRADE: A-

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