Us ★★★

Doppelgänger horror has been a long-time subgenre of scary movies. Enemy (2013), based on the mind-bending book The Double by José Saramago, is probably one you most recently heard about. Ironically, there was another movie released that same year also titled The Double but not based on the book, which also explored similar themes. Even more superior to either, though, is the lesser known Japanese movie Doppelgänger (2003) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. You could go further back, to Invasion of the Body Snatchers and so on. All of these movies know the strength of keeping an explanation for the phenomena of doubles a mystery and how to harness that homicidal drive to end the existential competition. Now comes writer-director Jordan Peele, who understands the power of these elements, with Us, but maybe reaches to hard to say more thereby taking some bite out of the horror...

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