3. Animal Imagery

Rabbits are referenced many times throughout–both literally and as a design element. The only other animal displayed is an red outlined fox we see as Jason heads towards the first stranger on the beach. Red is clearly a …red flag, but it seems to also represent the doubles metaphorically as well. They’re clearly cunning, patient, and very much predatory. There are also a few scenes where the double of Zora has her eyes painted very much like a fox with very slicked backed hair.

4. Young Adelaide

There are a few sequences in which we see a very young girl wearing a “Thriller” t-shirt, seemingly on the same beach as our main family. In reviewing the little amount of information available, I actually believe it’s a younger version of the female lead Adelaide. It would make a lot of sense as a flashback with the “Thriller” t-shirt and the fact that the young girl is never featured with the family or any other characters.

5. The Portrait

In the scene where the family first confronts the doubles, there’s a painting featured directly in the middle of the frame. If you raise the lightness you can see the center portrait is of a lone black woman surrounded by what look almost like 3 shadow people. Is this suggesting a form of mental illness in Adelaide? Is it all in her head? Keep in mind also that he has described the film as a “monster” movie, so who is the monster?

Us, even before the jaw-dropping trailer, is one of the most anticipated genre films of 2019. Luckily, there are no signs of a sophomore slump in sight for the returning Jordan Peele. If anything, he seems to be getting even more adept in unsettling intelligent social horror that resonates with all audiences.

Plot Synopsis:

A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.