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New horror flick Us is being lauded as one of the scariest movies around.
Many believed it would be impossible to make a film as disturbing as director Jordan Peele's previous effort, Get Out, but he appears to have done just that with his latest creation, which is leaving audiences terrified.
It has even received 95 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which collects the opinions and scores of reviewers from across the Internet.
The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern wrote: "It's compulsory seeing for everyone who loves the horror genre, the movie medium and the notion of saying sage things about contemporary life without straying from entertainment's twisty path."
Steve Crum of Video-Reviewmaster.com echoed those thoughts, saying: "You know a movie is really scary when audience members at the preview keep yelling at the screen, 'Don't open that door!' and 'Look out!' (I didn't say such, but I sure thought it.)"
Also impressed was Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed, who wrote: "Provocative, disturbing, and never afraid to be darkly funny."
Meanwhile, Rene Sanchez of Cine Sin Fronteras added: "Lupita Nyong'o's powerhouse performance finds its equal in Jordan Peele's masterful storytelling. A horror tale that confronts us with the social problems that lie beneath the surface."
Last night's preview of the unsettling horror raked it in at the US box office, taking $7.4 million - for context, that's more than Thor ($7.1m) and just short of Halloween's $7.7M preview.
The film follows the story of a woman called Adelaide and her family, who, following a trip to the beach, are met by a group of menacing figures who appear to be mirror images of the happy family.
The synopsis reads: "Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
"After spending a tense day at the beach, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home but when darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.
"Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves."
Peele says facing oneself and everything that brings with it is something he wanted to tap into with his latest film.
"You always have to start with something that scares you. The idea of encountering myself with no warning always just dropped my stomach out from under me, so that was the first thing I thought of," he told the BBC.
"When you're writing a horror movie, you want to take something like that that works on a primal level.
"The fear of the doppelgänger is really the fear of self - the fear of that which we suppress as individuals. What is the shadow version of ourselves?"
Us is now showing at cinemas nationwide.
Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures
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