Jordan Peele Has Been Afraid of Doppelgängers Since He Was a Kid

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Us hits theaters nationwide today, and the idea of a long-lost twin will henceforth be regarded as a concept fraught with terror. Horror and sci-fi practitioners have dabbled with the idea of doppelgängers for decades, but Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is a piece of bizarre, surreal horror that’s likely to shake moviegoers to their core.

It turns out, Peele has been afraid of the idea of doppelgängers for most of his life. Here’s what he told Seth Myers on the Late Show:

“I’ve been terrified of the idea of doppelgängers since I was a kid. I always had this vision of seeing myself across the subway platform. And just kind of thought, if that’s not creepy enough, what if the other you sort of smiled at you. The idea of a doppelganger family was like ‘okay,’ my imagination went crazy, and out came this film.”

Check out more from Peele’s interview with Meyers at the top of the article. Give the trailer and synopsis for Us a spin below.

Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.

Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.

Are you creeped out by the concept of doppelgängers? Are you excited to check out Us now that it’s playing in theaters nationwide? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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