Rabbits are a major symbol in Jordan Peele’s Us, but does that make the film an Easter horror movie? According to the writer/director, it most certainly does. Of course, bunnies aren’t the only connection Us has to Easter. Here’s what Peele says in the DVD/Blu-ray Special Features:
“The animals in my stories represent this battle between science and religion for me. I tend to like to explore the gray area where religion and magic and the unexplainable meet science. Between the two you have an abomination… a metaphor for humanity. One of the motifs of this movie is the rabbits. They symbolize a lot of different things. The main connection to me was Easter. This story is a dark Easter of sorts. Red is the messiah who’s rising from the hole that she was left for dead.”
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If you missed Us when it was in theaters, check out the synopsis and trailer 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.
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