Director Jordan Peele brings us a new cinematic nightmare with his inventive, sophomore effort, Us, which can be described as a home-invasion thriller like no other. However, Peele has some definite tricks up his sleeve. Although he only has two films under his belt (so far), this and his 2017 smash hit, Get Out, he already has garnered the reputation as a new master of horror. His brand of scaring viewers is the level of social horror, where the shocks are metaphors for the real problems that exist the world we live in. With Us, he tackles the hidden terrors of the all-American family, African-American, or otherwise. There is also the subtext of identity crisis, where the villians are us (spoiler alert), or representations of our most darkest human impulses.
I will be reviewing it soon and there's a contest below for the Blu-ray Combo Pack. The special features include deleted scenes, scene explorations, a few outtakes, and behind-the-scenes moments, which are just a few goodies for those who really want to get into the film and what it's really about. If you're a Peele fan, then Us is a definite must-own in your collection. There's also a Best Buy exclusive steelbook version for the more dedicated collectors. Read my review.
Other releases this week that look interesting include:
L'humanite (Criterion Collection): Bruno Dumont's portrait of the human condition centering on a police detective's trip through an emotional rabbit hole while investigating the murder of a young girl.
Thirst: Kino Lorber Studio Classics releases Park-Chan Wook's 2009 horror thriller about a priest turning into a vampire after a failed medical experiment, which unleashes his darkest and most erotic desires. Read my review.
Mississippi Burning: Another KLSC release. Alan Parker's 1988 crime drama where two FBI agents with different styles come together to investigate the disappearance of a group of civil rights activists in Mississippi.
Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 2: Warner Archive Collection releases the next 15 theatrical color shorts featuring everyone's favorite cartoon sailor in high definition.
The Universal Horror Collection: Volume 1: A new collection of some of Universal's underrated horror films starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, which includes The Black Cat, The Raven, The Invisible Ray, and Black Friday.