Is Jordan Peele’s Us better than Get Out?


Pierce Garramone, Staff Writer

You’ve probably heard the name Jordan Peele somewhere. Debuting in the comedy genre, Jordan Peele has made his appearance known for many years as a comedic genius and actor in the sketch series, Key & Peele. While he has spent his entire career making people laugh, dozens of creative ideas bundled up in his head, and it took years to express them. The movies Get Out and Us are both masterpieces of thriller you wouldn’t expect to see from a comedy man, and now that Us has had some time to settle and reserve it’s spot as one of his best works, it’s time to see which one really ranks above the other. Obviously, a spoiler warning for everyone who hasn’t seen them.

Get Out was released early 2017 and stars Daniel Kaluuya, an English actor who also appeared in 2018’s Black Panther. His character Chris is a modern day photographer who plans to spend the weekend at his girlfriend’s parents’ house in the middle of the woods. At first, they appear to be very friendly and welcoming people, happy to finally meet and get to know Chris, however, after only a few days, Chris discovers the barbaric acts behind the family, and that he is just another victim. When you watch Get Out for the first time, unless you are giving it your utmost attention with thought to every detail and line of dialogue, you might not get what’s going on. For most people, it took a couple online articles and another rewatch to spot the little details Peele snuck in that hinted at his ultimate twist. Toward the end of the film, Chris finds out he is one of the many African American victims the family had lured into their household. After learning the family planned to take his body for their own (to put it simply). Chris escapes with the help of his friend and dogsitter, Rod. While the movie doesn’t necessarily get “scary” until the end, it does a great job at keeping an eerie tone. There are a dozen subtle hints Peele slipped in that most viewers overlooked on their first run. Because of this, “Us” tended to attract more die hard horror fans.

Us focused mostly on it’s disturbing theme and utilizes it’s creepy clones that haunt the characters, better known as the Tethered. When the main character’s family takes a vacation to their beach house, the Tethered break and enter into their home, so that the clone mother, Red, can take her revenge for a switchup that happened decades ago. Toward the end of the movie, the family discover that they are not the only ones being pursued by the Tethered, in fact, the entire world, or at least just the United States, are actively being hunted down by their carbon copies.

The appearance of the Tethered is scary enough to draw in horror fans. The Tethered style a red jumpsuit throughout the movie and are armed with a pair of golden scissors, which they use to hunt their victims, or their “real selves”. It is also addressed later in the film that all the Tethered have to eat in their catacombs are live rabbits. Jordan Peele, when asked about his use of scissors and rabbits, which usually aren’t seen as very scary things, commented, “My favorite thing about horror movies is that everyday objects are used as weapons. I just think it’s a great aesthetic.” As for the rabbits, he claimed it would be ironic to implement what is seen as such a sweet, small animal into a bloody horror film.

With all of this, it’s clear Peele aimed to creep out the audience using a load of symbolism topped with scary looking antagonists and a dark atmosphere. Us is clearly much closer to a horror film than Get Out. Get Out, while it holds a similar deeper meaning and equally disturbing images, lacks the “horror” theme and is better being called a thriller. So if you were to show both of these movies to a fan of the Halloween or Friday The 13th movies, they’d probably agree that Us is a better movie, but if you’re looking for a movie with a lot of deeper writing, hidden undertones, and themes that appeal to modern day America, Get Out is a better fit.