In the spirit of Christmas, Jordan Peele released the highly anticipated trailer for his forthcoming horror film, Us, starring the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex.
As expected, the explosive and elusive clip was met with an almost instant barrage of theories from viewers who spent much of Christmas Day decoding what some of the most terrifying images in the preview may represent when the full feature film is released.
The trailer, which continues to be the hottest topic on the internet a day later, opens with the foursome, as a family, singing along to Luniz's 1995 classic, "I Got 5 On It," which seems to be the main score for the film.
The events that ensue following that introductory scene led to a slew of theories and guesses of what the film's plot entails.
First, take a look at the already massively viral trailer, below:
Now that you've taken a look at a preview of what is sure to be one of the most terrifying cinematic experiences of the coming year, let's delve into Twitter's premature assessment of what we should all expect from Jordan Peele's second high-budget offering.
In the trailer, Alex's character can be seen interacting with his "evil twin," so to speak, with them both wearing masks. This popular comic and film podcast "For All Nerds" seems to have a reason for why that is.
In a few scenes in the trailer, white bunnies can be seen at several eerie points, leading many to believe they hold some sort of hidden significance in the film. This Twitter user believes they relate to the concept of cloning, paralleling that of the main characters and their "killers."
Per Twitter's assessment, this "bunny" stuff is likely the overarching theme of the film. What that is, exactly, remains a mystery, but these users point out that the subtle use of the animal throughout both the trailer and the film's promotional poster indicate that Peele is trying to tell us something that will eventually be revealed. Patience, people.
The masterfully edited trailer ingeniously triggered viewers into thinking they knew everything about the film while simultaneously knowing nothing at all. Thus, this notion pushed some to make theories that, while somewhat far-fetched, may make sense if given a second thought.
Some users even pointed out minute details that the average viewer would likely overlook, such as "scorched eyebrows." In this case, a user indicated that this particular detail directly relates to the young boy's burnt face. Why not?
It's an age-old belief that children somehow are able to communicate with other dimensions — do with that what you will. A Twitter user made it a family affair when decoding the film's trailer, coming to the conclusion that the "evil" version of the young boy represents something specific, especially as he was seemingly the first to discover the figures in the red cloaks.
Reverting a bit to the bunny imagery, viewers noticed in this frame that Nyong'o's "evil" character was holding up cutout human figures before a chalkboard of stick figures holding hands. This user concludes that this means she "wants to cut away from the system of clones."
The gradual promotional images used leading up to the Christmas Day trailer release seemed to strike an interest in some who felt they represent some sort of commentary on mental health.
Next, this user claims that the song featured in the trailer actually stands as the main theme for the entire movie as there is probably a fifth family member who died that will complicate things throughout the course of the film.
Of all of the sporadic commentaries on the not-yet-released film, this one stands as arguably the most logical and simultaneously the most hilarious. Eerily posting images of Daniel Kaluuya, the star of Peele's majorly successful film, Get Out, and Lupita Nyong'o in Us, both in tears, this user concluded that the Oscar-winning director is trying to tell Black folks to"Get Out of the US," by cleverly putting together both movie titles.
All in all, the following tweet seemed to sum up the sentiments of the majority of the internet, who had to endure the melodrama of "think piece Twitter" almost immediately after the trailer's release.
Only difference: c'mon, we're all going to go see it:
Us premieres in theaters in March 2019.
(Photo: Universal Studios)
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