‘Us’ scares up screams and applause at SXSW premiere

The director of “Get Out” was in Austin, Texas on Friday to premiere his latest horror and psychological thriller, “Us.”

The film, which opened the SXSW film pageant, premiered to a packed house at the Paramount Theatre.

“What if I just showed four episodes of ‘This Is Us?'” Peele joked to the group. “This movie is about a lot of things… and, well, enjoy.”

“Us” tells the story of family, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who’re terrorized by their shadowy doubles.

The film garnered cheers and sturdy evaluations on social media from these throughout the theater.

“It should surprise no one that US is a very satisfying (and anxiety-inducing) follow up to GET OUT,” Eric Kohn, IndieWire’s chief critic tweeted. “What’s more fascinating: that a high-concept FUNNY GAMES/Hitchcock/Cronenberg/Bradbury mashup could feel so fresh at the same time.”

Without giving away too many of the film’s spooky secrets and techniques and methods, it explores topical themes of division.

“We are at a time where we fear ‘the other,'” Peele talked about all through a Q&A session after the screening.

“I wanted to suggest that the monster has our face, maybe the evil is us,” he added.

“Us” follows Peele’s 2017 directorial debut “Get Out,” which obtained the Oscar for best distinctive screenplay, turned a cultural phenomenon and grossed $255 million worldwide.

If the response to “Us” at SXSW is any indication, Peele may need launched one different hit.

Universal’s “Us” releases in theaters on March 22.

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