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All The Horror Inspirations And Easter Eggs Hidden Throughout 'Us'

Updated 26 Mar 2019 2.2k votes 491 voters 86.5k views17 items

List RulesVote up the most surprising references in "Us."

Co-written by Cole Rothacker.


Seldom do horror movies achieve near-instant phenomenon status upon their release, but Jordan Peele has managed to accomplish this feat twice. Peele, the mastermind behind the Twilight Zone reboot, first scored big with his debut feature Get Out, and in March 2019, his sophomore effort, Us - a complex and satirical nightmare about identity, duality, classism, and existential dread - earned the biggest opening weekend for an original horror film of all time. Its bevy of positive reviews gave Us a "certified fresh" score at Rotten Tomatoes before the film even hit theaters, with some critics ranking it one of the best horror movies of all time.

As heady as the themes in Jordan Peele's Us can be, the former Key & Peele star injects plenty of nerd fodder into his film. He outlined in early interviews 10 movies that he felt had a "shared language" with UsDead Again, The Shining, The Babadook, It Follows, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Birds, Funny Games, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, and The Sixth Sense. The film does indeed feature numerous homages to these pictures, as well as visual and narrative nods to several other classic horror and non-horror films. Let's take a look at all the Us movie references and how they inform the film's plot, characters, and themes.

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