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Why new horror film Us is a "totally new kind of nightmare," according to one of its stars

Jordan Peele blew everyone away with his 'social thriller' Get Out, and it sounds like his new horror film Us is about scare the bejesus out of people too. In a new interview with Total Film magazine, Lupita Nyong'o admitted she got stressed just reading the script, while Jordan Peele calls it his tribute to Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde myth.

"The script was totally surprising, Nyong'o tells Total Film. "I knew it would be something special because Jordan had written it, but it was nothing like Get Out. The storyline was so intriguing. It was a totally new kind of nightmare – and a nightmare it was. I was very stressed-out reading it. I read it in one sitting and I just remember being terrified. So yeah, I was all in."

Nyong'o plays Adelaide Wilson, the matriarch of the family at the center of Us. As you've probably spotted in the trailer, she also plays Adelaide's doppelganger, a creepy figure with a worrying attachment to some serious-looking scissors. 

"The underlying theme I’m going with is that we are our own worst enemy, and the doppelganger is about the monster within,” Peele, tells Total Film. "I think of Get Out as being my Frankenstein and this is my tribute to Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. I felt that that was the right idea to be working with in today’s day and age; the idea that, though our fears are set on the outsider and the invader, the real enemy is already here and has our faces."

Us will be released on March 22, and the latest issue of Total Film is out now. 

(Image credit: Disney/Total Film)

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Rachel Weber

I'm the benevolent Queen of the US, or - as they insist I call it - US Managing Editor. I write news, features and reviews, and look after a crack team of writers who all insist on calling trousers "pants" and don't think the phrase fanny pack is problematic.