Great news for fans of Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Us,” the tethered are making an appearance at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood this fall as part of the park’s Halloween Horror Nights experience. The film’s terrifying clones will be brought to life for a maze experience at the park. Universal released a trailer to promote the upcoming horror experience earlier this week. The film, which was Peele’s second horror endeavor, became an overnight sensation when it was released earlier this year. Now fans will get to experience the horror of being chased by superhuman clones.
Peele’s Breakout Films
Audiences flocked to theaters when Peele’s breakout film, “Get Out,” earned instant accolades as one of the best films of 2017. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and secured a wide theatrical release just a month later in February. “Get Out” stars Daniel Kaluuya and Alison Williams as a young, interracial couple named Chris Washington and Rose Armitage. When Rose brings Chris home for a weekend to meet her parents, he uncovers a deep, dark secret about the family that ends up threatening his life.
The film touches on tropes of deep and systematic racism in American culture that lingers today. While it is technically a horror film, what makes it so chilling is that it mirrors many of the passive ways in which African American people are marginalized today. It was praised for its ability to tell the story with great visual style and cues, for which Peele received a lot of acclaim. “Get Out” was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2017, one of which was Best Picture. Today, it holds a 7.7 rating on IMDb and a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Peele’s second film, “Us,” recieved less acclaim despite getting a wider release and promotion. Regardless, the film was all-around praised for its ability to tell a tale of horror while touching on some of the deeply rooted issues in America today. Touching on tropes of wealth inequality and the stark differences between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” the film draws close comparisons to dystopian novels like “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. While the film hit less close to home as “Get Out” did the year before, its release made it clear that Peele has canonized himself as one of the great filmmakers of today.
What Will The Experience Offer?
Both Universal and Peele have been tight-lipped about what, exactly, fans will get to experience in the interactive maze. Fans speculate that there could be some sort of element to it that places guests in a world where they’re being chased by their own clones—though that could get expensive. Others wonder whether Peele’s Tethered will simply come in droves to create a frightening experience throughout a maze designed after the movie. Regardless, it looks like the setting of the maze will take guests on the same journey that Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) went on in the film, starting in the house of mirrors at the pier and, potentially, ending in the terrifying underground world of the Tethered.
The “Us” maze experience opens alongside Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios on September 6 in Orlando and September 13 in Los Angeles.