2019 could be the resurrection of horror movies. Jordan Peele introduced the first trailer for Us, debuting on Christmas Day. Peele described the film as “a labor of love” and clarified, for anyone who was still unsure, that Us is definitely a horror film.

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Peele screened the Us trailer for members of the media last week and explained how it differs from his directorial debut, Get Out.


“[It was] very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film,” Peele said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “But it’s also important to note, unlike ‘Get Out,’ ‘Us’ is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”

Peele said he dedicated a lot of himself to “create a new horror mythology” and a new monster. “I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society,” he said, the publication reported.

It’s difficult to come up with an entirely new monster because storytelling traditions go back centuries and we’re all a product of our past. But with this preview of Us, it seems as though Peele is at least approaching those terrors from different angles, and focusing them in a direction that excites him as a filmmaker.

Us makes its debut in theaters on March 15, 2019.