Jordan Peele’s nod to cinema’s masters PEELE HAS BEEN very open about the directors who have influenced his second movie, a surreal horror in which a family is attacked by sinister doppelgängers. In this spot, you can see plenty of shots that nod to his heroes.
VERTIGO, ALFRED HITCHCOCK Hitchcock’s ‘Bay Area movies’ strongly influenced the look of Peele’s film. “His works in the Bay Area have a vibe and an aesthetic for a horror thriller that you don’t see too often,” Peele explains. Several shots evoke Vertigo, with big, lonely vistas that give a sense of anonymity in a big city.
THE SHINING, STANLEY KUBRICK The Kubrick influence is clear in this spot. Lots of symmetrically arranged frames draw your eye down long
corridors, bringing to mind The Shining and 2001. Peele cites Kubrick’s “elegance and his ability to infuse layers into his films” as an important inspiration.
THE BIRDS, ALFRED HITCHCOCK Another Hitchcock hat-tip comes with this ominous flock of birds. “There’s definitely some of The Birds that went into this,” says Peele.
JAWS, STEVEN SPIELBERG Notice the kid’s Jaws T-shirt? Peele says that’s a carefully placed Easter egg to acknowledge the debt he owes to Spielberg. Films like Jaws, E.T. or Poltergeist were important examples of “a normal American family in extraordinary situations”, Peele says. OLLY RICHARDS US IS IN CINEMAS FROM 28 MARCH