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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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