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    I've Never Seen A Horror Movie, So I Watched "Us" Because The Internet Said It Was The Best Horror Film

    I feel _untethered_.

    I'm the kind of person who spends most of October hitting mute at record-breaking speeds whenever an ad for a horror movie comes on.

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    I've considered changed my age to 11 on YouTube in hopes of avoiding the commercials.

    I've never seen a scary movie, but a lot of them sound interesting to me.

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    So far, the closest thing I've seen to a scary movie is Heathers, and TBH that's just because I'm obsessed with the Heathers: The Musical soundtrack (the West End version is superior, change my mind).

    I'm getting a little tired of watching moves like Clueless over and over again, so I decided to finally take the plunge and watch the top rated horror movie on Rotten Tomatoes: Us.

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    With a 93 percent rating, Jordan Peele's 2019 film is at the very pinnacle of the site's Top 100 Horror Movies list.

    My main fear going into this is that it will give me nightmares, so then I'll wake up and start watching TikTok to distract myself, and then the Screen Time Management guy will have to come to my house personally to make sure I'm okay.

    TikTok tips says those videos will still be there tomorrow
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    I mean, I had to stop watching Jessica Jones right as it was getting good because I was having nightmares about David Tennant, who played the villain Kilgrave. I don't have a deep emotional attachment to the Us actors that remotely compares with my Doctor Who obsession, though, so I should be okay.

    So, with a Venti-sized homemade iced coffee already making me a lil anxious, I dove right in.

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    WARNING! There will be SPOILERS AHEAD.

    It opens with some background information about the abandoned tunnel systems in America.

    There are thousands of miles of tunnels beneath the continental United States
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    Okay, it's like that one episode of Sherlock about the mysteriously abandoned Tube stations.

    Now we're getting another history lesson. Hands Across America? What is that? The only time I've heard of it is when Ms. Fleming mentions it during "Shine a Light" in Heathers: The Musical.

    An ad for Hands Across America plays on a vintahe TV
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    *I looked it up afterwards, and, for my fellow unaware Millennial/Gen Z cuspers, it was a fundraiser in 1986 where people formed a human chain across the US, which I guess is kind of obvious after watching the movie. However, the idea of people forming a human chain across the country seems like something out of a horror movie anyway.

    It's 1986, and we're at the Santa Monica Pier.

    A young Adeline and her parents play a carnival game
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    I really wish I was at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure now.

    I'm already proud of myself for how far into the movie I am. I didn't make it past the opening credits of Midsommar.

    This isn't Disneyland anymore. Adelaide just walked away from her parents to explore the Vision Quest funhouse.

    Addy walks into a far-off- creepy-looking building
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    Also, that candy apple drop is such a great visual metaphor. Like, I know she won't be the same innocent little kid anymore.

    Addy hears someone calling for her. It's like the voice Elsa followed in Frozen 2.

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    Okay I swear I'm done with the Disney references.

    She finds out that her "reflection" is actually another little girl who looks exactly like her, but TBH it didn't catch me off guard. Maybe, because I have an identical twin, this just feels normal to me.

    Addy's reflection doesn't turn when she does
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    As it fades into the title card, we see bunnies! They're so cute!

    A wall of caged rabbits
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    Do you think I can convince my roommates to get a house rabbit?

    Now in the present day, we see that Addy has grown up to become part of a "stick figure family on the back of the car" type of family.

    Car window stickers depicting a mom, a dad, a son, and a daughter
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    They're visiting the summer house she inherited after her mother's death. It's in Santa Cruz, the same place she saw the girl who looked like her so many years ago. Addy is accompanied by her husband Gabe and their two kids, Jason and Zora.

    Who's hiding under the cabinet?

    It's not a monster
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    Jason, don't scare me like that.

    Gabe, oblivious to the mounting suspense, makes everyone come outside to see his new boat, the Craw Daddy.

    Gabe got a dingy little old boat
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    I feel like I'm being lulled into a false sense of security with all the pretty sets and fun music and Gabe's obsession with that boat.

    Addy and Kitty watch the kids play at the beach
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    They seem relatively safe with their friends at the beach in Santa Cruz, except for the whole Jason-seeing-a-dead-dude thing.

    Now they're home, and the creepy look-a-like is outside with her creepy look-a-like family.

    Creepy doppelgangers for Addy, Jason, Zora, and Gabe
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    Gabe goes to confront them because he has ZERO survival instincts.

    Okay now I'm really starting to worry about how I'm gonna sleep tonight. The doppelgangers are in the house. That mask boy is going to be in my nightmares. I had to watch all of his scenes like this.

    I held my hand over the part of the screen the scary boy was on
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    Her voice sounds painful. Someone should make her a cup of tea.

    Addy's creepy look-a-like
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    I'm a little bored at this point. I want more of Gabe and the Craw Daddy. I mean, you can't just give us something named the Craw Daddy and expect us to forget.

    The scary Addy reminds me of Jade from Victorious. Does anyone else remember her weird obsession with scissors? What was that about?

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    This definitely feels like the kind of horror movie she would've made.

    The Untethering! That's why they all have scissors.

    Addy and her shadow are connected by an invisible string
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    Freaky Addy explains that she's basically a shadow tethered to the Addy we know. So she's forced to mimic every move Addy makes. Now she wants to break away and untether herself.

    Shadow-Abby unleashes her Tethered family to attack their real-world counterparts.

    Jason, Zora, and Gabe are tormented by their evil doppelgangers
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    I like how it alternates between each set of characters but doesn't cut too quickly. The pacing is just *chef's kiss.*

    Craw Daddy to the rescue! They're getting out of here.

    Gabe helps his family escape on the boat
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    Meanwhile, their friends Josh and Kitty from the beach meet their own evil doppelgangers.

    The evil twins of Josh, Kitty, and their twin daughters come into their house to attack them
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    An ~intense~ scene set to the Beach Boys? Not only is Jordan Peele a directing genius, but he's a comedic genius as well.

    Let's be real, the true horror here is Shadow-Josh's choice of footwear.

    Josh's evil counterpart is wearing weird strappy sandals
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    Can he even run in those?

    This is getting kinda scary again. Ophelia, play "You Need To Calm Down" by Taylor Swift.

    The smart speaker is covered in blood
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    Addy's family arrives at their friends' house for safety, but they find the other family murdered instead. The Tethered family attacks Addy, but Zora and Jason work together to take them down.

    Jason hits Shadow-Kitty over the head with a decoration
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    These kids are going to have one heck of a college application essay.

    So the Tethered are everywhere now? And they're doing Hands Across America?

    The Tethered are on the news holding hands in a straight line
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    Really hoping 2020 isn't taking notes.

    Great thinking, Gabe.

    Gabe suggests making traps like in Home Alone
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    Before he has much of a chance to defend his point in the great Home Alone vs. running away to Mexico debate, the Tethered descend upon the house.

    Addy used the scissors! Does this mean she's going to start acting like one of the shadow people now?

    Addy holds the scissors over the doppelganger she just killed
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    Thanks to her quick thinking, the whole family makes it out to Josh's car. However, it isn't long before they come face-to-face with the rest of their evil twins.

    Shadow Jason is back, and he's snapping! Is this about to turn into West Side Story?

    Addy gets out of the car to confront him
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    To be fair, the Tethered do have a very Sharks vs. Jets mentality.


    Shadow Addy grabs Jason
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    While Shadow Jason keeps Real Addy distracted, Shadow Addy sneaks up and snatches Real Jason.

    The Tethered chain leads Addy right back to where it all began.

    They're lined up on Santa Cruz beach
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    She returns to Vision Quest, where she first met her other self.


    Addy finds a rabbit in the tunnel under Vision Quest
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    I know I promised no more Disney references, but has Addy seen Alice in Wonderland? Bad things happen when you follow the white rabbit down the tunnel!

    Then there was US.

    Young Shadow Addy stares at a Hands Across America shirt
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    Shadow Addy reveals that there's something different about the two of them. After they met, the Tethered noticed, and decided to exploit it in order to untether themselves.

    Addy, being the absolute queen that she is, overcomes her demons (quite literally), putting an end to the Tethered and saving Jason.

    Addy returns to the ambulance where the rest of her family is hiding out
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    Moral of the story? Moms will save the world.

    She even got Jason a pet bunny!

    Jason holds the cutest little rabbit
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    I'm low-key jealous.

    Now Addy and her family can all live happily ever after, right?

    The family is hopefully driving back to the summer house for a well-deserved vacation
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    Wait, why aren't the credits rolling?

    Addy stares off into the distance, remembering
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    Wait, the Tethered dragged her down there as a little girl???

    Shadow Addy drags an unconscious Addy into the tunnels
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    Our Addy has actually been Shadow Addy THE ENTIRE TIME????

    Young Addy and current Addy make the same creepy smile
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    And now JASON might be one???

    Jason and Addy stare at each other like the Tethered
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    The Tethered doing Hands Across America across an open field
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    The credits are rolling, and I'm shaking a bit.

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    I'm actually shaking a LOT.

    Okay, final thoughts:

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    How the heck have I spent 23 years avoiding this genre? This movie is so good. It's so nuanced, too, and there's probably a whole lot that I missed. Consider me an official member of the Jordan Peele fan club. I definitely want to watch Get Out, like, right now.

    I was not as scared as I expected to be.

    It probably would've felt much scarier if I'd watched it in a dark theater rather than my bright pink bedroom with flowers everywhere at 11 in the morning. I think I'll still be avoiding slasher films for the foreseeable future, though.

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