\r\nRedrum Redux\r\nBy Kelly MacConomy\r\nFasten your seals belts and put those comfy theater recliners in the upright position. The new psychological thriller from Jordan Peele is gonna be a bumpy ride. From the mind that reinvented the horror genre with his 2017 release of Get Out comes Us. The trailer and media teasers alone will give you a terrorizing deja-view of the dark all over again.\r\nThis follow-up film to the critical and commercial success of Peele\u2019s directorial debut has nothing to fear regarding a sophomore slump. Us serves up a smorgasbord of scary. Get Out fans and horror flick geeks will revel in the rollercoaster of references to the masters of modern and classic horror. Peele\u2019s film production company is even named Monkeypaw Productions, an homage to Alfred Hitchcock Presents\u2019 most haunting episode.\r\nIn Us, a family heads off on vacation to Santa Cruz, the classic California coastal beatnik\/hipster, college party town, most famous as the murder capital of the world and a haven of the undead in Joel Schumacher\u2019s The Lost Boys. There\u2019s a new nightmare in town and things begin to go awry with the arrival of some uninvited houseguests.\r\nUs scores a perfect 100 percent from the aggregate web megacritic Rotten Tomatoes, and that is quite a coup. The film stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong\u2019o as Adelaide Wilson and Winston Duke from last year\u2019s blockbuster Best Picture contender Black Panther as her husband Gabe. Along for the thrill ride is gal pal Kitty Tyler and mother of the twin sisters (Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.) played by award-winning actress Elizabeth Moss of The West Wing, Mad Men and currently The Handmaid\u2019s Tale. As with Get Out, Peele co-produced and wrote the Us screenplay. His eponymous horror-story-USA-revisited doesn\u2019t disappoint.\r\nHat tips to Stanley Kubrick\u2019s 1980 masterpiece The Shining abound. The overhead shot of the Wilson family haplessly heading toward their beach destination, passing through undulating hills and lodgepole pine forests, alludes to first scenes of The Shining and later the Torrance family\u2019s drive along the Tioga Road in Yosemite, en route to the Overlook Hotel. Nods to Brian De Palma, M. Night Shyamalan, Joel Schumacher, Hitchcock, Kubrick and even Spielberg\u2019s iconic filmography practically demand a drinking game. Leave the popcorn. Take the rum and coke.\r\nForeshadowing is horror-flick blood sport. Peele is all the more skillfully keen when toying with the plot-twisted mind games. Quoting the Bible, he twice incorporates the passage from Jeremiah: \u201cI will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me. I will not listen to them.\u201d\r\nUs may simply be an artfully crafted love letter to Hitchcock and Kubrick among others. Perhaps it is meant to be a metaphor of metaphysical doom, a harbinger of the capsizing turbulent social and political times in which we now live. Chances are Us is both.\r\nInner demons dominate existential angst, upending dreams and all of psychopathology. The real star of nightmares and horror stories continues to be the unknown. Exploiting the unexpected revelations of introspection fueled the genius of psychological horror\/thriller virtuosos such as Hitchcock, Shyamalan and now Peele. The enemy is within and without. The only thing we have to fear is not fear itself. It is us.\r\nUs is rated R for violence, terror and language.