Zombie apocalypses are *so* played out, don’t ya think? Thanks to Jordan Peele’s fantabulous new film US, doppelganger apocalypses may just become the next big thing. But there’s a big vampire connection to the movie, too. Did you catch it?
The movie opens at an amusement park in Santa Cruz, California, in 1986. This is the same amusement park haunted by the terminally teenage vampires of THE LOST BOYS. More to the point(ed teeth), it is the amusement park where THE LOST BOYS was filmed. We know this because the mother of Lupita Nyong’o’s character says “You know, they’re shooting a movie over there by the carousel.” That movie is THE LOST BOYS! This wasn’t just a happy accident, either. Jordan Peele is a huge Horror mark. He chose that amusement park specifically because of its cinematic Horror history. I kept expecting to hear “Say Hello to the Night” or “Cry Little Sister” playing in the background. How cool would it have been if they could have sneaked in a cameo from Kiefer Sutherland, CGI-ed back to his twenties and with his signature trenchcoat and vampire mullet?
By the way, did you spot Black Manta himself, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in the movie? Mateen will be playing Candyman in the upcoming Jordan Peele sequel/reboot of the Horror icon. Us is chock-full of Horror connections.