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Jordan Peele, Lupita Nyong’o Terrify SXSW with ‘Us’

Jordan Peele, Lupita Nyong’o Terrify SXSW with ‘Us’

In Austin, everyone can hear you scream. And there seemed to be plenty of shrieks, squeals and even a few sobs at the premiere of Jordan Peele’s latest opus, “Us,” at South By Southwest on Friday night.

This film festival in Texas has a strong track record of launching studio blockbusters. Last year, “A Quiet Place” screened here before raking in an astonishing $340 million worldwide.

Judging by the ecstatic reaction after the screening of “Us,” Peele doesn’t need to worry about a sophomore slump, following the success of his Oscar-nominated “Get Out.”

Is “Us” as scary as the trailer? More so.

Is the story of a cookie-cutter family (led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke), who fight off blood-thirsty clones on their summer vacation, less political than “Get Out?” Not really.

At a Q&A following the screening, Peele revealed — without mentioning the president’s name — that

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