Horror maestro Jordan Peele’s Us is an all-new, ingenious nightmare that causes audiences to pause and reflect on the idea that we may be our own worst enemies.

Back in 2017, writer/director Peele’s feature debut Get Out made a lasting impression after it broke box-office records and snagged Oscar nominations, including a win for Peele’s screenplay. The Oscar -winning screenplay, however, was viewed as more of a racially-charged horror-comedy hybrid than a traditional scary flick.

Peele continues this trend in Us, but this time he strays closer to the horror side of the spectrum. One could describe Us as a kaleidoscope of many horror films that have obviously had a clear influence on his filmmaking.

Think of Us as an innovative (and far more intelligent) fusion between Get Out and Bryan Bertino’s 2008 thriller The Strangers. Yet, due to the brilliant underlying allegory behind the film, that description is almost doing it a disservice.

After our young protagonist Adelaide wonders off from a beach carnival in Santa Cruz, California in 1986, she has an experience that changes her life forever. But, Peele doesn’t give us too much insight on what exactly happened when young Adelaide entered the eerie hall of mirrors on the boardwalk.

He then flashes forward to 30 years later, where Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), is now married to Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), who pretty much forces them to take their two children, Zora (Shah Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex), to the same beach that terrified Adelaide all those years ago.

Of course, Adelaide has suppressed those haunting memories and never told her husband about the frightening episode.

Peele provides the audience with some comedic relief when he introduces the somewhat pretentious and privileged family friends, Josh and Kitty Tyler (played by Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss). The couples are attempting to enjoy your typical American beach vacation, when things start to take a turn for the worst and Jason wonders off just like his mother did all those years ago.

After a frantic Adelaide locates her lost son, the couple decides to return their vacation home. Later that night, an uninvited family shows up in their driveway and has no intentions of going away any time soon.

What then unfolds is a spindled and chilling parable about how many ungrateful people tend to blame others, when they really should look in the mirror to see their collective trepidation and what they should truly fear: themselves.

While everyone pretty much plays two roles in this film due to everyone having a zombie-like doppelganger referred to as “the Tethered,” Lupita Nyong’o’s performance shines. In fact, one could argue that if she doesn’t get an Oscar nod, it will be the biggest upset since last year’s snub of Toni Collette in Hereditary. Yes, it’s that good.

Outstanding performances aside, Peele’s new nightmare is much darker and deeper than Get Out. But, the question remains: Are we, the collective audience, ready to face that horrifying truth?