Musings in the Dark: Horror 103: Iconography--Red/Adelaide


Horror 103: Iconography--Red/Adelaide

Us caught me from the left. Lupita Nyong'o plays two characters: Adelaide Wilson and her doppelganger Red, and she eats both roles.  As a child, Adelaide had a scare in a Santa Cruz funhouse and lost the use of her voice for a period of time.  As an adult, Adelaide is happily married and the mother of two children. While on vacation at their lake house in Santa Cruz, the Wilson family is terrorized by the arrival of their red-suited doppelgangers called the Tethered and the remainder of the movie revolves around this conflict. Adelaide goes head up with her doppelganger Red, who speaks in a raspy voice, and eventually kills her.

Later we learn that the woman we knew as Adelaide was actually Red the doppelganger and Red the doppelganger was the real Adelaide. When she was a little girl messing around in the funhouse, Adelaide ran into her “evil” twin, Red and Red promptly choked her out, damaging her windpipe and vocal cords. Red dragged Adelaide to the underground location where the Tethered lived and took over Adelaide’s life.  

I went into Us without any idea what it was about and came out of the theater feeling like I’d been hit over the head. It messed with my brain for a day or two and I spent the next week thinking about the ideas and themes present in the movie. Such a good film; an excellent sophomore effort from Jordan Peele. It makes me want to see Lady Lupita play a full-on villain, and somebody needs to make this happen.


  1. Oh yes. Lady Lupita would make a badass villain.

  2. Question. Am I the only one reading your blogs? I notice I don't see other commenting like they used to years ago.

    1. I do have low readership, but you’re the only one who actively engages with my posts. And I love you for that. It won’t always be this way.

      Also my content changed when I moved overseas. I don’t really blog about the things I used to focus on because my life and focus has changed. Whenever something interesting happens, I blog about it. But, unless I’m moving to another country, that rarely happens. I’m ok with it. Again, it won’t always be this way.

  3. Good that others are reading, it would be nice to interact with some of them.

    Also maybe you can start posting some of your blog posts over at You might be able to pull in a new readers from there.

  4. I’ll check it out.

  5. You can find my Medium profile here.

    Give me a follow if you decide to sign up and I will go you a follow back.

    Also you can earn money by writing and posting articles. But you have to sing u for their partnership program and have a stripe account.

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