How Jordan Peele Found 'Get Out' and 'Us' Composer on YouTube

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If you can handle horror, "Us" is for you.

No spoilers — the film centers around a seemingly normal family who thinks they're taking a relaxing getaway to their summer home. But things quickly go south when they encounter their doppelgangers.

The movie features all kinds of twists and turns, which are amplified by its distinctive score, composed by Michael Abels. It's his second collaboration with director Jordan Peele, after "Get Out."

“He both told me what he needed to do, some of the sounds he wanted but he also wanted to hear my take on that. And then he turned me loose,” Abels told of the writing process.

The 56-year-old had been composing music since he was 8, but amazingly Peele actually found Abels on YouTube. 

"I've been writing music my whole life and I have written a lot of music in the concert hall and orchestra. Jordan saw some of my concert orchestral music on YouTube and made the producers cut me in. And so 'Us' is now my second feature,” Abels said.

Now, Abels joked, Peele has to keep hiring him. 

“I am willing to write for Jordan Peele anytime, any format that he wants," said Abels. "He is free to choose."

Peele told that he dreamed up the creepy movie based on things that used to run through his mind.

"You know, I used to imagine seeing myself. And I would get so creeped out by that. I was like, 'What if I saw a family that looked like my family?' And that set my imagination crazy,” Peele said.

Winston Duke, who plays dad and husband Gabe Wilson, said the movie isn't just making waves because it's a horror film — it's making a statement for the genre as a whole.

"It's really redefining what the all-American family looks like and can look like and does look like and should look like onscreen. Because we have all-American all over. You know what I mean? And they are families of America. And just to be able to see that onscreen, that seems very normal in this genre is very revolutionary."


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