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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 22

The movie bomb, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" was brought to theaters on July 22, 1959.

Debut of “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

Dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by many critics, Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space was released on this day in 1959. The “thriller” starred Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi and Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. The plot features alien beings who seek to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. They do this by implementing "Plan 9” and resurrecting dead bodies on earth. Why this would work is never explained. Lugosi actually died before the film was finished. Wood repurposed silent footage of Lugosi in “Tomb of the Vampire” and occasionally had a crew member dress up like the man for other scenes. The film is riddled with mistakes in dialogue, continuity and props, but worse yet, it’s terribly dull.


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