Uncanny is not a simple aspect to pin down like all other similar recreations because it lies on the utmost of the boundaries of confident measurement. Despite that, there are some familiar characteristics to the uncanny that we can distinguish and it does seem to arise often under particular possibilities than others. The uncanny is something that appears usual and hospitable but its familiarity is disconcerting and startling. The greater the resemblance the greater the fear.
Sigmund Freud concentrates on the notion of Uncanny. He relates the word ‘uncanny’ as an interpretation of the German term unheimlich, the opposite of Heimlich, which means ‘aware’ or ‘pertaining to the home’. This interpretation formulates the perception of the word as confusing. If we retain in sense the literal translation of unheimlich, the ‘uncanny’ should be inferred to things that are fearful because they are foreign to us. Adverse to that, Freud halves the definition of the Uncanny in two classes, on one side, it implies common and pleasing, and on the other, that which is suppressed and hidden. Therefore, the definition of Heimlich slowly exemplifies an ambivalence that shifts its understanding towards its opposite, unheimlich. In response to that, both ways end up directed to the identical result. Freud describes the uncanny as –
“The ‘uncanny’ is that class of the terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar.” So in order to provoke the uncanny one has to experience something that our brain qualifies as familiar appearing or behaving in an unfamiliar way. Added to that the presence of rational thought in our mind does not do anything to banish the emergence of uncanny because in some essential primitive order of our mind we are conflicted by it.
The uncanny is presented in Jordan Peele’s directed movie titled “Us”. He appreciates the distinction and puts it to effective use in this second thriller. The story revolves around the encounter of a family of four with their clones or doppelgangers which was later revealed to be a secret government project. The clones are exactly identical to their counterparts with noticeable differences which strikes a strange notion of uncanny among the audience. Unable to speak and lacking any soul, these clones set out to kill the characters led by the one named Red. The director again throws off early hints in the story of Adelaide, the protagonist, being a clone herself which is finally revealed as a disturbing twist. We discover this theory elsewhere in the movie, as the ” uncanny valley” depicts computer imagery so natural and lifelike that the increasingly trivial distinctions between computer liveliness and real-life rupture our immersion more than something meager realistic would.