Get Out (2017)

Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, LaKeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery, Caleb landry Jones, Stephen Root .USA. 1h 44m

The title comes from a history of black audiences shouting “Get Out” to any black cast members in horror movies, it’s a trope that has been played to death more recently as we being to embark on the serious questions of race and stereotypes, and it’s during this brave new wave that Jordan Peele has unleashed some amazingly creepy and mind bending stories centering around the black community.

The film follows Chris Washington (Kaluuya) as his romance with Rose Armitage (Williams) blooms to the point where it’s time to meet the rents. Taking a weekend out they plan to visit her parents and Chris fully expects some conflict over their interracal coupling but what happens goes deeper than race alone and way beyond anything Chris could have imagined and he was already expecting the worst.

Get out is very interesting as it’s narrative is based on what it’s audience’s reaction, we all know how horror movies work, then they began to change, you can’t scare someone who knows what’s coming to the tables were turned and instead of following the blood trail the character would run in the opposite direction and still get slaughtered, but at least they did something different. Reversing tropes is one thing, but Jordan has gone the extra mile and has changed things up again. Sometimes it works to some success but even the when his ideas don’t work exactly they do leave an uncanny uneasiness and makes for an unsettling even-at-the-good times horror movie.

With lots of awkwardness Chris tries his best to get through the weekend, everyone seems nice on the surface but his black spidey senses are on high alert but what he assumes is racial hated turns out to be some kind of strange adoration of him, something incredibly creepy, he;s often strokes and touched as if he’s ripe for the market but the reality of why he’s so special comes at a long stretch of the imagination.

Just because you’re invited doesn’t mean you’re welcome.

Peele spends a majority of the movie seducing his audience and manipulating them with eerie events, at times some of the scenes fall into a high strangeness in their atmosphere, and it’s hard to think this playing out in the real world then he’ll swing back at his audience making them believe in this Kafkaesque rabbit hole

From the moment Chris arrives at the family’s secluded home everything seems off. Kudos goes to peele for the skillful interventions and constant revival of the plot. Everytime you think you’ve worked out what’s going on Peele will revive and twist the plot, just enough to keep it fresh, not enough to piss off the hardcore horror community. It results in many creepy aha moments, and Peel uses these to keep people on edge rather than pointless jumpscares. The battle for Chris is as much cerebral as it is physical, but we know how black characters get treated in horror movies so what chance has he got?

“ Sink. – – – Now, you’re in the sunken place.”

-Missy Armitage

Why is Peele so obsessed with TV sets?

The film is a total game changer and it signaled the coming of a great director, someone who can encourage an audience to think, not only about what’s happening on the screen but life in general. Usually horror trends involve new methods of special effects or a technique to slaughter unsuspecting teens, but what Peele has begun is something of a socially conscious horror movement. Get Out, while wildly crazy at times, continues to come back to reality making some zany ideas seem quite plausible. The film has gone on to give a voice to a lot of budding black and brown directors and allowed for all to ask the difficult questions, be inclusive and explore horror as well as using the experience to help change the world, yeah I think it goes that far in a way.

TLDR

Rating: 8/10

Related: Us (2019) Nope (2022) Skintight (short)
Lists: Black led Horror Movies
Spotlight: Caleb landry Jones, Daniel Kaluuya,

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