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Horror movies are not something I usually line up to see… ever… but over the last year or so the so-called Horror genre has been pushing out genre-bending stories with XX (the all female horror film), Krampus, the Christmas fright fest and now Get Out the thriller with a timely message.
If you’re like me, you knew exactly nothing about Get Out until last week when I kept seeing “The hype is real” and “See this movie” all over Twitter. If you have no idea what Get Out’s about here’s a little trailer:
Sure, Allison Williams is the last person I want to pay money to see in a movie, but that cop scene is FOR REAL and that FINAL “cop” scene is even more for real. What starts out as a “horror” film about an interracial couple becomes a scary commentary on race in America and I could not look away… or stop talking about it.
In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the- parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, Bad Words), Edward H. Hamm Jr. (Bad Words) and Peele. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Stephen Root (No Country for Old Men), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).
Peele surrounded by artwork inspired by the film which you can see here.
Yes, the Peele from Key and Peele directed and wrote the film which means you will get plenty of laughs amongst the minor thrills (I swear, it’s not THAT scary). These laughs are usually accompanied by an “oh god, it’s so sad, it’s true” or “ugh, how embarrassing.” Allison Williams’ Dad repeatedly saying “I would vote for Obama for a third term” is groan worthy enough.
This guy tho. LilRel Howery needs to be in every movie, every comedy special, every TV show this guy was THE.BEST. And he plays a TSA agent… enough said. Hero.
You know him from Skins and perhaps Sicario (and the upcoming Black Panther!), Daniel Kaluuya plays the lead Chris… a black man as the leading role in a horror film. It is pretty great.
THIS SCENE with Catherine Keener is worth the price of admission and the reason we’re going to see Daniel around for a long, long time.
I have to much to say but I don’t want to give it all away because I really, really want you to see it and then, let’s talk… about it all. Interracial relationships, classism, white privilege, horror movie tropes, systematic racism, police misconduct and probably a lot more once have a few glasses of wine in us.