America should be done beating around the bush when it comes to race relations, but unfortunately many barriers still exist to open dialogue. That makes the honest language used in Get Out both striking and welcome. This is a movie about the horror of subjugation, but it’s not presented in a tidy biopic or a gritty drama. It’s modern horror, and in a way, it’s rejection of the standard genres that deal with this topic is the most radical thing about it.
After all, a large part of the horror genre is about confronting deeply held societal fears, and yet people of color (and hence these issues) are largely excluded from the mix. There’s even the running trope that minority characters die first in slashers, but here Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris should be around to the bitter end. The horror revolves around him, after all, as one of the few black men in a sea of seemingly uncomfortable white people.
The man that brings us this whiff of fresh air is none other than Jordan Peele, who through comedy has been confronting these issues in MADtv, Key & Peele, and Keanu. Horror is new to him, but the trailer indicates that this isn’t a halfhearted dip into the genre. There’s a barrage of creepy stuff going down, from brainwashing to skeletal deer to ominous cups of tea. It’s a promising trailer, and one that doesn’t hold back on either the horror or the message.
Get Out is directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener. It will be released in the U.S. on February 24th, 2017. Further release dates are not currently known.
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