Welcome back, dear readers. This time I get to review the horror movie Get Out and I couldn’t be happier. I love horror. It’s my favorite genre of movies. In fact, my favorite three movies of all time are horror movies; The Thing, Alien, and of course Silence of the Lambs.
The last one especially made an impression on me as a kid. I grew up watching Star Wars, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth. Alien gave me nightmares, I was about 8 years old when I first watched it at my godparents’ house. The opening scene and the haunting music are hardwired into my brain. This set the precedent for a love affair of many decades. Two years ago I even did a horror challenge, where I watched a horror movie every day in October. I repeated this challenge last year and I’m planning to do so again this year. Mainly to rekindle my love affair, but also to clear out the collection I have accumulated over the years. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to movies, if I wanted to I could build a house with my dvds. Well, not really, but you get the idea.
State of Horror
In the last decade the genre has succumbed to the same problems as in the eighties; formulaic franchises with a reliance on jumpscares and gore instead of great story telling and atmosphere. Luckily in the last few years there has been a revival in true horror. With movies like the Babadook, It Follows, The Witch, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and a little bit further back, Let The Right One In. The genre is reinventing itself. The last great horror movie in my honest opinion before this wave were The Descent and Saw. Yesterday I got my chance to see the new king of the revival: Get Out.
Jordan Peele, the director of this movie, is known for his comedy work in the show Key&Peele. Before that, he was on 5 seasons of MADtv. This is his first film and he knocked it out of the park. As of this moment, it’s the highest grossing movie in the U.S. directed by a black filmmaker. He is also set to produce Lovecraft Country for HBO. A show that will tackle race issues through the lens of supernatural horror.
Get Out: synopsis and themes
The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Alison Williams as Chris and Rose, a couple, as they go on a trip to meet her parents for the first time on a mysterious estate. There they meet her parents, Dean and Missy, played by Bradley Whitford and Chatherine Keener. He is a neurosurgeon and she is a psychiatrist. Later on we also meet her brother Jeremy, played by Caleb Landry Jones.
Before they travel there, Chris is concerned about the fact that Rose didn’t tell her parents that he is black and she assures him that her parents will not mind. This mirrors the main theme of the movie about racism, not the open and ignorant form, but the more subtle and middle class variant. And racism as a horror setting works really well. The whole estate emits a weird vibe and as they get guests for an annual party, the weirdness intensifies. The remainder of the film is a rollercoaster of what the fucks, genuine funny moments, especially by Rod, the best friend of Chris, who watches after his dog while he is away. The film keeps a steady pace and works up to a horrorific reveal and conclusion that is gonna haunt me for some time.
I love this movie because it grabbed my attention from the start and I remained invested all the way through. Interesting characters, a great setting and a great ambiance set the tone for this modern day horror. It’s not a perfect movie by far, certain foreshadowing moments are a bit predictable and sometimes the laughs are a bit cheap, but overall it’s a damn good movie.
So, Get Out, and go see it in the theatres if you have the chance!