Get Out goes out of great lengths in exploring the horror genre. The movie takes a unique perspective as it tackles confusion and disappointment in race relations at this modern age while simultaneously instilling fear to its audiences.
The film’s prologue provides a sneak peek on the horrific violence that happens in the movie before it starts delivering the story of the budding romance of a young couple: Chris and Rose. The couple is set for a visit to Rose’s hometown, while Chris is having reservations despite his girlfriend’s reassurance regarding the supposedly open-mindedness of her parents, especially when Chris is black.
From this moment onward, the movie tackles one of the most sensitive and pressing social issues of today, and it succeeded in engaging the audience, with $170 million of earnings at the US box office.
Upon their arrival to Rose’s hometown and upon meeting her parents, Chris realizes that he is at the mercy of some of the most racist individuals he has ever known.
Get Out is a product of the brilliant mind of Jordan Peele, half of the popular comedy duo of Key and Peele.
Rose’s parents have seemingly perfect jobs. Her father is a surgeon, whereas her mother is a psychiatrist. These people seem welcoming enough, but Chris feels that there’s something more especially when he sees the tension in their black staff consisting of a gardener and a maid. He knows that something bad lurks within Rose’s home based on their expressions and stiff behavior.
Only one other horror film delved on the idea of race: George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. As zombie fans possibly know, the 1968 movie centers on black man trying to fight the undead in a town dominated by white people.
The same premise is reflected in Get Out, where a young black man must survive his girlfriend’s racist parents. The film builds up tension as the politeness of white people reaches its limit before giving rise to an outburst of physical violence.