Walking out of the theater, my friends and I were silent… There were no words to describe the feeling of terror and adrenaline coursing through our veins. Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, was unlike any film I’d ever seen. The plot seamlessly blended comedy with horror, resulting in a film so realistic and terrifying that I actually laughed out loud periodically, only to be paralyzed in fear minutes later.
The film, centered around a young interracial couple, begins to unravel when a young African-American man named Chris Washington goes home with his Caucasian girlfriend, Rose Armitage, to meet her family. At first, the Armitage clan seems to be quite welcoming of Chris, almost eerily so. But then, suddenly, without you even noticing, several odd occurrences peppered throughout the film begin to line up and the audience becomes aware of what’s really going on in the same instant as Chris, which is what I found to be so unique about the film.
Dramatic irony is common in horror films, classically eliciting responses like, “Don’t go into the kitchen!” Get Out, however, brings the audience along for the ride as if they are experiencing the events in real-time right alongside Chris. The thrilling yet terrifying scenes which unfolded shook me to my very core right up until the final moments of the film. (Which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen it yet!)
Jordan Peele became the first black writer/director to earn over $100 million on his debut film when this psychological thriller hit the box office last month. His film was also the first horror movie to be written solely around the issue of racism. Peele’s great success proved that the “City of Stars” had been quite off-base prior to this film as far as what kind of horror people wanted to see on the big screen. Critics have compared Peele’s Get Out with Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and 2004’s Saw, which both set records at the box office as well as the standard for the genre which was imitated for many years following.
The film’s immensely positive response by the masses is further emphasized by a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ “TOMATOMETER.” This film resonated with audiences so directly because of how perfectly it captures the fears of today’s society. The issue by which it is driven is very prominent in today’s political and social structure. People have seen their worst nightmares come to life in this movie and that is what’s truly terrifying about Get Out.