Jordan Peele (a.k.a one-half of Key & Peele) wrote and directed the horror thriller Get Out, which sees an African-American man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), traveling upstate with his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), to meet the parents. The trip is already tainted when they’re stopped on the road and needlessly harassed by a racist policeman, but when they arrive, Chris’ encounters with the parents are nothing but awkward. As it turns out, the atmosphere is the product of something far more nefarious than he feared. Wanna know more? Watch the Get Out trailer, which dropped online today.
The footage gives away a lot, so we can piece this all together. Rose’s parents live in a predominantly white suburb with very few black people. When I say few, I mean a handful at most, and they act in a very Stepford Wives manner. They’re not robots, but it seems as though they have been programmed via hypnotism, which could be the case with most of the town’s residents. As it turns out, there have been reports of black people vanishing upon entering the town, and Chris may end up being the next one.
Watch the trailer below.
Get Out is a product of Blumhouse, which made a name for itself with well-made horror films on low production budgets, like Insidious, The Visit, and Sinister. In terms of filmmakers of color, the production house hasn’t worked with many of them. So in that sense, it’s nice to see different voices offering stories we haven’t seen before to the horror genre. It still has the same sort of vibe that we’ve seen from films like You’re Next and The Invitation: unsuspecting victims travel to a remote location thinking they’re among friends and slowly unravel their true intentions. It’s just that this time it’s tackling very timely subject matter.
Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon), and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) also feature in Get Out, set for theaters in February.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.