One half of the Key and Peele comedy team has made a horror movie that touches on some incendiary topics.
The movie is called Get Out, it's directed by Jordan Peele, and it stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams as a couple named Chris and Rose who head to Rose's parents' estate so that Chris can properly meet them. At first Chris thinks Rose's folks (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) seem uncomfortable because he's black, but it turn out that the family -- and their town -- have some other secrets.
Peele told Playboy (via Slashfilm) a couple of years ago that Get Out was based on "racial fears" and "the fears of being a black man today," and you can see that right off the bat when the couple are pulled over by a police officer who wants to see Chris' ID for no apparently good reason. But there's a lot more awaiting them when they get to Rose's parents' house: it seems they live in a very white neighborhood, and the few black people who do live there are acting ... strange.
Like many Hollywood trailers these days, this one for Get Out is very long and shows us a lot. Maybe too much? That remains to be seen. Get Out is being produced by horror hit factory Blumhouse (through Universal), and while they have the horror thing down and have touched on politics in The Purge films, this is the company's first film to deal explicitly with a story revolving around race.
Will it work? We'll find out next February. Read the official synopsis below and share your thoughts on Get Out.
In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation. 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.