Get Out

I hate hate hate horror movies. Even worse are horror movies that are too close to reality. Get Out is definitely one of those…

That being said, I did like Get Out (as much as a viewer can like it anyway). It starts off so normal. Just a guy shaving in his mirror and a girl buying pastries but after Rose hits the deer I knew that normalcy was over. I like to think I’m a good judge of character and my favorite characters is definitely Chris’ friend Rod. This was a good call on my part considering he saves Chris with his “TSA senses”. Rod brought some comedic relief, but not enough to out weigh the sinister, outright insane parts of the rest of the movie. From Walter (aka Rose’s grandfather) running at Chris, to Georgina (Rose’s grandmother) spontaneously crying and Jeremy (speaks for himself), I caught myself trying not to look but also glued to my screen.

Obviously the movie covers a lot of ground, but I wonder what the movie would be like without the horror aspect of it. In my Global Studies class in high school we read a short story called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” which is basically the same story line: white girl brings her black fiance back home to her wealthy supposedly liberal family who is forced to reckon with their latent racism. I guess for someone who is not much of a horror movie connoisseur, I’m trying to decide whether the horror adds to the story or takes away from it. Does the horror of it all allow viewers to walk away saying “But none of it can be real, no one performs brain surgery like that”. Just an idea I had.

4 comments

  1. I agree that horror movies are not my genre of choice, especially when it confronts such relevant issues in our society. In my opinion, the horror aspects of the movie helped to enhance the harsh realities and feelings of racism as well as the extreme negative effects it has on black Americans.

  2. That is an interesting point about taking away the horror in the film. I also am not a fan of horror movies but I wonder if this would detract from the message? This film took racism to a different level and invoked a sense of fear in the audience perhaps to show different perspectives?

  3. I think the reliance on the horror genre helps illustrate to the audience the horror of racism and America’s history. Just having tense dinners, microaggressions, and racially-charged confrontations would be counterproductive because a lot of people think that is the extent of racism. They don’t see how that leads to the heinous racist acts we see committed in our society everyday, so Peele has to elevate that ‘everyday’ stuff into the true horror.

  4. I see what you mean by thinking that the horror aspect takes it a step too far, but I think it proves to be a really successful metaphor for how racism still exists in our country. Many of those who do not experience it think that it does not exist, yet for black people who are faced with it, it can be utterly horrifying, as the movie points out. I think the horror genre just enhances this theme as a wake up call for those who still think you can deny that racism exists (one of the many reasons why everyone should watch this movie).

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