Horror hindsight: “Get Out”

Dillon O'Connor, Staff Writer

Although commonly associated with Halloween, horror movies are not limited to one time of year.

The Horror genre has leaked into many other holidays and annual events. In honor of Black History month, “Get Out” will be the focus of this article.

“Get Out” is horror/thriller film that was written and directed by African American actor/comedian, Jordan Peele. The movie centers around Chris Washington as he goes to meet his girlfriend’s family for the first time.

While most of the cast is made up of Caucasians, the film ultimately focuses on Daniel Kaluuya’s character, Chris Washington and his interactions with his girlfriend’s family.

Upon Washington’s arrival to the Armitage household he his welcomed very warmly, although there is obviously an awkward air throughout the whole scene. In this scene we are introduced to the seemingly likable and comedic surgeon father and the tamer psychiatrist mother.

While most early interactions with the father are strange, it seems that most of it could be due to the awkwardness of meeting his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time.

The mother on the other hand tries to pry into Washington’s past a little too much, which causes him to be more wary of her.

Washington is introduced to the black servants of the house, who both seem to act unusual. The brother is met a bit later and is more aggressive towards him, wanting to practice MMA moves on him and talks about Chris wasting his genetics by not pursuing a sport.

Part way through his visit, the family hosts an annual gathering for friends, all of which are Caucasian and can hardly hold a conversation with him without mentioning his race.

Unbeknownst to Washington, this gathering is really an auction for his body.

The speed of the movie feels like it picks up during this second half as Washington is becoming more aware of the situation his is in and who he can really trust.

The movie shows multiple moments that hint at many future occurrences. It shows how Washington’s past impacts his actions in the present.

The choice of soundtrack helps to create many of the uneasy tones that are throughout the movie.

All of this is backed by excellent performances by the cast. Paying attention to every little detail on your first viewing is near impossible but that makes the re-watching the movie all the more worth it.