Day Two of Thirteen Spooky Movie Reviews: “Get Out”

Get Out film logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“Get Out” film logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Damien Funnell, Staff Writer & Sports Score Manager

Oh man do we have a banger here. Not only have I watched this movie multiple times, but I’ve found another way to be left traumatized afterwards. But I don’t want to get caught up on the horror aspect of this movie, because if you look closer, you’ll find the message that director Jordan Peele was trying to send to his viewers in “Get Out.”

Now, I’m not going to lie to you, the movie is a lot more creepy than it is straight up horror.

I feel like what “Get Out” does the best that other scary movies aren’t doing much of anymore is sending a message. The scare factor Peele was going for with actor Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, and his girlfriend in the movie Rose, Allison Williams, is quite simply the horror that comes with enslavement. I feel that Peele wanted his viewers to see that slavery is still an issue in society, and while the likelihood of a black man’s white girlfriend hypnotizing and enslaving him is incredibly narrow, the premise of the situation is that slavery still exists in this world.  

Peele definitely does a great job of establishing the fear in Chris’s character. As the movie begins, Rose introduces Chris to her family. As Chris begins to meet Rose’s family, he notices that they have a black groundskeeper named Walter (Marcus Henderson). Chris starts to have suspicions about Rose and their family because it seems as if Walter has absolutely no freedom over what he’s doing. Stranger things continue to happen as Chris meets the family. While he’s there, the family has an annual meeting with a bunch of random white people no one cares about. Chris meets another black male named Logan (Lakeith Stanfield), who came to the get together with a white lady who was much older than him. Chris notices how strange Logan is acting and decides to take a picture of Logan, but forgets that the flash is on. Logan sees the flash and begins to panic and yell the ironic phrase, “Get Out.”  

Now, I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, so I think I’ll leave the rest for you to experience on your own.      

As horror movies seem to have lost their touch and convert to mostly just pointless jump scares, I advise you not to lose hope in them yet. There are a few movies out there like “Get Out” that will scare you to no belief. At the same time, managing to give a realistic feel and message out to the viewers. I give the movie 9/10 Greenfields for its ability to make me never want to date a white girl again.

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