What is so special about horror films is that they can produce a megahit even without massive budget. There are no boundaries for fear and the feeling of getting goose bumps is surely universal. I personally find films that have the sense of real life lot scarier than those overtly exaggerated horror movies. I witnessed the arrival of such realistic fear when I watched Get Out.
The title suggests as if you have just found a time bomb that is about to explode. But do you ever come across with such a situation in your real life? Well, maybe you will on daily basis if you’re living in Texas, Mississippi or Alabama in the United States.
Following the birth of new US president Donald Trump, there have been a number of hate crimes committed against ethnic minorities in multiple cities in the nation. Besides, even though interracial couples are not rare to see today in the 21st century, we’ve also seen the rise of radical racist thoughts in the recent years. In fact, in Montana, people of colour and Jewish people have been hugely victimised by white supremacist.
So, the sense of fear that is portrayed in Get Out is actually what people of colour in America have been facing recently. Directed by an African American comedian and film producer, Jordan Peele, Get Out brilliantly articulated such fear from the perspective of Black population.
Exemplified by the winning of three Academy Awards by Moonlight in 2017, which spotlighted the Black American society, I’m glad to see more and more movie producers from ethnic minorities to have been active in Hollywood these days. Director Peele also held the post of storywriter so the film was produced almost entirely as he wished. In Get Out, he portrayed the White American society with lots of social satire.
Rose Armitage, a young white woman takes her boyfriend, Chris Washington, her black boyfired, to meet her parents for the first time at a weekend after a few months of dating. Chris is a bit nervous about how they’ll treat him, because of the racial difference. But, her parents turn out to be very welcoming and everything appears to be going well. Chris then starts noticing some weird behavioral patterns with the African American maids at the house. The Armitages then hold a huge party and Chris ends up in some awkward conversations with the guests. He initially just puts it down to the racial difference, but then the guests’, and the family’s motives start to look creepier. A series of increasingly upsetting discoveries lead Chris to a truth that he never could have imagined.
The approaching shadow of White
What I can say for sure about Get Out is that the film highlighted prejudices between differing races more strikingly than any other films that have existed before. That said the film does not necessary show outrageous violence against ethnic minorities. It focuses more on the mental sides of racism such as savageness and selfishness that can actually exist in anyone’s mind.
According to the FBI investigation, racial difference was the top cause for Hate Crime in America in 2015. It causes far more hate crimes than those based on differences in religion and sex. So, this is no longer anything other than a horror for people of colour in America.
Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams cast the two main characters of Chris and Rose in Get Out. Both of them undoubtedly did a great job in this film since their acting is what develops the suspense throughout so well. I’m certain they’ll start appearing more often screens in the near future.