RACIAL HORROR: Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from the movie Get Out, where
RACIAL HORROR: Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from the movie Get Out, where "meeting the parents” turns deadly. Justin Lubin

Get Out will make you think

HEAVILY influenced by racial tensions in the United States, horror film Get Out is uncomfortable as well as scary.

Black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is dating Rose (Allison Williams), a white woman from a wealthy family. When it comes time to "meet the parents”, he's worried - but she assures him they're not racist.

When they arrive at the Armitage family's country home, there's definitely a weird vibe - Rose's therapist mother wants to hypnotise him, her brother keeps talking about his "good genes” - and the family has two oddly behaved black servants.

The next day, the Armitages' equally bizarre friends arrive, including an older woman with a younger black boyfriend who looks strangely familiar.

Directed and written by Jordan Peele, from the comedy duo Key and Peele, Get Out is basically Guess Who's Coming to Dinner meets the Stepford Wives.

While the film doesn't take itself too seriously, its themes have apparently been drawn from Peele's real-life experiences.

In reality, the comedian is married to actress Chelsea Peretti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, although you'd hope her family isn't like the one from the movie.

Get Out deals with some pretty heavy subjects, including class issues, racial profiling, African-American disappearances, and hidden racism. (Rose claims her father can't be racist because he "voted for Obama”.)

Lightening the mood, Milton "Lil Rel” Howery is hilarious as Chris's friend Rod, whose over-the-top conspiracy theories about white people aren't too far from the truth in this case.

It can be uncomfortable viewing at times, but Get Out is a rare film that works as a horror movie and a satire of real life events.


Rating: MA

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Milton "Lil Rel” Howery

Verdict: 3.5

Get Out is screening now at Birch Carroll and Coyle North Rockhampton Cinemas.