New blood for hor­ror

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - with Ju­lian Wright

GONE are the days where a knifewield­ing psy­cho chas­ing young blondes was an au­di­ence’s go-to for a cin­e­matic scare.

The un­der­per­for­mance of 2011’s Scream 4 was the in­di­ca­tion of the in­evitable death (again) of the slasher genre, with peo­ple now flock­ing to ghostly of­fer­ings (The Con­jur­ing, In­sid­i­ous) or edg­ing to­wards cre­ative, in­die chillers (It Fol­lows, Green Room). Get Out falls into the lat­ter cat­e­gory and has be­come a ru­n­away hit, do­mes­ti­cally out-gross­ing fel­low low bud­get film The Blair Witch Project.

Af­ter a few months of dat­ing, cau­casian Rose Ar­mitage (Al­li­son Wil­liams) de­cides to in­tro­duce her African-amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher boyfriend Chris Wash­ing­ton (Daniel Kalu­uya) to her par­ents, hyp­no­tist Missy (Cather­ine Keener) and neu­ro­sur­geon Dean (Bradley Whit­ford).

Meeting the par­ents is nerver­ack­ing enough, but for Chris it is height­ened due to the in­ter-racial na­ture of their re­la­tion­ship.

Rose takes him to their coun­try es­tate for a week­end get­away, as­sur­ing him her lib­eral par­ents are cool with him – and de­spite how pleas­ant they are, there is some­thing a lit­tle off.

Not only does Dean’s overly ac­com­mo­dat­ing be­hav­iour seem to be a cover for a hint of prej­u­dice or ig­no­rance, but their strictly black staff is strangely Step­ford-like.

There is an added thrill watch­ing a scary film that not only suc­ceeds in the jump scares but de­liv­ers them within a wholly orig­i­nal con­text.

Putting a sweat-in­duc­ing twist on Meet The Par­ents, with a Rosemary’s Baby vibe and topped with an un­der­ly­ing so­cial com­men­tary on racism and the re­la­tion­ship

be­tween black and white peo­ple, Get Out is an ex­cit­ing, en­joy­able and thought-pro­vok­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The com­edy, via side­kick char­ac­ter Rod Wil­liams (Lil Rel How­ery), is just ic­ing on the cake of an al­ready pitch-per­fect film.

It is pleas­ing to see au­di­ences grav­i­tat­ing to­wards orig­i­nal con­tent and Get Out de­liv­ers above and beyond.

Al­li­son Wil­liams and Daniel Kalu­uyu.

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