The Get Out movie is a 2017 horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. The film follows Chris Washington, played by Kaluuya, and Rose Armitage, played by Williams. The two are in a relationship and Chris is meeting Rose’s family for the first time, at a secluded home in Upstate New York. Being an interracial couple, Chris notices racist comments and undertones from Rose’s family. The seemingly innocent weekend getaway quickly reveals a much more sinister plot when dozens of wealthy white people gather for an annual get together at the Armitage home. The guests continue making unsettling comments of admiration, particularly of Chris’s physique, even comparing him to Tiger Woods. A camera flash launches an episode from Logan King, one of the only other black men at the party who is married to another guest. In his episode, Logan shouts for Chris to Get Out! This psychological horror rollercoaster was written and directed by Jordan Peele. Check out various screen facts below.
Inspired by Eddie Murphy
Jordan Peele was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s Delirious comedy special. In the special, Murphy has a routine about how white characters in ghost horror movies never just leave the house. Even when a ghost literally tells characters to Get Out, they fight to stay in the haunted house.
Get Out was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut. With a budget of $4.5 million and worldwide box office revenue of $255.5 million, the movie was a mega success both critically and financially. Peele became the first African-American writer, director and producer to earn more than $100 million in his debut. Get Out was also the second February released horror movie to go on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Silence of the Lambs was the first to be nominated and won in 1991. Get Out did not win that honor, losing to The Shape of Water (2017). Still the nomination was a big deal considering that horror films are not normally nominated.
Won Best Original Screenplay
While Get Out may not have won Best Picture at the Oscars, Jordan Peele did win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, becoming the first black winner in the award’s history. Peele was also only the fourth-ever black nominated individual for this award. Jordan Peele definitely earned the award as he had done over 200 drafts of his screenplay to perfect it. Peele even wrote and filmed a darker ending, where Chris was imprisoned for the things that happened in the movie. This ending didn’t test well and was adjusted to be lighter and provide Chris with some relief after his ordeal.
The Sunken Place Represents So Much More
While receiving hypnotherapy from Rose’s mother, Chris enters what she calls the “sunken place”, a void with no sound in the human psyche and, from there, Chris blacks out and awakens the next morning. Jordan Peele described the sunken place in greater detail in the script, later explaining to audiences it represents the silencing of black voices by the socio-political system in America. After the popularity of the film, which was released in February of 2017, by the fall of 2017 it was already being taught in universities. Professor Tananarive Due had a class called Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic at UCLA. Peele even surprised students at the class by sitting in the last row during a lecture. Towards the end of the class, professor Due asked, “what do you think the director was trying to say about the coveting of black bodies?” Jordan Peele raised his hand and the students then recognized him and gave a standing ovation, leading Peele to go to the front and instruct the class.
Jordan Peele Makes Cameo Appearances…Kinda
It is not uncommon for those who work close to a project to make a brief cameo appearance in their films. Think Stan Lee in marvel productions, it creates for a little nudge to the audience in a non-overt way. Jordan Peele definitely appeared in his film in a non-overt way. While he was never seen, Peele provided the audio for the deer that Rose hit with her car. He also did the voice over that says, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” in the Coagula video.
Chance the Rapper Loved the Movie
Chance the Rapper enjoyed the movie so much and wanted audiences to see it and support the project. He bought every ticket on the opening day of the films at a specific theatre in Chicago and gave away the tickets for free. He told audiences to go to the theatre with their ID and enjoy the movie.