“Unveiling the Horror of Get Out” Featurette
It is very rare for a director’s freshman project to catapult them into the mainstream. However, that was not the case for Jordan Peele, writer and director of the Oscar-winning film, Get Out. After the finale of his long-running show, Key & Peele, many people thought that he was going to take his unique brand of comedy elsewhere. Much to their surprise, Peele decided to take on the horror genre; and, in doing so, instantly became an accomplished auteur.
Get Out is truly a groundbreaking film not only for its sophisticated direction but its commentary on social issues regarding race and discrimination. It’s a multi-layered film that truly warrants repeated viewings and an in-depth analysis. To really understand all that went into making Get Out, make sure to watch the featurette, “Unveiling the Horror of Get Out” in our “Extras” section.
If you have seen Get Out, then you know that it isn’t your typical horror movie. Yes, it has its share of screams and frights; but it also has so much more going on underneath the surface. Harkening back to his roots, Jordan Peele says “The fact that it deals with race just goes to the area I’ve worked in with regards to comedy. And this movie reflects real fears of mine and issues that I’ve dealt with before.” It might sound quite strange, but horror and comedy both mirror each other. Further along in this Get Out feature, Peele establishes the fact that these two genres both evoke a certain reaction, whether that be a laugh or a yelp. As you can tell, Peele capitalizes on his past to tell a story that is both humorous and a complete nightmare.
This kind of a directorial approach gave Peele a lot of credibility amongst the Get Out cast and crew. In this behind-the-scenes look, Allison Williams (“Rose Armitage”) says “I would never know this was his first time directing. And this is my first time doing a movie, so I feel like we’re in it together.” The level of comfortability that Peele had while he was behind the camera made it seem as if he was a seasoned filmmaker to those around him. With this kind of energy, it was easy for the cast to trust the overall vision he had for the production. As you will see, everyone involved in Get Out praises Peele for his style – and for the story that he came up with.
The plot is unlike anything you have seen in a movie before. Rather than being the typical campy horror movie, Jordan Peele wrote Get Out as a story that slowly builds up to the frights. Daniel Kaluuya (“Chris Washington”) says, “It’s more about the suspense […] It’s more about the anticipation. Four-fifths of the film is anticipation.” As you watch Get Out, you can tell that nothing truly horrifying happens at the beginning. However, potential jump-scares are replaced with unsettling imagery and haunting music as the movie goes further along. In other words, the scares aren’t momentary – they last with you throughout the entirety of the runtime.
Alongside the eerie atmosphere, Get Out also does a great job of shining a light on the prejudices people have today. By bringing in current situations and alluding to them in scenes like the iconic garden party auction, audiences can see something in themselves that they have never been able to see before. Get Out deals with racism and discrimination and the ugliness that comes from them. Jordan Peele wants to scare you with this movie, but he also wants to get across a message. At the end of Get Out, that message couldn’t be clearer. It’s not the screams that stick with you. It’s the meaning behind those fears that linger the most.
You can dive further into the mind of Jordan Peele (and maybe even the Sunken Place) when you buy Get Out on 4k Ultra HD, DVD, Digital, or Blu-rayTM*.
*Bonus features are only available at select digital retailers. Check the retailer for details.