Universal: ‘Get Out’ film trailer (Oh brother, where art thou?)

Oh, brother, where art thou? A new thriller looks to combine the horror genre with some topical interracial controversies...

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating and  she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her mother Missy (Catherine Keener) and father Dean (Bradley Whitford,).  He frets that she’s neglected to mention he’s black and worries if, even in this day and age, that will be a problem. When they arrive he senses their unease but at first it doesn’t seem to be as big an issue as he hoped. Everyone appears to be… trying.  However as the weekend progresses, Chris begins to see cracks in the facade and it’s clear all is not well. What he feared might be simple cultural differences and attitudes take on a far more sinister tone. are  but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Directed by  Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), the film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton ‘Lil Rel’ Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (the  recent remake of Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

Horror stories sometimes struggle to be relevant. All too often they fall back on familiar tropes or special-effects to get across their fear factor. But the best tap into something more.  At the moment we can only go by the trailer for ‘Get Out‘, but it appears it could be a subversive and topical addition to the genre, combining some classic psychological tricks, a primal sense of isolation and the subject of race.  We should all acknowledge that the film has chosen a pretty lousy title, but with a strong cast and a message that appears to be slipped in like a dagger rather than hit hard by a sledgehammer, this could be a much-discussed release when it hits cinemas in February 2017.