Get Out is a 2017 American satirical horror film written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, LaKeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener, and follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents.
A young black man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when a fellow black man on the estate warns him to “get out”. He soon learns this is easier said than done.
The film is a huge hit – $30.5m and counting at the US box office – so perhaps it’s channelling the widespread sense of unease outside the multiplex doors.
What Get Out does for nervous African-Americans, upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale should do for women. And surely we will soon see Muslim and Hispanic nightmares on film as the new president’s travel bans are enforced, and as US government deportation sweeps go into full swing. This time around it will be hard for fiction or satire to outstrip reality, as it often has in paranoia classics of the past.