Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele on Comedy Central's popular sketch show and shown earlier this year in the comedy Keanu with co-star Keegan-Michael Key, announced a while ago that he was venturing into the directing sphere. And a very different side of the sphere at that.
Known for his sharp but dark sense of humor, Peele told sources last year that his first film would be a horror written and directed by him, and now we're treated with the first trailer for the film titled Get Out. And hold on, because it looks fantastic. Watch below now.
Get Out revolves around a couple Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) visiting Rose's family for the weekend. The family doesn't know, however, that Rose's boyfriend is black. This doesn't appear to be an issue until Chris starts experiencing some weird things at this family's suburban home and running into some very strange people. From the looks of it, Rose's parents are practicing some freaky and racist ish at their house. For once, the black man may not only not die first, but (hopefully) survives altogether.
In addition to being a horror film with a black lead, an unfortunate rarity considering 1968's Night of the Living Dead (a horror classic) had one during a time far closer to segregation, the trailer showcases black people's fear of white people — and privilege — in a way so very underutilized in the horror genre. We are constantly getting creepy kids, creepy old people, creepy psychopaths, fear of heights, water, death, and even female fear of predatory men, but rarely does the genre take advantage of this very real threat to a huge number of our population. And this is from a genre that has heavily relied on fear of "the other" as an underlying mechanism — at least if that other is dark-skinned, alien, or native and primal.
Granted, there also aren't a lot of black men directing horror films. Not only does Jordan Peele appear to know how to genuinely incite scares (the line between comedy and horror is historically quite thin), but it's downright exciting for rabid fans of the genre that tends to springboard off social undercurrents and zeitgeist to see an expansion and inclusion of black themes in this way.
The film arrives in February. Just in time for Black History Month, in case you were wondering.
Are you freaked out for Jordan Peele's first horror film?