It's a good time to be a horror fan. Barely a month after M. Night Shyamalan's wild psychological horror Split became an enormous hit (and a major comeback for the legendary director), the studio behind that film, Blumhouse, are tearing up the box office again with Get Out.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame, #GetOut is the story of a black guy who accompanies his white girlfriend on a trip to her parents' place. Arriving there, a series of unsettling events begin to convince him that the seemingly friendly nature of her parents and their wealthy friends, all white, could be concealing a much darker prejudice.
It's an awesome concept marrying mystery with timely political undertones, and Get Out has clearly resonated with audiences — but is it actually scary?
To answer that question I'll go into vague detail about one or two minor events, so if you're tempted to see it and would rather know nothing at all, you might want to stop reading at this point. I won't spoil anything major, though.
What Kind Of Scary Is 'Get Out'?
A lot of the fear in this movie is built up via the tension that the core mystery — what does Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) have to fear from Dean and Missy Armitage? — creates, but there are also numerous moments which fall back on more traditional #horror scare tactics.
For instance, there's gore, beginning early on with the death of a deer which is hit by a car and seen bleeding out in the road. That sets the mood quite ominously, and there are further instances of violence peppered throughout the movie. Peele isn't shy about capturing that brutality (stabbing, shooting etc.) on-screen, so if blood makes you squirm, you're in the wrong place.
There are no jump scares, so you don't have to worry about that — this is not Insidious. Think of it more as an (initially) slow-burn thriller with plenty of violence and you're on the right track.
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What About The Language?
The language is best summed up as "bad." Pretty much the entire spectrum of expletives is covered in this movie, from "f-ck" and "sh-t" to "motherf-cker." The sex is not graphic, but the sex talk is, and of course (considering the movie's major theme), the 'N' word pops up more than once.
Is It Suitable For Kids?
A well-adjusted teenager aged sixteen or up should be fine seeing Get Out, depending upon their previous exposure to the horror genre. It's important to note that the violence is not overly gratuitous and is generally used to enhance the subtle horror of the story. The message is very timely (but not explicitly political on one side or the other), making Get Out one of the smartest examples of this genre in recent years. Rather than corrupt your kids, it's likely to give them a little education.
Potential side effect, though: It might make them terrified of old white people.
In summary, Get Out is a reasonably scary film which younger kids should avoid, but also an important, socially-relevant piece of cinema. Those who dislike explicit violence or the genre as a whole would be wise to avoid, but most older teens and adults with a taste for are horror likely to enjoy.
Will you be going to see Get Out?