• Ellis Barthorpe

October Fright Nights: Get Out

Ellis watches 'Get Out' for the first time in Fright Night number 5

Get Out is often renowned as a modern day classic; becoming a hit with audiences and critics always instantly...so you think I'd have seen it. But no, for whatever reason this passed me by in 2017 and has continued to do so since. I love Daniel Kaluuya - in fact I'd choose him to be the next James Bond - so I'm sure I'm going to love this. The final October Fright Night blog is ready for you to get involved with just days before Halloween, so buckle up with me and enjoy!

To read the first Fright Night article click here: https://www.focusfilms.online/post/october-fright-nights-night-of-the-living-dead

Fright Night Film: Get Out

Release Date: 2017

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery

Successful Jump Scares: 3


CREEPINESS

As soon as they reach Rose's family's house there's something creepy about the whole place. Their denial of being racists makes an audience despise them all straight from the off, and Catherine Keener in particular is so sinister in her portrayal of Missy, even when Chris is supposed to like her.

PLAUSIBILITY & STORY

To use a riveting horror story to open peoples eyes to the world of black injustice, black slavery and white privilege is incredibly smart and super engaging. And now we see the horror genre used to tell stories of black lives more in popular cinema everyday; Nia DaCosta and Remi Weekes have been two of the pioneers with their films Candyman and His House respectively. But this rise in quality in the horror genre all seems to start with Jordan Peele's Get Out. Also, the twists and turns in this are delivered exceptionally.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

The dreamlike sequences in this are so vast and different from everything else. But the way Jordan Peele shoots eyes is just amazing. When Chris is sat in the chair, his eyes are so wide that you can feel the pain and destruction that his life has been burdened with.

MUSIC

Great juxtaposition of music to action in the opening sequence and the lyrical resonance of Childish Gambino's Redbone early on in the film did not go unnoticed. Michael Abels' score is terrific also, with the right amount of crescendo and a nuanced rhythmic pulse that you could only get from live instruments.

PERFORMANCE

Two words...Daniel Kaluuya.

I've thoroughly enjoyed putting myself through these scary, creepy and sometimes melodramatic horror flicks and feel my knowledge of the genre has greatly expanded. If you're looking for one of the five to watch this Halloween, my choice would be Scream. It has everything you want from a horror but does it all in such an innovative way. But for me, this 31st it'll be a rewatch of my absolute favourite Evil Dead II. Let's do this again next year!


Get Out is available to rent or buy


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