2016 has been a bit of a mixed back in regards to movies. While there were undeniable hits, we were also introduced to a ton of highly anticipated blockbusters that fizzled once they finally hit theaters. But there is one genre that has been killing it (pun intended) in 2016: horror. This year has brought a ton of great horror sequels to the big screen, while we were also introduced to some new franchises that scared the ever living crap out of us. And with the year quickly coming to a close, the question ahead is: will 2017 be able to deliver as many scares? Early signs are pointing to yes.
Comedian and actor Jordan Peele is stepping into the world of horror with the upcoming film Get Out, and it looks absolutely horrifying. Check out the trailer below, preferably with the lights on.
In just two and a half minutes, I'm thoroughly creeped out and jumped more than once. If that's not the makings of a solid horror movie then I don't know what is.
Get Out, while scary AF, seems thoroughly planted in reality and may even put a spotlight on real life issues plaguing our society.
In the above trailer we are shown a young biracial couple named Rose and Chris. The two are traveling to Rose's family estate for the weekend, which will be the first time Chris meets her parents. But once they're in the town it's clear that things are awry, as racism is palpable everywhere that he goes. It is eventually revealed that quite a few black people have gone missing in the town, and gets even creepier when the few African Americans in town display bizarre and irrational behavior when Chris attempts to connect with them. From there, the trailer utilizes a ton of quick shots to tease us with jump scares, violence, and possibly hints of a supernatural element- leaving most of Get Out's plot a mystery.
Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele, who is best known for his comedy work. Audiences will recognize him from Comedy Central's sketch comedy series Key & Peele, as well as the duo's role in the first season of FX's anthology drama Fargo. Peele's foray into the world of horror will surely take many by surprise, but any trepidation will likely be squashed when they feast their eyes on this crazypants trailer.
In addition to the many jumpscares and scary imagery used in the above trailer, Get Out will also get people's attention with the impressive cast which Jordan Peele has assembled. Rose will be played by Girls and Peter Pan Live! actress Allison Williams. That spooky family is rounded out by Catherine Keener (40 Year Old Virgin, Capote) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Billy Madison). The cast also features relative newcomer Daniel Kaluuya, comedian Lil Rey Howery, and X-Men: First Class actor Caleb Landry Jones.
Overall, I can't wait until Get Out hits theaters. In addition to looking scary and unpredictable, it seems like Jordan Peele is bringing institutionalized racism and discrimination into the forefront of the narrative. I already have a few theories for how the movie will go down, but if the trailer is any indication then it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Get Out fill hit theaters on February 24th, 2017.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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