It's a good time to be a horror movie fan. While last decade's installments gave us an abundance of stale found footage films and torture porn, the past few years have been a bit of a renaissance for the genre. Between terrifying franchises like The Conjuring and high concept films like 10 Cloverfield Lane and Split, it seems that that the world of horror is constantly breaking new ground. Case in point: Jordan Peele's upcoming racially charged horror flick Get Out. The movie made a surprise midnight debut Monday night at the Sundance Film Festival, and the reception has been absolutely glowing.
Get Out screened for a few choice critics at Sundance, and the audience seemed to really enjoy the film. The reviews are exclusively positive; here are some choice examples.
The first review was by one of the more reliable sources in film history, RogerEbert.com. While Ebert passed away back in 2013, he created an institution for movie reviews that has lived on. The website applauded first time director Jordan Peele on his challenging and ambitious work in the film.
Thrillist Entertainment editor also tweeted out his positive thoughts on Get Out. He goes so far as to call the script brilliant, while also applauding Jordan Peele's mixture of horror and comedy in the film. Given Peele's strong background in the world of comedy, the laughs included in Get Out should come as a surprise to no one. It apparently gives the film moments of levity, temporarily relieving the audience of its tension.
Horror site Bloody Disgusting also praised the midnight screening of Get Out, giving it a near perfect review. Considering the fact that these are horror buffs who are presumably quite critical of newcomers, this speaks volume to the film's success.
Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey also had the privilege to see Get Out at its midnight premiere. Casey praised the effective nature of Jordan Peele's direction, while also praising the relevance of the film itself. Get Out largely focuses on a "liberal" white neighborhood that seems to indenture the few people of color in the town. Rather than focusing outward racists, the film's villains maintain that they're actually accepting and forward minded. With the country so divided, and racism being one of the hot button issues of the modern lexicon, it seems that a horror film like Get Out was released at the perfect time.
When combing through the world of Twitter, you'd be hard pressed to find any sort of negative reaction to Get Out. Take a look at more of the positive reception from audiences at the Sundance premiere.
It's clear that Get Out has gotten the attention of the film community. Now we only have to wait a few short weeks before we can see the movie for ourselves.
Get Out will arrive in theaters February 24th, 2017.