Have you ever watched a modern horror movie? Nowadays with our society is continually being desensitized within the genre of horror, meaning the industry needs to continually come out with new and unique ideas to keep the viewers engaged. Get Out is a great example of a modern horror that tackles an unfamiliar perspective on horror. The film uses an array of storytelling techniques while tackling racism issues in our society today.
Talk about societal issues brought up in the movie.
talk about the feeling of isolation, false sense of trust, horrifying, mental complexity piece to it.
Storytelling through a situation a lot of people can connect with, meeting the parents
Podcast references Trevon Martin: connection to today’s issues
having the audience see what it’s like
“The fear that a black man has in a white suburb is real” Jordan Peele
“Anyone can relate to the fear of meeting your future inlaws for the first time” adding race into the mix adds a whole other factor…
The parents seem like they don’t care about the colour of the boyfriend’s skin which is almost weirder for the character as he is expecting them to not be that welcoming in today’s society.
All the white people want to have some sort of connects to him at the family reunion. form of true cliches “hey can I touch your hair”
“About the African American experience, it’s about the feelings about being an outsider, the feeling about being the other”
“big problems when talking about race is the us vs them, their racist I’m not”
“We all have issues to deal with in regards to race internally, its part of being a human being”
urge to prejudge
it’s how we as individuals chose to deak with our internal racism is our only way out
“The horror movies that stick with us are the ones that offer a unique twist on the character’s perspectives of the horror”
Unfamiliar perspective on horror
Inspiration from guess who is coming for dinner
Situation that is universal
Beginning with a story that everyone can have some relation to and have empathy, then going into specifics which makes the story interesting
Uses the specifics of the protagonist to unlock new story telling techniques
Unique method of building tension
dangerous place is which white people
Tension continuous build throughout the weekend at the parents house
Real life racial tensions are used to help build the suspense of the story
Uneasiness is complex
Interactions with other black people are unsettling
The method of building tension has never been used in a horror film previous to this movie.
unique way of establishing trust
Awareness takes away a little bit of the uncomfortableness
Blind man is an “apparent ally to Chris” seems to address and understand that people are focusing of colour, these people are ignorant.
Trust is misplaced during auctions scene
Rose is bringing Chris into harm’s way, but as viewers, we want to trust her because for the majority of the film she doesn’t seem to be in on what the family is doing. She is also empathizing with Chris’ experience. Rose is aware of how her family is treating Chris, a sense of trust when she seems to convey that her father never treats her boyfriends the way he treated Chris.
“Continued weakness” Jordan Peele
She is more annoyed about the situation than he is which makes it so she wins his trust and the viewers’ trust as well.
A feeling that they shouldn’t make the one last ”good white person” in this scenario evil, but they did.
Everything seems lost in the final scene of the film
Feeling of isolation
No one around to save him or help
A friend back home is right all along about the white family
This area is not used to seeing black people so if something were to go wrong that it probably would go in favour of Chris
Moments when we don’t want the police to arrive, which happens at the end but it ends up being his friend, Rob.
Implications of the situation, police brutality in present-day towards black people
Brings a new perspective to a genre
Struggles can emphasize with everyone,
- What is the horror of the film? In other words, what is the actual fear created for the viewer and what creates that fear? Why is that so terrifying?
- What is the motivation for the killings? Is there more behind them than the film directly explains? How and why?
- What style is used for the filmmaking and the storytelling? What techniques are used? What is the effect?
- Do some quick research about the historical context of the film. How does the historical context help with understanding of the film? For example, if the film was created in the ‘60s are there events in the film that uniquely reflect some of the events of that time or issues of concern of the time? If yes, then how?
- Find at least one article about the film online. Use the article to support your own opinions, or use it to present an alternative perspective. How did the article help with your interpretation of the film? NOTE: This should NOT be based on a film review, but rather an interpretative article.
- Compare the film to Frankenstein. What aspects can you see that are similar? What are some differences? Focus on the concept of horror.