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Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy's stand-up film Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983). Murphy jokes about horror films, including Poltergeist (1982) and The Amityville Horror (1979), and asks why white people don't just leave when there's a ghost in the house. Murphy jokes that as he was showing his wife around a beautiful house, if he heard a ghost whisper "GET OUT!", he would immediately tell her, "Too bad we can't stay, baby!" Peele repeats Murphy's joke on the DVD commentary.
Get Out (2017) was filmed in 28 days.
Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.
The song playing in the beginning of the film, when Chris is packing for the weekend, is "Redbone" by Donald Glover. Director Jordan Peele wanted that song because of its lyrics, including, "stay woke" and "don't close your eyes."
The main theme, "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga," is sung in Swahili with the exception of the English word "brother," a word which composer Michael Abels felt has a special, universal meaning among black people that did not need translation. According to Abels, the voices in the song represent the souls of black slaves and lynching victims trying to warn Chris to get away. The translation of the lyrics is, "Brother, run! Listen to the elders. Listen to the truth. Run away! Save yourself."
The original score was created entirely by orchestral composer Michael Abels, who had never worked on a film before, but who specializes in traditional concert music with influences from blues, jazz and African music. Director Jordan Peele found one of Abels' orchestral compositions, "Urban Legends," on YouTube and decided that "this guy could terrorize some people in this movie."
Eddie Murphy was originally chosen to play Chris, but Jordan Peele changed his mind after it was decided he was too old for the role.
Regarding the meaning of The Sunken Place, creator/director Jordan Peele said, "The Sunken Place means we're marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us."
Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.
Chance the Rapper was so impressed by the movie that he bought all of the movie tickets from Chicago movie theaters just so people could go see the film for free. In one of his tweets talking about the film, he says, "Just pull up with an ID and enjoy the movie."
Due to the success of this film, Jordan Peele is the first African-American writer and director to earn more than $100 million in a debut film.
Stayed in the U.S. box office Top 10 for its first two months of release.
Jordan Peele cited the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing-directing debut, because the film had an African American protagonist.
Jordan Peele said in an interview that Allison Williams reminded him of "someone you knew and had a crush on when you met them at summer camp", and he thought this was a great quality for the kind of character Rose Armitage really is.
In an interview with Jason Guerrasio, Jordan Peele said that the decision to film the movie in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama, came at the very last minute, and was necessitated by budget cuts. "We were going to shoot this movie here in Los Angeles until about a month before we were set to shoot, and then I got a call saying we had to figure out someplace else for tax reasons. [It was a] gigantic curveball, and a real lesson that sometimes blessings come in strange packages. Because I think the movie is what it's meant to be. I think it might be a better movie than we would've done in here in LA. Also just a big lesson that you can get past the insurmountable."
Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.
Yasuhiko Oyama, who plays Hiroki Tanaka, the Japanese man at the garden party, is not an actor but is a noted karate master. As the casting call for secondary characters was local, Peele had trouble finding an older Japanese actor near Alabama. Oyama is actually the father-in-law of Peele's friend Ken Marino and lives in Birmingham.
In mid October 2017, director Jordan Peele surprised students at a UCLA class called "Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic", a course created after the success and popularity of this film. With the help of UCLA College Professor Tananarive Due, he secretly sat in the very last row as class was in session. That is until Rue asked the question, "What do you think the director was trying to say about the coveting of black bodies?" to which Peele raises his hand much to the surprise and joy of the class once they've recognized him. The students gave him thunderous applause and a standing ovation as he went to the front of the class and ended up teaching the students. The moment was briefly captured and shared on Twitter.
The stark black & white cinematic poster showing a cropped close up of the protagonists eyes is an inverted reference to the poster of French film La Haine (1995). Both films offer contemporary examinations of cultural appropriation, marginalisation and racism.
LilRel Howery, who played Chris's best friend Rod, ad-libbed the majority of his funny lines.
At a Vanity Fair screening of the film writer/director Jordan Peele explained that he wrote the screenplay during the first term of President Barack Obama, when racism was believed to be a thing of the past. He thought there wouldn't be much interest for his movie in such an optimistic climate, so he wrote it mainly for himself. But with the increasing discussion regarding violence against African-Americans and the coming of the Black Lives Matter movement in later years, he knew the time was right to make the movie.
Production schedule was set for 23 days in Fairhope, Alabama.
In the scenes where Chris and Rod are talking to each other on the phone, the actors were actually using the phone, but were talking to Jordan Peele instead.
According to director Jordan Peele, the massive amount of racist events and crimes under the Obama administration, which created the "post racial America" myth, has inspired him to write this film. He explains, "Being an African American, I have never seen my perspective in a horror film. [Get Out] has my worst fears realized as a black man in this country-from the evil white girl who's been lying to you to the lacrosse stick-those things are foreign to me."
Movie critic Armond White is the only known professional movie critic that gave this film a negative review, thus lowering its excellent Rotten Tomatoes rating from 100 percent to 99 percent. He claimed that it was produced for a liberal agenda and referred to it as a "get whitey" film. The critic is known to give rotten reviews to mainly revered films like Toy Story 3 (2010), which also had an excellent 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Director Jordan Peele has talked about ideas for a possible sequel.
The opening of the film is partially inspired by the opening of Halloween (1978), which Jordan Peele describes as a subversion of "the perfect white neighborhood".
Director Jordan Peele asserted that the scene where Walter is running at Chris and the audience at full speed is a nod towards the power of depth in films. He cites North by Northwest (1959) as an example of this technique, stating, "Somebody running at you or towards you just creates a visceral and physical reaction for the audience".
Director Jordan Peele has cited horror classics like Night of the Living Dead (1968), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Stepford Wives (1975) as inspirations for creating this film.
Though, they were only seen in one scene together, Daniel Kaluuya and LilRel Howery were nominated for Best Duo for the 2017 MTV Movie Awards.
The detective that Rodney visits is named Latasha Peele.
This is the second film in which Stephen Root plays a blind character, the first being O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
The iconic scene where Walter is sprinting towards Chris and then makes a sharp turn at last second has inspired the hilarious online challenge of people doing that very thing is called "The Get Out Challenge".
Slate reported that this movie was the "secret midnight screening" at the January 2017 Sundance Film Festival--even though "rumors had been circulating for days that the horror movie...was the festival's enticing TBA [to be announced selection], and Variety confirmed those rumors hours before the show."
Director Jordan Peele has said that the movie puts the audience in the Chris Washington, the main character's shoes. He states, "You are Chris when you watch this movie. The power of the story encourages empathy. It allows us to see through other people's lives."
Daniel Kaluuya states that after he returned home in London after the release of the film, a random black woman recognized him one day and hugged him.
The scenes in which TSA agent Rod Williams, friend of Chris Washington, is standing outside the airport were actually filmed outside a boat terminal, and they were the first scenes shot.
While Daniel Kaluuya was filming Black Panther (2018), he took part in the hilarious 'Get Out Challenge' onset. It involves co-stars Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and other cast members and crew members running toward him and taking sharp turns at the last minute. Kaluuya, in character, acts frightened and walks away as Donald Glover's song, "Redbone", plays. Nyong'o had posted the challenge on her Instagram account.
The music for the song during the abduction scene, "Run, Rabbit, Run" was written by British composer, Noel Gay, whose birth name was Reginald Armitage - a connection with the Armitage family.
Jordan Peele performed "The Get Out Challenge" during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when he's first introduced.
After the film's release, it garnered a critically high and extremely rare 100 percent fresh rating on the revered movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes. Though the rating has dropped to 99 percent, it still retains an extremely rare and high critical rating.
On the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Horror Movies list, extraordinarily, Get Out (2017) is ranked at the top due to the largest amount of positive film reviews and the film's growing prestige. This is interesting due to the film being released later than most of the films named on the list and being highly regarded. Other films on the list include Psycho (1960), Nosferatu (1922), Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Shining (1980), Frankenstein (1931), The Evil Dead (1981), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Carrie (1976), The Birds (1963), Let the Right One In (2008), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Raw (2017), Dracula (1931), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Halloween (1978), Suspiria (1977), Don't Breathe (2016), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), It Follows (2014), Freaks (1932), Don't Look Now (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Exorcist (1973), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Aliens (1986), Poltergeist (1982), The Witch (2016), It Comes at Night (2017), The Fly (1986), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Babadook (2014), The Omen (1976), Repulsion (1965), Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Days Later... (2002), Misery (1990), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Drag Me to Hell (2009), The Orphanage (2007), The Innocents (1961), Cat People (1942), It (2017), Near Dark (1987), The Conjuring (2013), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Wicker Man (1973), and Re-Animator (1985).
Director Todd McFarlane cited this film as one of his main inspirations for making the comic book reboot, Spawn (2019).
This film has inspired the creation of college courses about the film's racial themes and symbolism.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and several cast members of Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) were treated to a private screening of this film in London where they were filming the Jurassic Park (1993) 2018 sequel, and this film was yet to be released there. Pratt had documented the event on his Instagram account and has shown praise toward Jordan Peele.
Get Out (2017) is the second film released by Blumhouse Productions in 2017 to become a profitable box office hit. The film was released on February 24th, 2017 and made over $34 million in its opening weekend on a $4.5 million budget. The first Blumhouse produced film released in 2017 was Split (2016), which originally premiered at film festivals in late 2016 and was officially released theatrically on January 20th, 2017. The film earned $40 million in its opening weekend on a $9 million budget. And the third Blumhouse produced film released is Happy Death Day (2017) which was released on October 13th, 2017. The film made $26 million on its opening weekend on a budget of $4.8 million.
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Get Out (2017) became the most profitable horror film of 2017. However, Annabelle: Creation (2017) dethroned it a few months later. However, another surprise horror hit, It (2017), dethroned that film in just a month.
The cast and crew of Stranger Things (2016) have stated that the film is their favorite horror film released in 2017.
The scene where Chris is tied down, director Jordan Peele originally wanted to use the song, "You've Got A Friend" by James Arnold Taylor, which was supposed to be played on repeat. But he couldn't use the song due to not being able to afford it. Instead, Peele written the scene to where Chris is forced to watch a sales pitch video.
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This is the second time actors Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Root worked together in a film centered on the theme of racism. The first film was Selma (2014).
Universal Pictures officially launched their Academy Awards campaign for Get Out (2017) eight months after the film's theatrical release.
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A few weeks after the film's release, due to the surprising critical and box office success, there have been talk about the film possibly getting Oscar nominations. This is unusual and unique due to Oscar talk and nominations normally happening around the fall and winter seasons instead of the spring season.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization of Hollywood journalists and photographers that conducts the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, had stirred up controversy when they stated in a press release that Get Out (2017) would be eligible for Golden Globe consideration in the Best Comedy or Musical categories, rather than the Best Drama categories. Many have stated that the film, despite having moments of comedy, is more of a satire and overall serious in terms of the atmosphere. Director Jordan Peele responded by sharing his message on Twitter, "'Get Out' is a documentary".
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Director Jordan Peele used The Silence of the Lambs (1991) for inspiration on shooting the hypnosis scenes between Chris and Missy. The face-offs between Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, filmed in tight close-ups in which the characters look directly at the camera, informed Peele's style in these scenes.
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Second collaboration between Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. They previously worked together in An American Crime (2007).
Blumhouse Productions founder and the film's producer Jason Blum has expressed hope that the film would get Academy Award recognition.
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Stephen Root also plays a blind character the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). His role of a radio station operator who records the Soggy Bottom Boys is credited only as "radio station man."
Both Betty Gabriel and Lakeith Stanfield are part of The Purge film series. Gabriel appeared in The Purge: Election Year (2016) and Stanfield appeared in The Purge: Anarchy (2014).
Caleb Landry Jones and Stephen Root appeared together 10 years earlier in No Country for Old Men (2007).

Cameo 

Jordan Peele: The voice which says, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".

Director Trademark 

Jordan Peele: [TSA] Rod Williams, a TSA agent, is a highly sympathetic character. Jordan Peele has said he has general affection for TSA screeners and doesn't just see them as annoyances at the airport, and several Key and Peele (2012) skits centered around TSA agents in various settings.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Rose wasn't actually sticking up for Chris when she argued with the police officer about showing ID. She's avoiding a paper trail. Had the cop run both their licenses, there would be a record that Chris and Rose were together before his eventual disappearance.
When Jordan Peele first wrote the script he envisioned a more downbeat ending, with Chris getting arrested for murdering Rose and her family. By the time he actually got to make the film, however, he felt that the audience had earned the right to a happier ending, in light of various real-life controversies involving police violence against African-American people.
Walter (who is really Dean's father, Roman Armitage), never got over his loss to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, and that is why he continues to run. Director Jordan Peele confirmed during the DVD commentary that Walter/Roman would usually run at night trying to improve his time, especially when he charged right towards Chris before making a hard turn right to not give away the jig just yet. Peele even thought about adding another dialogue for Walter/Roman. Near the end of the film when Roman in Walter's body catches Chris, pinned him to the ground, and hovered over him to crush his head in, Walter/Roman was going to say "I finally beat you, Jesse!" before bursting into a traditional evil laugh. Peele decided not to add it in the film, because he felt it would be "too over-the-top".
Georgina was probably fixing her bangs in the reflection of the window so her surgery scars wouldn't be visible. It's the same reason Walter and Andre are never seen without a hat.
Missy, Rose's mom, isn't actually upset about Chris's smoking because he is doing it near her daughter (i.e. her daughter's health). It's because it will make his body less viable/desirable for the new host.
Keegan-Michael Key: Jordan Peele's comedy partner portrays one of the "Top NCAA Prospects" that Rose researches online.
After Rose and Chris hit the deer, Chris goes to see if it's okay. Three things are happening here: 1) It's the first introduction of the hit-and-run theme. 2) Chris shows sympathy; Rose does not. Chris is clearly shocked by the accident because of his childhood trauma. 3.) It's the first use of foreshadowing in unraveling Rose's true character, as she doesn't show sympathy for the deer, nor did she walk with Chris to look at the door or even try to talk him out of looking at the corpse, as she stayed behind at the car.
On the tour, Dean remarks, "We hired Georgina and Walter to help care for my parents. When they died, I couldn't bear to let them go." There's a pronoun antecedent slip here, and it's on purpose. He couldn't bear to let "them" - as in his parents, not Georgina and Walter - go.
The last name "Armitage" is an homage to the 20th-century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft: It's the last name of a protagonist in Lovecraft's story The Dunwich Horror. Though the Armitage family is villainous in this movie, the use of the name reflects this movie's homage to elements in Lovecraft's stories: decadent New England families with ties to the occult or secret societies, transmigration of souls from one body to another, altered states of reality, and so on. Lovecraft was also notoriously racist against black people.
Missy, quite literally, controls her subjects with a silver spoon - synonymous with privilege.
After the family dinner where Jeremy is trying to practice martial arts with Chris, Rose comments that Jeremy was about to put him in a headlock. Later it is revealed that it was Jeremy in the opening scene abducting Andre with a headlock.
When Dean shows Chris the kitchen for the first time, he mentions that it was his mother's favorite room of the house and tells him, "We like to keep a piece of her in the house." This is also the first time he meets Georgina. Rose then later refers to Georgina as "Grandma" in the scene where Georgina is struck by the car being driven by Chris.
At the end of the movie, Rose is left to die in a similar fashion to the way Chris' mother did - lying on/near the road all alone.
Before the auction, the man who was a professional golfer asks to see Chris' form. He does this because he is deciding whether or not to bid on Chris. This is the same reason the wife of a dying man (with oxygen tank) asks if the sex is better with a black man.
During a talk after this movie's January 2017 Sundance Film Festival screening, director Jordan Peele said that he first got the idea during 2008 Democratic primary discussions about whether an African American or a woman was more deserving of the presidency. He then went on to explain that from that seed of an idea, he further conceived the movie as a twist on the 1975 movie The Stepford Wives (1975), in which suburban husbands replace their rebellious wives with compliant robots.
Chris has a print on his kitchen wall of a white girl wearing a black mask. It foreshadows the theme of white people wanting "the African-American experience", and so do the house guests wearing black and driving black cars. The abductor is a white man in a black mask kidnapping black men in a white car.
Director Jordan Peele provided the voice on the TV saying "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", which is heard repeatedly in the trailer and once in the film itself. This statement is the slogan for the United Negro College Fund, a charity dedicated to making college education more affordable for black students. It has an ironic double meaning in the context of the film, as the Armitages preserve the minds of their clients in young and capable hosts, so as not to "waste" them.
During the DVD commentary, director Jordan Peele explained that he had created a large backstory for the Armitages' group of friends. They belong to an ancient secret society descended from the Knights Templar, who are associated with the Holy Grail in popular culture. For centuries, they had been trying to seeking eternal life promised by the Holy Grail, and finally achieved it with the Coagula procedure. This also explains the significance of the knight's helmet Jeremy has in the opening scene where he abducts Andre.
Dean has a lot to say about how little he cares for deer and bucks. "Black buck" was a racist slur in post-Reconstruction America for black men who refused to bow to white authority.
Peele said that the only scene Daniel Kaluuya struggled with was the one by the lake where Chris and Rose stop to talk, which they were under pressure to film quickly because the sun was going down. Kaluuya couldn't understand the character's motivations in not just immediately leaving without her and running for his life, after everything he had experienced and Andre had screamed at him to get out. Peele explained that Allison had become like family to Chris, who was still haunted by guilt over his mother's death, and he needed to prove to himself and her that he was not a man who would abandon his family. Kaluuya then was able to nail the scene.
When it was announced that a more downbeat alternate ending had been filmed but then saved for the DVD release because Jordan Peele wanted the more uplifting theatrical ending (where Chris' TSA friend shows up, rescues him, and leaves Rose to bleed to death), fans and critics assumed that the alternate ending had Chris being shot and killed by racist cops who assumed he had just murdered the Armitage family, while Rose survives and smiles evilly at the thought that she will be "rescued" by the police and continue her racist activities. In fact, the alternate ending does have cops show up instead of Rod and has Rose give an ambiguous look that hints she is confident about surviving, but the cops simply arrest Chris and bring him without incident to the station. Rod does show up after that, and goes to speak to Chris, but the effects of Chris' hypnosis by Missy Armitage mean he is unable to recount specifics of what happened to him. Rod then sadly admits he doesn't have any facts to help his friend, but Chris says that he stopped the Armitages from ever committing their evil deeds again. They part somberly as Chris is taken back to his holding cell, with both men realizing that Chris is probably doomed to a life sentence in prison.
The old home video explaining the Coagula procedure that Chris watches while restrained in the basement was not originally in the script. Jordan Peele had planned for Chris to be forced to listen to the James Taylor song "You've Got a Friend" over and over, but Peele discovered his budget would not stretch far enough for the rights to the song. Peele later said it came out much better with the video, and that it reminded him of the old explanatory "Dharma Initiative" videos from the television series Lost (2004) and also the scene from The Matrix (1999) where Morpheus tells Neo very directly what the truth really is. As Peele later said of his decision to switch to the video, "You just get this sense [watching them] that 'Oh, My God," there's this produced thing, it goes so deep, we're just at the tip of the iceberg."
The song that plays in Jeremy's white car while Andre is abducted, and again when Chris flees at the end, is the 1939 British song "Run Rabbit Run," performed by the duo Flanagan and Allen. The song was popular during the Second World War, and even more so when Flanagan and Allen changed the lyrics to "Run Adolf, Run" to mock the Nazis.
Slavery references : The "bingo game" has some pretty overt shared imagery with slave auctions. As do these leather binds in the chair. When Chris rips the stuffing out of the leather chair, he's literally being forced to "pick cotton."That actually looks like polyester fiber and not cotton fibers.
Dean tells Chris all about his disdain for deer, after finding out about the road accident. Later on he is killed by Chris using the mounted deer's head.
Jordan Peele directed Allison Williams to think of her role as two completely separate characters: "Rose," Chris's fun and loyal girlfriend, and "RoRo," the cruel and heartless sociopath. He said he was most concerned with her ability to play both at the same time in the scene when she is on the phone with Rod, in which she has RoRo's face and mannerisms while sounding like Rose.
When Chris escapes from the Armitage mansion in the white car, he sees a medieval helmet sitting on the passenger seat. There is also a shot in the trailer that was not used in the film, showing a person wearing the helmet sitting in the driver's seat, holding a modern gun. The same person can also be seen on the movie's official poster. It is hinted that this person is Jeremy Armitage who was also the man abducting Andre in the opening scene. The car that Chris takes to escape is presumably Jeremy's, in which Andre was abducted.
When Chris starts to suspect things are going south and is standing in the bedroom talking to Georgina, over his shoulder there's a part of a poster on the wall visible, making up the words "Chris is dead".
Chris' cell phone camera gives him his first insight into the mystery of Logan's strange behavior. Cell phone footage has been instrumental in shedding light on police brutality cases in America in recent years. And during the finale, when Chris sees police lights on the dark road, he immediately puts his hands up, despite being the one in danger.
Chris apologizes to Georgina after she explains why she unplugged his cell phone. He tells her he didn't mean to "snitch" on her. Georgina doesn't seem to understand. He then uses the term "rat out", but she still doesn't understand. She asks if he means "tattletale". Later, the reason for this is clear. Since Georgina is actually Rose's grandmother, she probably wouldn't understand the more current slang words, and only the conventional term "tattletale".
Rose's parents both have first names that are also words denoting positions of power over others. Rose's father, Dean, shares his first name with the word meaning both "the head of a division or grouping of departments in a university" and "a supervisor of a diocese or other regional unit in church hierarchies." "Missy" is an abbreviation of the term "Mistress," as in a white slave-owning woman married to a man who owned a plantation during the antebellum period in the Southern United States.
The music playing during the surgical transplantation procedure is a Requiem, identifiable by the Latin Tuba mirum text. Assuming this is part of the score since no source material is credited, it is fitting since both individuals can be said to die: the body of one and the mind of the other.
In the opening scene with Chris and Rose together, there are two foreshadowing elements. The first time Chris is shown, he is rubbing shaving cream all over his face ("white face"). Rose jokes that her father is not going to meet him in their driveway with a shotgun. In the final scenes, Rose is the one in the driveway with the rifle trying to kill Chris.
Early in the movie, there are several times when Dean calls Chris "my man" (apparently in an uncool white dad attempt to relate to him as a black person). However, once the movie's twist and the Armitages' true motives are revealed, Dean's use of the term "my man" takes on a sinister double meaning: Dean actually intends to take possession of Chris's body and brain in a modern-day form of surgical slavery--he wants to own Chris and make him become, literally, "his man."
The image of Rose eating the Froot Loops cereal and drinking milk separately can be seen as a metaphor for never mixing nonwhite and white things. Also, "Froot Loops" is slang for a crazy person.
While Chris is forced to watch the TV, the video keeps repeating "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," which was a slogan for the United Negro College Fund.
When Dean introduces Chris to the house he negatively speaks about the black mold in the basement, clearly a metaphor for black people.
Body Count: 7
The knight's helmet seen in the white car has some overlapping language with the "White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan." - known for being the most violent chapter of the KKK.
Rod crosses off magic as a possiblilty right before he calls Rose to find out where Chris is.
Chris and Rod are shown speaking to each other on the phone throughout the film. The only time that they're physically in the same scene together is at the very end, when Rod finds and rescues Chris. This signifies a strong friendship between the two and, in the spirit of the film's racial themes, black unity and empowerment.
Second film starring Catherine Keener after Being John Malkovich (1999) where people inhabit the body of someone else leaving the person trapped with no control.
After Rose and Chris hit a deer with their car, Chris takes a long, empathetic look at the wounded deer. He's literally looking at what was a 'deer in the headlights'. Later when Chris awakens bound to a chair, he is now facing a deer's head that has been mounted on the wall in front of him.
Everyone at the party is dressed in mostly black, dark gray or white, with many, including Rose, wearing some form of red. However, both Chris (his shirt) and Andre (on his hat) are wearing blue. The theme could signify a simple "us vs. them" motif or maybe it speaks to a caricature of American political parties.
The Sunken Place" can be seen as a metaphor for the paralysis people of color feel in racial America.
When Rose and Chris first approach the Armitage house, they see Walter standing on the side of the driveway and Rose says, "that's the groundskeeper." However, she slurs the word "grounds" slightly so the word sounds more like "grands-keeper"--appropriate, because Walter and Georgina actually are vessels for "keeping" Rose's "grands"--her grandfather and grandmother--alive inside stolen bodies. Dean even tells Chris, "We like to keep a piece of her [Rose's grandmother] in the house."
A poster in Rose's room has the phrase "Death Cheetah vs. Matter." This could symbolize the Armitages' goal to cheat death pitted against Chris' ability to outsmart them with his wit (brain matter).
Once Chris has been officially "captured" and sent into the "sunken place" there is a cut to Rod outside an airport trying to contact him. In the background there is a flight announcement for "Flight 2-3-7". This could be a nod to The Shining (the movie not the novel) which features Room 237 as the most malevolent room at The Overlook Hotel. The Shining could also have been a source of inspiration as it too deals metaphorically with violence and prejudice in American history.
The little speech Dean gives to Chris about Walter and Georgina, specifically how he says "they've been with us forever, and we couldn't bear to see them go", is a lie because Dean is not speaking about them but about his racist parents. The Coagula procedure was created so that Dean's parents could literally remain with them forever, by inhabiting the bodies of their servants via the Sunken Place.
Body Count: 8
  • Deer (Hit by car);
  • Dean Armitage (Impaled by a taxidermy deer's antlers);
  • Jim Hudson (Heavily implied that he died via the flames inside the medical room);
  • Missy Armitage (Stabbed in her brain);
  • Jeremy Armitage (Face stomped in);
  • Marianne Armitage "Grandma" / Georgina (Head trauma from car crash);
  • Roman Armitage "Grandpa" / Walter (Suicide via hunting rifle bullet);
  • Rose Armitage (Left on side of road, bleeding from bullet wound)
Jim, the blind man, wants Chris for his eyes. In the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville (2009), Daniel Kaluuya played the character of Tealeaf who looked after a blind man, effectively being his eyes.
During the "get-together" all party guests are dressed in black, formal clothing. The bingo seats are arranged in rows with an aisle separating them and Chris' face is displayed in a large frame - all of which are perhaps in reference to funerals lending to the films theme of life, death and rebirth.
Rose eating the Froot Loops cereal and drinking milk separately is not only a metaphor of her mindset in separating colored things and white things, but it is also her last meal several moments before she is shot and killed, due to her and her family's underestimation of Chris. This shows that Rose was caught up in her delusional mindset of white superiority while searching for her next black victim and eating a representation of her mindset without a care in the world, not even realizing that the type of food she was eating is her final meal in life. All of which is set to the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, that Jordan Peele used to illustrate more of Rose's character and also to foreshadow her death.
The opening scene grows tense as Andre is followed by Jeremy Armitage's white Porsche. The color of the car is very intentional, of course, and Jordan Peele said that the image of Jeremy's car stalking Andre is a tribute to Duel (1971), Jaws (1975), and Christine (1983) in signifying danger.
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At the beginning of the movie, Jeremy is seen wearing a knight's helmet. The helmet is also seen later in the movie when Chris is in Jeremy's car. Jordan Peele explained that the helmet is representative of the family's connection the the ancient Knight's Templar. The family, as well as the various Caucasian guests that attend the party are all members of an order which had broken away from the Knight's Templar and has spent centuries perfecting the Coagula Procedure in an effort to gain immortality. The Knight's Templar were a powerful group of Knights tasked with the protection of Christian pilgrims. Their power and influence grew, but political competition ultimately caused their sudden elimination, and their influence had quickly transitioned into irrelevance. Because the initiation of the order was secretive and because it surprises so many over the ages that the order was eliminated so quickly, speculation, legends, and fictions have been created down the ages, lending way for Peele's conception of a mysterious ancient order with a connection to history.
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