Two years ago, Jordan Peele told Playboy that his goal, even beyond comedy, “in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies.” He gave a brief description (and a title: Get Out) for a film he was working on.
I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies
You might have read that and assumed that it would be a horror-comedy, and also maybe assumed that Peele himself would be starring in it, since both of those fit with what we know of his work. Holy shit, were we wrong.
The movie looks to be a Stepford Wives-meets-Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner concept, with Daniel Kaluuya playing a man on his way to meet his girlfriend’s (played the whitest of all Marnies, Allison Williams) parents. The community he enters, though, isn’t just monochromatic, it’s aggressively sinister. And legitimately terrifying.
It clearly isn’t a comedy, but it does look to have a satirical self-awareness that keeps the tone light enough to make the drop into horror truly petrifying. February, why do you have to be so far away?