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Jordan Peele said the title is also a reference to what he often hears black audiences shout at the screen while watching horror films: Yelling at a character to "Get out!" In this movie Rod and Andre both say it to Chris.
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Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. Writer, co-producer, and director 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.
When writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele was asked if Universal Pictures wanted him to do a sequel to this film, he stated, "Of course they have. It was the first thing they said, 'Let's do a sequel.'" He goes on to say, "Honestly, I'm open to it. I love the project, but I won't do a sequel just for some kind of cash grab. If it's right, if it feels good, and I feel like I can beat the original, I'll do it."
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Chance the Rapper was so impressed by the movie that he bought all of the movie tickets from certain 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 became the first African-American writer, producer, and director to earn more than $100 million in a debut film.
Lil Rel Howery stated that real-life TSA agents constantly recognize him since the film's release.
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This movie was filmed in twenty-three days.
The opening of the film is partially inspired by the opening of Halloween (1978), which Jordan Peele described as a subversion of "the perfect white neighborhood."
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Writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy's stand-up film Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983). Murphy joked about horror films, including Poltergeist (1982) and The Amityville Horror (1979), and asked why white people do not leave when there is a ghost in the house. Murphy joked that if a Black man being shown around a beautiful house heard a ghost whisper "get out," he would immediately tell his wife "too bad we can't stay, baby!" Peele repeated Murphy's joke on the DVD commentary of this film.
The main theme, "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga", was sung in Swahili with the exception of the English word "brother", a word which composer Michael Abels felt had 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."
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The song playing in the beginning of the film when Chris is packing for the weekend is "Redbone" by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele wanted that song because of its lyrics, including "stay woke" and "don't close your eyes."
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Jordan Peele said in an interview that Allison Williams reminded him of "someone you knew and had a crush on when you met her at summer camp", and he thought this was a great quality for the kind of character Rose Armitage really is.
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Director Jordan Peele asserted that the scene where Walter (Marcus Henderson) is running at Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and the audience at full speed is a nod toward the power of depth in films. He cited 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."
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Lil Rel Howery (Chris' best friend Rod) ad-libbed the majority of his funny lines.
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Daniel Kaluuya has said that he can relate to the party scene. He states, "That party scene was just like, 'Oh, I've been in that party. I'm going to that party. Like, that kind of racism that isn't seen as racism, that isn't seen as, kind of like, mainstream racism. It's just life, and to explore that is quite an uncomfortable conversation, and Jordan just spoke his truth. He cinematically articulated an experience that millions of people go through and they are made to feel crazy for going through that. But he just said, 'No, actually, you're not crazy.'"
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The original score was created entirely by 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. Jordan Peele found one of Abels' orchestral compositions, "Urban Legends", on YouTube and decided that "this guy could terrorize some people in this movie."
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When writing the screenplay, Jordan Peele took a lot of inspiration in style and tone from the British TV series Psychoville (2009). Which starred his leading man, Daniel Kaluuya.
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In an interview with Bradley Whitford on National Public Radio's show "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!", Whitford explained that Jordan Peele wanted him for the role of Dean Armitage because of his prior role as Josh Lyman from The West Wing (1999). Whitford said that Peele wanted all of the Armitage family members to have a distinct "white liberal feel" to them.
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In mid-October 2017, 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 Tananarive Due, a college professor at UCLA, Peele secretly sat in the last row as class was in session. Professor Due asked the question, "What do you think the director was trying to say about the coveting of black bodies?" to which Peele raised his hand, much to the surprise and joy of the class once they recognized him. The students gave him thunderous applause and a standing ovation as he went to the front of the class, and Peele ended up teaching the students. The moment was briefly captured and shared on Twitter.
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When Jordan Peele was writing the scene where Chris is under hypnosis the first time, he ended up crying. He states, "There was a point in the process where I got to something that was very vulnerable. The fun evolved into tears. I mean, when I was writing about Chris in the hypnosis and The Sunken Place, I ended that day crying, and it was a cathartic thing. I wouldn't describe it as fun."
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Jordan Peele made the sound when the deer gets hit by the car.
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In an interview with Jason Guerrasio, Jordan Peele said that the decision to film the movie in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama came at the last minute, and it 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 if we had done it here in Los Angeles. Also, just a big lesson that you can get past the insurmountable."
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Yasuhiko Oyama, who plays Hiroki Tanaka (the Japanese man at the garden party), is not an actor, but a noted karate master. The casting call for secondary characters was local, and Peele had trouble finding an older Japanese actor near Mobile, Alabama. Oyama lives in Birmingham, Alabama (about four hours north of Mobile), where he runs the World Oyama Karate Organization, and is the father-in-law of Peele's friend Ken Marino.
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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 writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele instead.
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Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.
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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.
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Regarding the meaning of The Sunken Place, Jordan Peele said, "The Sunken Place means we're marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us."
Around Christmas 2017, on Twitter, a user asked director Jordan Peele if the film was a Christmas movie to which Peele jokingly tweeted back, "Let's see...there's a man with a white beard, multiple deer, a fireplace, a bunch of snowflakes, and a guy named Chris goes down a dark hole! I'd say go for it!"
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This film stayed in the U.S. box-office Top 10 for its first two months of release.
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Known mainly for his comedic career, writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele's turn for the horror genre had surprised many people. He proclaimed, "The reason I made it a horror film is that it's my favorite genre." He went on to state, "I actually started wanting to make a horror thriller, and in asking myself what that would look like, eventually I got to what 'Get Out' is, which is, in many ways, my greatest fears on film."
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The film joins the handful of horror films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture such as The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Black Swan (2010).
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In light of the film receiving four major Oscar nominations, Lil Rel Howery revealed in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that he wasn't invited to the Oscars, citing that he wasn't important enough. Jimmy Kimmel, who was also hosting the ceremony, stated that he was going to get him into the ceremony. Howery stated, "We called and they were looking for my ticket and they're like, 'Uh, you're not in the first group. The first tickets they give out, I'm not on that list!" Kimmel responded saying, "Listen, I'll get you in, don't worry. I'm the host of it. You had a big part in that movie. It's not like you had a little scene."
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For the Sunken Place sequences, a mixture of practical effects and CGI were used. Daniel Kaluuya was attached to wires and floating in front of a black background.
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At a Vanity Fair screening of the film, Jordan Peele explained that he wrote the screenplay during the first term of former President Barack Obama, when racism was believed to be a thing of the past. He thought there would not be much interest for his movie in such an optimistic climate, so he wrote it mainly for himself. 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.
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Jordan Peele said that the movie puts the audience in the shoes of Chris Washington, the main character. He stated, "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."
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Director Jordan Peele said after he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay that he wrote more than 200 drafts for the film before coming up with the script that was used for the final production.
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Jordan Peele cited Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing and directing debut, because the film had an African-American protagonist.
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Jordan Peele was the fourth black writer to be nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. The previous nominees were: Suzanne De Passe (for Lady Sings the Blues (1972)), Spike Lee (for Do the Right Thing (1989)), and John Singleton (for Boyz n the Hood (1991)). Peele was the first-ever black winner of an Oscar for best original screenplay.
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In a 2019 interview with GQ Magazine, Bradley Whitford stated that he initially thought that the "By the way, I would've voted for Obama for a third term if I could." line in this film was sincere and not a joke as intended by director Jordan Peele.
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Despite winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, much of the film was improvised.
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Jordan Peele has stated, "I wrote 'Get Out' not necessarily as something to get made. I wrote it more as something that would be fun to write and something that would help me get better as an artist. So there was no deadline I was giving myself. Now that I know that this kind of movie works, I can give it more purpose. Like, I know that I can get it made, so let's move forward with that goal in mind, instead of it being this ongoing project that who know if anyone will ever see it."
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The stark black and white cinematic poster showing a cropped close-up of the protagonist's eyes is an inverted reference to the poster of La Haine (1995). Both films offer contemporary examinations of cultural appropriation, marginalization, and racism.
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Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.
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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 this movie 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. Jordan Peele responded by sharing his message on Twitter, "'Get Out' is a documentary".
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Following the continuing success of this film, Jordan Peele proclaims that he's retiring from acting to focus on directing. He jokes, "Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing."
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Due to its rare and impeccable rating score, the film was named the best-rated film of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes.
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2017 became the first year ever that the horror genre had reached $1 billion in ticket sales at the U.S. box office thanks to this film, It (2017), Split (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Jigsaw (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Happy Death Day (2017).
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While Daniel Kaluuya was filming Black Panther (2018), he took part in the "Get Out Challenge" on-set. It involved co-stars Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and other cast and crew members running toward him and taking sharp turns at the last minute. Kaluuya, in character, acted frightened and quickly walked away as Donald Glover's song, "Redbone", played. Nyong'o posted the challenge on her Instagram account.
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Although they were only seen in one scene together, Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery were nominated for Best Duo at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards.
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Daniel Kaluuya stated that after he returned home in London, England after the release of the film, a random black woman recognized him one day and hugged him.
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When asked about how the experience of the film and its tremendous success has changed how he approaches his career, Jordan Peele stated, "It just allows me to trust myself a little more. There was a long time where I felt like this was going to be something I would love, but I didn't have any assurance that it would actually work or be supported. I feel like now I can commit to my instincts and work faster."
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Jordan Peele 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.
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The film's title refers to roadside signs that were posted along the highway at town or county lines around the United States. The signs were directed towards African Americans (or sometimes Asians or other nonwhite people), advising them to leave town by sunset in what are known as "sundown towns", all-white municipalities or neighborhoods in the US that practice a form of segregation by enforcing restrictions excluding people of non-white races via some combination of discriminatory local laws, intimidation and violence. In some regions, these notices remained posted until the 1970s.
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Production schedule was set for twenty-three days in Fairhope, Alabama.
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Jordan Peele stated that he never thought that this film would be made, and had written the script while in a state of vulnerability.
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The scenes in which TSA agent Rod Williams, friend of Chris Washington, is standing outside the airport were filmed outside a boat terminal, and they were the first scenes shot.
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Highest-grossing debut film based on an original screenplay as of its 2017 release.
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The film recouped more than seven times its $4.5 million budget in the first weekend, with over $34 million in its first opening weekend.
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Director Jordan Peele approached Tiffany Haddish, whom he had worked with on Keanu (2016), to audition for a role in this film. Haddish declined due to being "too afraid of horror films".
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There was a brief scene in the trailer involving a deer skeleton that didn't make into the final cut of the film.
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Although this movie was filmed in Alabama, Jordan Peele has stressed that the story is not supposed to be understood as taking place in Alabama or anywhere in the South. During a February 2017 interview with Bethonie Butler in the Washington Post, Peele said "he deliberately avoided setting the movie in red state territory. 'It was really important for me to not have the villains in this film reflect the typical red state type who is usually categorized as being racist. It felt like that was too easy,' he said. 'I wanted this film to explore the false sense of security one can have with the, sort of, New York liberal type.'" According to a February 2017 Geoff Herbert article in the Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard, the movie is set in Upstate New York.
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In the film, The Sunken Place is a never-ending, silent void. In the original script, The Sunken Place actually had sound and a floor.
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With his three nominations at the 2018 Academy Awards, Jordan Peele became the first African American to be nominated for producing, writing and directing in the same year.
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Jordan Peele revealed in his speech at The Directors Guild Awards, he was offered to do the voice of the Poop Emoji in The Emoji Movie (2017), before directing this film. Peele stated about the situation, "that's fucked up".
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This film inspired the creation of college courses about the film's racial themes and symbolism.
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Director Jordan Peele would go on to collaborate with renowned director Spike Lee on BlacKkKlansman (2018). Both Peele and Lee are two of the only four African American writers nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Lee was nominated for Do the Right Thing (1989) and Peele was nominated for this film.
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Todd McFarlane cited this film as one of his main inspirations for making the comic book re-adaptation Spawn.
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Director Jordan Peele performed the "Get Out Challenge" during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) when he was first introduced.
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After the film's release, it garnered a critically high and extremely rare 100% fresh rating on the revered movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. Though the rating have dropped to and then eventually from 99% to 98%, it still retains an extremely rare and high critical rating.
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Domestically, the film became the highest-grossing debut horror film based on an original screenplay with $176 million, dethroning The Blair Witch Project (1999)'s nearly two-decade-long record of over $140 million.
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A 224-page book about the film called, "Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay" was released in 2019. The book showcases in-depth notes by director Jordan Peele, the film's screenplay, and more than 150 stills from the film.
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The detective that Rodney visits is named Latoya Peele.
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Director Jordan Peele stated that he asked Richard Herd (Roman Armitage) to think of his scene as "a Viagra ad trying to hide deep rage. He responded 'That sounds like all Viagra ads to me!' Then he absolutely nailed it."
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After director Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, he posed the statue with his Emmy and stated, "This is exactly what it was like watching my wife give birth."
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For this film, Jordan Peele became the fifth African-American filmmaker to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, following John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood (1991), Lee Daniels for Precious (2009), Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight (2016). Peele also became the fourth filmmaker to receive Academy Award nominations for producing, directing, and writing a debut feature film, following Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941) (though Welles isn't listed as a nominee for producing, since at the time, the award for Best Picture went to the studio rather than the individual producers), Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait (1978), and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983).
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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 in the film.
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Daniel Kaluuya appeared in Johnny English Reborn (2011). In one scene, he uncovers the villain, but Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) doesn't believe him and shouts at him to "get out". In the same scene, the villain uses the word "Armitage" as the name of a made-up organization, the family name in this movie.
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This is the first Universal Pictures film to win an Academy Award for screenwriting since A Beautiful Mind (2001) and the first to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay since Tender Mercies (1983).
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Director Paul Thomas Anderson, a fan of director Jordan Peele's television work, was shooting Phantom Thread (2017) in London during the winter. In a down, miserable period for the director, he went to see this film. Anderson was inspired by the film and said that it had made him feel a connection, although rather ironically, back home to America. Peele had later seen Anderson's film, Phantom Thread (2017), which has really taken with him. Anderson would later interview Peele about the latter's latest horror film, Us (2019) in Fangoria magazine.
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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 showed praise toward Jordan Peele.
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Rod crosses off magic as a possibility right before he calls Rose to find out where Chris is.
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Universal Pictures officially launched their Academy Awards campaign for this movie eight months after its theatrical release.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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While having received Oscar nominations for their screenplays, Do the Right Thing (1989) and this film, respectively, directors Spike Lee and Jordan Peele would go on to share the Oscar glory with BlacKkKlansman (2018) when the film was nominated for several categories, including a first-ever Best Director nomination for Lee.
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On his social media accounts, director Jordan Peele has shared and praised the fan art pertaining to this film.
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This is the first Jordan Peele film that initially obtained a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The second film is Us (2019). Both films had since dropped a few numbers but still retained their high scores.
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On the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Horror Movies list, this movie is ranked at the top, despite being a much more recent release than most of the films on the list.
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In the scene where Chris is speaking to Jim Hudson at the party, Daniel Kaluuya's British accent can be briefly heard.
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The film's general release date (February 24) was the same day as Daniel Kaluuya's birthday.
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Rod and Andre/Logan are the only characters that say the film's title. And both characters say it to Chris.
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Daniel Kaluuya is the first actor of the Black Panther (2018) cast to work with Jordan Peele. The other actors from that cast are Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke for Peele's second film, Us (2019).
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Chris' smartphone was a Microsoft Lumia 950.
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Director Cameo 

Jordan Peele: The voice that says, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."
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Director Trademark 

Jordan Peele: [TSA] Rod Williams, a TSA agent, is a highly sympathetic character. 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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Jordan Peele: [the name of the movie spoken during an intense situation in both the trailer and movie] A character says the name of this film when a situation turns intense, as in Us (2019).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Rose isn't sticking up for Chris when she argues with the police officer about showing identification; she's avoiding a paper trail. Had the cop run both of 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.
Jordan Peele directed Allison Williams to think of her role as two completely separate characters: "Rose", Chris' 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 (Lil Rel Howery), in which she has RoRo's face and mannerisms while sounding like Rose. Peele added that it was absolutely essential that the audience believe Rose and Chris are in love at the beginning of the movie without any suspicion otherwise.
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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 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."
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Walter (Marcus Henderson) [who is really Dean's (Bradley Whitford) father, Roman Armitage], never got over his loss to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, and that is why he continues to run. Director Jordan Peele confirmed during the DVD commentary that Walter/Roman would run at night to improve his time, shown in the scene where he runs directly at Chris (Daniel Kaluuya). Near the end of the film, when Walter/Roman is about to kill Chris, Peele thought about adding the line "I finally beat you, Jesse!" He decided against it, feeling it would be over the top.
Jordan 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 André had screamed at him to get out. Peele explained that Rose 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.
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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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Keegan-Michael Key: Jordan Peele's comedy partner portrayed one of the "Top NCAA Prospects" that Rose (Allison Williams) researches online.
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After the family dinner where Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is trying to practice martial arts with Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), Rose (Allison Williams) comments that Jeremy was about to put him in a headlock. Later it is revealed that it was Jeremy in the opening scene abducting André with a headlock.
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Filming the scenes after Rose's villainy is revealed, Allison Williams isolated herself from the rest of the cast during her breaks to get into the mindset of a cold-hearted sociopath. This was difficult for her as she'd grown tightly knit with the rest of the cast, particularly Daniel Kaluuya.
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Missy (Catherine Keener), Rose's (Allison Williams) mom, isn't upset about Chris' (Daniel Kaluuya) smoking because he is doing it near her daughter (her daughter's health). It's because it will make his body less viable and desirable for the new host.
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Another clue to something is off is when the guests first arrive for the party, they were all greeted with hugs by the grounds keeper, Walter. This is because the guests know that is actually Roman Armitage, father of Dean Armitage.
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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.
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During the DVD commentary, writer, co-producer, and 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 seek 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 André.
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On the tour, Dean (Bradley Whitford) 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 (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson), go.
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The opening of the film was originally longer. In an early draft of the script, there was a white family that was having dinner and talking about Disneyland while the attack against, and abduction of, André occurred just outside of their house. The family was unaware of the crime happening. Jordan Peele decided to omit this out of the final script due to not wanting to show and do too much without hindering the main focus of the scene. Peele wanted the first scene to be very important and simply set the tone for the rest of the movie so that audiences can easily understand what's the message about.
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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.
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Missy (Catherine Keener) controls her subjects with a silver spoon, synonymous with privilege.
The last name "Armitage" is an homage to the twentieth 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.
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Director Jordan Peele decided to change the ending to an uplifting and satisfying ending after thinking about the many tragic cases of Trayvon Martin and other African Americans who have been murdered by law enforcement or those in similar positions. At a special screening, Peele observed the reactions of the audiences, including their reactions to the ending. He states that when the audience saw Rod at the end of the film, there was thunderous applause and cheers.
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Jordan Peele made suggestions to the marketing team on the theatrical trailer, knowing that spoilers would inevitably be made in the name of highlighting the horror and action sequences in the film. He successfully lobbied against showing the scene of Rose and the keys.
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According to Jordan Peele, the massive amount of racist events and crimes under the Obama administration, which created the "post racial America" myth, 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."
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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, fans and critics assumed that the alternate ending had Chris killed by racist cops who assumed he had just murdered the Armitage family, while Rose smiles evilly at the thought that she will be "rescued". 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 shows up and goes to speak to Chris, but Chris' hypnosis by Missy Armitage prevents him from recounting any specifics of what happened. 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.
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During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014), Allison Williams (Rose) said that many of the movie's white viewers have a hard time comprehending or accepting her character's villainy: "They'd say, 'She was hypnotized, right?', and I'm like, no! She's just evil! How hard is that to accept? She's bad! We gave you so many ways to know that she's bad! She has photos of people whose lives she ended behind her! The minute she can, she hangs them back up on the wall behind her. That's so crazy!, and they're still like, 'But maybe she's also a victim?', and I'm like, No! No!, and I will say, that is one hundred percent white people that say that to me."
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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".
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Slavery references: The "bingo game" has some pretty overt shared imagery with slave auctions, as do the leather bonds in the chair. When Chris rips the stuffing out of the leather chair, he's literally being saved by "picking cotton". Although most chairs are stuffed with polyester fibers these days, director Jordan Peele confirmed that they made an arm chair filled with cotton fibers to maintain the symbolism.
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During the dinner scene, Jeremy scoffs at Chris for taking judo lessons, and praises jiu jitsu as superior, since like chess, jiu jitsu forces one to think three steps ahead. In the end, while trying to escape from Jeremy's clutch, Chris does two attempts to open the front door, only for Jeremy to kick it back shut. In the third attempt, Chris outsmarts Jeremy at his own game, by anticipating that Jeremy will kick the door again, and stabbing him in the leg.
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In one proposed ending, Rod would eventually find Chris in a predominantly white neighborhood after months of searching for him. Concerning this ending, director Jordan Peele states, "There was a while where it was more of a gated community, and we get to Chris breaking out. But right before he breaks out, he meets some sort of final test that we don't know how it ends." He goes on to say, "We cut to Rod a couple of months later, breaking into a gated community, going down the main street, and seeing Chris just looking into the reflection of a window. And he goes, 'Chris, I've been looking for you. Are you okay?' And Chris turns to him and goes, 'I assure you, I don't know who you're talking about.'" This ending was contemplated by Peele but was ultimately rejected and never filmed due to its extremely ambiguous and bleak nature.
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During a talk after this movie's January 2017 Sundance Film Festival screening, 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 Stepford Wives (1975), in which suburban husbands replace their rebellious wives with compliant robots.
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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.
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Jordan Peele provided the voice on the television 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.
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Throughout the main part of the film, Walter and Logan are always wearing hats, and Georgina always has her hair with bangs down to cover the scar from the brain surgery from Coagula. In the ending scene, the scar is visible on Georgina's head in the car (as her bangs are up) and on Walter's head (as he is not wearing his hat).
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Chris insists on stopping the vehicle and going to check on the injured deer. The deer is still barely alive, and Chris seems intensely focused on the animal. As the story line later reveals, this is how Chris' mother was killed. A hit and run. His mother died alone on the side of the road.
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The song that plays in Jeremy's white car while André 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 World War II, and even more so when the duo changed the lyrics to "Run Adolf, Run" to mock the Nazis.
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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".
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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.
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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 Knights 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 Knights Templar and spent centuries perfecting the Coagula Procedure in an effort to gain immortality. The Knights 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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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 "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.
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In a February 2018 New York Magazine oral history of the making of this movie, Jada Yuan and Hunter Harris reported that Marcus Henderson (Walter the groundskeeper/Roman Armitage) revealed that many of the actions he is seen performing were deliberately "inherently nonsensical: 'Who tries to rake up an entire estate? That's madness! Who tries to use one of those old school lawnmowers that are just spinning?...You just automatically assumed that he was a gardener because he was doing gardening things. But if we look at him in straight detail it made no sense.'" Jordan Peele said that he inserted this detail as an "Easter Egg" to hint at the fact that "Walter" is not really a gardener or someone who is used to any type of manual labor, since his consciousness really is that of Roman Armitage.
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(Spoilers for Rosemary's Baby (1968)) Jordan Peele has cited Rosemary's Baby (1968) as a key influence on the film, and there are a few direct homages to the novel/film: In addition to the name Rose (possibly short for Rosemary), her grandfather's name Roman may refer to Roman Castavet, the head of the satanic cult in the earlier film, and possibly to that film's director, Roman Polanski. As well, the Japanese man among the otherwise white group echoes a similar character in Rosemary's Baby (1968). Finally, the climax of both films hinges on the revelation that the protagonist's love interest is complicit in the conspiracy.
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After he finds him at the end of the film, Rod says to Chris, "I mean, I told you not to go in that house." This is apparently a reference to film audiences shouting at characters in horror films to do not enter sinister looking houses or places due to earlier foreboding warnings of the creepy locations and the surrounding environments.
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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 André in the opening scene. The car that Chris takes to escape is presumably Jeremy's, in which André was abducted.
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"Coagula", the name of the mind transfer procedure, is Latin for "it joins". It is better known as one half of the alchemic maxim, "solve et coagula" ("it separates and it joins", i.e. how alchemy transforms matter), and like the knight helmet, it hints at the ancient roots of the unnamed society of body snatchers.
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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.
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The story has much in common with "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham" by H.G. Wells, in which an old and dying man lures a young and healthy student into a trap, switching bodies. Wells wrote the story anno 1896.
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The opening scene grows tense as André 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 André is a tribute to Duel (1971), Jaws (1975), and Christine (1983) in signifying danger.
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After Walter/Roman Armitage tackles Chris to the ground towards the end of the film, he originally has a line in which he shouts, "I finally beat you, Jesse!". Jordan Peele decided to remove the line due to it sounding over-the-top and Peele trusting the audience to understand the subtext anyway.
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Except for Rose, the majority of the Armitages primarily die by head-related or upper body injuries. For example:
  • Dean Armitage dies by getting impaled in the throat by an antler of a stuffed deer head.
  • Missy Armitage dies by getting stabbed in the eye and brain.
  • Jeremy Armitage dies by getting his head stomped in by Chris's boot.
  • Georgina/Marianne Armitage dies by getting a fatally fractured skull through the extreme force in the car accident due to not wearing a seat belt when she was attacking Chris.
  • Walter/Roman Armitage dies after he regains his Walter consciousness via a camera flash and commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with the bolt-action rifle.
  • Though he's not a member of the Armitage Family, it's noted that Jim Hudson's head and skull was surgically opened when Dean Armitage ended up dying from being stabbed in the throat and accidentally knocking over one of the burning candles when he falls to the ground, causing the entire surgery room to be set on fire. The fire had ultimately engulfed and killed him while he was still under anesthesia and with the top of his head opened and brain exposed.
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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.
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Once Chris has been officially "captured" and sent into the "sunken place", there is a cut to Rod outside of 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 (1980), which featured Room 237 as the most malevolent room at The Overlook Hotel. The Shining (1980) could also have been a source of inspiration as it too dealt metaphorically with violence and prejudice in American history. The Shining (1980) also similarly intercut an isolated location and someone's attempt at rescue.
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Body Count: 7
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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 are vessels for "keeping" Rose's "grands", her grandfather and grandmother, alive inside stolen bodies. Dean tells Chris, "We like to keep a piece of her (Rose's grandmother) in the house."
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Fans of the show, Tales from the Crypt (1989) have stated that this film felt like an "extended episode" of the show. There are several factors in the film that support this. For example:
  • There are some foreboding elements that show that there's something sinister (i.e. Rose being too adamant on Chris not giving his wallet to the cop; the way the Armitages' employees and friends are behaving almost robotically).
  • Despite the chilling atmosphere, there are several hilarious moments that counterbalance the intensity of the story (i.e. Rod being funny in almost all of his scenes; Chris himself saying some funny comments).
  • There is a major twist or two that puts the story into perspective (i.e. Rose turning out to be a cold-blooded sociopath; Rod showing up to save Chris instead of the police showing up to arrest him).
  • The villain, or villains, in this case, getting their comeuppances in an ironic manner (i.e. Dean Armitage condemning deer throughout the film and treating Chris like a prized deer ends up getting killed by a deer antler in the throat; Jeremy Armitage's fighting moves are used against him by Chris and he's beaten to death).
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The knight's helmet seen in the white car has some overlapping language with the "White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan", known for being the most violent chapter of the KKK.
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One of the earlier giveaways of Rose's part in the whole conspiracy is when she is with Chris and her parents discussing the upcoming social gathering, where Rose, without blinking an eye, expresses surprise despite her parents stating "but it happens on this day every year", implying strongly this event (and the strange events Chris sees) is routine.
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Second film featuring Catherine Keener after Being John Malkovich (1999) where people inhabit the body of someone else leaving the person trapped with no control.
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Some have theorized that this film is a sequel to Being John Malkovich (1999). Director Jordan Peele denies that this film is a sequel to the film, but loves the theory.
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When Chris tries to strangle Rose to death at the end of the film, he suddenly stops. The reason being is that, besides being stopped by police sirens, he quickly decided that he wanted her to suffer the same way his own mother suffered by dying alone on the road. Earlier in the film, her mother, Missy, played upon his grief over his mother in the first hypnosis scene under the guise of questioning his intentions toward her daughter (use focal points sometimes to guide someone into a state of heightened suggestibility). Ironically, his intentions ended up being good for humanity in allowing Rose to die a slow and painful death so that she won't victimize anyone else.
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The film has many similarities to the 1973 British horror movie, The Wicker Man (1973). In both movies, Chris and Sergeant Howie are lured into a trap. Both movies include a superstitious cult. However, there is a slight difference. In The Wicker Man (1973), Howie dies and in this film, Chris survives and defeats the leaders of the cult.
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The dark goings-on at the Armitage residence is foreshadowed in two characters: Walter is a champion-quality runner (as was Roman Armitage, who inhabits his body), and Jeremy is a MMA practitioner, allowing him to render kidnap victims (like Andre) unconscious swiftly and without physically harming them.
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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).
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The scene where Chris Washington kills Jeremy Armitage can be briefly yet prominently seen in the trailer. At the very end of the trailer, Chris is seen swiftly stomping on something or someone somewhat offscreen which is accompanied by the sound of a crunch. This turns out to be Chris defending himself and getting righteous revenge against Jeremy when he tried to stop him from escaping the Armitage house.
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Early in the movie, there are several times when Dean calls Chris "my man," in what seems at first to be just 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."
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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.
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This is the third time a character portrayed by Catherine Keener has been involved in taking control of people's bodies. The other two films are Being John Malkovich (1999) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
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Catherine Keener previously appeared in Being John Malkovich (1999), in which she also sells the privilege of taking over the consciousness of an unwilling host body.
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Similarities to the Ira Levin cannon: movies about conspiracies; movies about evil cults kidnapping and either killing and replicating local residents; or using their body parts; or all of the above. "Rose", the female lead here; comes from Rosemary. Both Chris and Joanna Eberthart are photographers; and in both cases they take pictures of the replicants and use that to solve the mystery. There's a Roman Herd here, just like Roman Castavett in Rosemary's Baby. Both Rosemary's Baby and Get Out have to do with people moving and changing their identity; Roman Castavett in Rosemary's Baby, and Andrew Logan in Get Out. And in both cases the unmasking of the secret identity is the big reveal at the climax which helps solve the mystery. Logan breaking down at the party and shouting "Get Out!"; and then apologizing and blaming his behavior on drinking is like Carol Van Zant breaking down and babbling repetitively at the Eberhart's party in Stepford Wives; also blaming it all later on drinking. Mrs. Missy Armitage hypnotizing Chris with the coffee cup is like Mini Castavett drugging Rosemary with the spiked chocolate mousse in Rosemary's Baby. In all these movies it's the partner who is the chief culprit who is selling out their lover to the evil cult; Guy and Walter in the Ira Levin stories; Rose here. All the movies center around an evil cult which masquerades as a normal community organization. The neighbors of the Bramford Inn are satanists; the Men's Association in Stepford are misogynistic serial killers of their wives; and the Armitage's Bingo club in the Ashland Historic district are doing brain transplants and harvesting body parts from the African American residents of nearby Mobile, Atlanta. Also Missy Armitage has a prototypical feminine name just like Guy Woodhouse does in Rosemary. And the eerie African tribes chanting in Get Out somewhat recalls the cult chanting in Rosemary's Baby.
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