Revisiting Horrible Opening Track From Jordan Peele’s Get Out: ‘Race Is The Monster We Fear’ | Scene stealer

Racism in movies is a controversial topic, especially in the American context. Perhaps no other film in recent memory has been able to capture the terror of it while delivering the distinct cabin-in-the-woods horror effect that the comedian, actor and filmmaker Jordan Pele made with the 2017 Oscar nominee Get Out.

While there are plenty of gruesome and eye-catching moments in Daniel Kaluuya’s starring role, the film has arguably one of the most impactful opening sequences in recent cinematic history. A lanky Lakeith Stanfield, playing unassuming Andre Hayworth, wanders through a predominantly white neighborhood at night. You can’t make out anything except the looming trees and shadows of the shrubbery that surround Lakeith. The dim light from the streetlights doesn’t help, and that’s how Peele creates the atmosphere that has the audience clinging to their seats as the man on screen walks down the road. Andre is a black man in a white area, and the streets he walks on are completely deserted. Andre is isolated and obviously frightened. The one-take shot contributes to a sense of panic that our character already feels. You know something horrible is going to happen to him. “F**k that, I’m just gonna go back the other way,” he finally said, losing his sense of control. And that’s when the white car turns, playing ominously “Run, rabbit, run” by Flanagan and Allen.

A man wearing a bizarre-looking helmet emerges from the shadows, knocking Lakeith aka André unconscious, who is then bundled into the back of the car. And if the beginning is petrifying, the sequel, we rightly suppose, would be all the more difficult to digest.

Speaking about the part with Directors Guild of America in a previous interview, Jordan said, “The first scene in the movie is very important, it’s very important not to overdo it. What you are trying to convey is a feeling. I feel like you’re trying to offer a promise to the audience of what’s to come, and it’s become important for the audience to be immersed, in the experience of a black man walking down the street in a white neighborhood. It’s the feeling that “I’m not the right person to be in this neighborhood”, which through the eyes of others is idyllic and welcoming. From this point on, audiences will know that race is the monster we fear, everything else is tinged with terror.

Making a horror movie with scary jumps and multiple twists would be an obvious way to go. But to make a feature film in the genre that makes you squirm and laughing out loud, while making an important social comment without preaching, is an art. An art that debut director Jordan Peele (yes, I said early) perfected, so much so that Get Out was nominated for not one, but four Academy nominations, winning the coveted statuette. in the Best Original Screenplay category.

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Here’s a trivia for moviegoers: According to IMDb, Jordan Peele directed Get Out while impersonating popular figures like Barack Obama, Tracy Morgan, and Forest Whitaker.

You can stream Get Out on Amazon Prime Video.

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