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One of the things that makes horror such a perennial genre is its ability to reflect the fears and anxieties of society, providing a space where people can explore and analyze what terrifies them. However, the horror mainstream has been reluctant to address the issue of racism. Some scary movies have made bigotry a staple of their stories. tales of the hood, people under the stairs Y Loved, to name a few, but rarely does a major film combine the fears of spooky spectacles with the very real insidious forces of prejudice and discrimination.
2017 Salt changed that. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, known primarily for his comedy work with Keegan-Michael Key at the time, Salt he made the creeping paranoia of life as a marginalized person in America the backbone of his story. And in doing so, he created a social thriller for the ages and a modern classic.
What is Get Out about?
Salt follows Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a young photographer who plans to spend the weekend with his girlfriend, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), at her family’s luxurious upstate mansion. Rose is excited, but Chris is worried. Rose has never brought a black man home before, and Chris knows that no matter how progressive her parents claim to be, old attitudes can sometimes flare up in people.
Upon arrival at the Armitage home, Chris learns that Rose’s parents, brother (Caleb Landry Jones), and old friends are exactly what he expected: serious and well-intentioned, but absolutely incapable of interacting with a black person. without seeming ignorant. or, on rare occasions, hostile. What worries Chris most, however, is how few black people there are in the Arbitration orbit. Their behavior is strange, forced and strange, as if something had been done to them.
Why is Jordan Peele’s Get Out a must-see Halloween?
There are many things that they do Salt an exemplary film, but one of its most brilliant touches is the way Peele plays with audience expectations. He knows full well that viewers are expecting a sinister twist and will spend the first half waiting for the other shoe to drop. In this way, Peele forces the viewer to identify with Chris’s situation: cautious to the point of paranoia because he has to be. For many people, living as a minority in America means developing an ear for coded language and key behaviors that can betray a person’s bigoted intentions. Chris doesn’t know that he is in a horror movie, but he knows that he is in a precarious situation and that his luck can change at any moment.
At the same time, Peele knows how to subvert horror tropes to tremendous effect, beginning with the opening scene of the film. In the middle of the night, Andre Hayworth (LaKeith Stanfield) wanders the upstate suburbs looking for a way back to the city. He is soon stalked by a driver playing “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Flanagan & Allen. Andre tries to play it cool and avoid any trouble, but the driver ambushes him, strangling him unconscious and throwing him into the trunk of his car before driving off into the night without anyone noticing. It’s a brilliant scene that perfectly sets the tone for the film.
In horror, suburbs are often bastions of safety and stability that exist to be terrorized by ghosts like Freddy Kruger or Michael Myers. Yet for many black Americans, especially from more urban settings, the suburbs are dangerous terrain. The White Flight phenomenon of the 1950s and 1960s saw suburbia rapidly develop as havens for Caucasian conformity, with segregation strictly enforced by practices such as mortgage discrimination or simply police violence. Although some of these apartheid practices are no longer prevalent, the sentiment behind them still exists across the country, and that scares Chris more than any masked killer or dream demon.
Nevertheless, Salt Not everything is tension and atmosphere. Once the twist of the film is revealed, the third act turns into a tense action thriller as Chris tries to flee the Armitage house. It’s not only a masterfully shot and edited sequence of savage violence, but also wildly satisfying, as Chris asserts his personality in front of people who, despite his pretensions, refuse to acknowledge him. It all culminates in one of the most joy-worthy endings to a horror movie in recent memory, making Salt not only a masterpiece of tone, but also a visceral and brutal statement against bigotry and prejudice.
How to watch Get Out – Is it streaming?
Peele has since followed Salt with U.S in 2019 and Nope in 2022, distinctive features that accredit him as one of the preeminent voices of terror. Nevertheless, Salt it remains possibly his strongest work, a tense thriller brimming with social commentary and a shocking ending to the story. And for those seeking such an experience, Salt is available to stream on Spectrum and rent on most major platforms.