The cinematic trope of people of color meeting their White romantic partner’s parents dates back at least as far as the trailblazing 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Comedian and actor Jordan Peele’s (“Key and Peele”) directorial debut, “Get Out,” elevates the sinister potential behind that basic premise to psychological terror.
The horror movie, whose trailer debuted yesterday (October 4), stars Daniel Kaluuya (“Sicario”) as Chris, a young Black man in a relationship with Allison Williams’ (“Girls”) Rose. When he visits the home of Rose’s parents, played by Catherine Keener (“Capote”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), his fears about her White family’s reaction to her dating a Black man turn to shock and desperation as eerie things begin to happen.
Peele told Entertainment Weekly last year that the film ”takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the [horror] genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago.”
“Get Out” hits theaters on February 24. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.