“Get Out” finds horror in casual racism

(K. Brent Tomer),

“GET OUT” opens at night on a suburban American street. As a young black man looks for a friend’s home, a car pulls up alongside him and he stops in his tracks. We’ve seen films like this before, in which slow-moving cars pose deadly threats to black males. In the early 1990s, inner-city dramas like “Boyz N the Hood” and “Menace II Society” introduced mainstream white audiences to drive-by shootings. But those films took place exclusively in urban areas. What “Get Out” demonstrates is that the white suburbs are as dangerous for black people as anywhere else.

The horror-comedy has become an overnight sensation in America. It grossed $30m in its opening weekend, scoring an immediate, enormous profit on its $4.5m budget; at this rate, it may well turn into the most profitable film of the year. It is also a critical smash, with a 99% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator (at the time of writing, it had a single negative review). Its popularity seems to cut across demographics, too. According to Deadline, the film’s…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC “Get Out” finds horror in casual racism

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