With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get into the spooky spirit by finding a tale of terror and something pumpkin-spiced to enjoy. For all of those who have yet to lay eyes on Jordan Peele’s Get Out, put that on your checklist to watch while awaiting trick-or-treaters. The film’s producer and creator, Jordan Peele has taken horror a whole new level in this twist-filled plot that’s sure to shock its viewers.
On the other hand, for those who have seen the film, we at BTFC can only imagine your reaction to the plot’s themes that weren’t so underlying. The comedic side of Peele’s genius couldn’t completely escape the movie, but it was a huge surprise from the audiences to see his expertise take on a newer approach to thriller movies. Through only flashes of intense action, Peele seemed to mystify viewers through previews without totally revealing themes of racism. He used the film to address hidden societal truths by synonymously merging the element of fear and Black lives in America. He also challenges audiences to take on a different perspective by stirring issues of modern day slavery and how we react to it through millennial lenses. Following its release into theatres, Get Out immediately stirred up a controversy Peele anticipated greatly.
“The system itself is the monster — the idea of a social thriller explores how we interact,” he said. “That’s the thrill of the genre.”
To Peele, readers and the Black film community, as we’ve been saying decade after decade: “fight the power!” We understand exactly where Peele is coming from at BTFC. For some of us, it is our goal to deconstruct the negativity of society through art. For others, it’s to create peace. But no matter what you choose in everything you do, your creation will reflect you. Try not to question yourself if you should do the unexpected. Instead, think of how your creativity can make a name for itself or redefine a genre such as Peele did. Don’t be afraid to take things a step further with your abilities and vision…it might even scare you!
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About the Author: Jade Mapp is a California Girl who has a strong passion for literature and composition. Her works in creative writing, poetry and editing are strengthened the more she connects to other like-minded people who are dedicated to uplift each other through art and storytelling. She is currently interning at the Black TV & Film Collective.