Get Out is a Comedy? GTFO!

The horror/thriller film industry is mostly garbage. Just trash. There used to be gems like Rosemary’s Baby, Misery, and Silence of the Lambs. There was depth, some gore, and a lot of thought put into these films. And they were scary. Terrifying and more than just jump scares, they possessed that eerie, ominous “Where the hell am I gonna pee my pants next?” kinda feeling. When I saw Get Out the first time, I got those tiny-little fingers on the back of my neck and up my spine, reminiscent of when I saw The Shining or The Exorcist. And to call that feeling a comedy because there were comedic elements in the film is wrong. No clever simile needed.

On a budget of just $4.5 million, “Get Out” amassed a $253 million dollar box-office haul, its Rotten Tomatoes score is 100%. Err…it was until one reviewer decided it was a “return of the get-whitey movie.” I suggest you find Armond White on Twitter, FB, or Instagram and overwhelm him with hate comments. Not the racial-kind, cuz he’s black, but just hater-ation-level comments. The kind that MJB describes. Yeah, that kind.

I was in the theater. People were shouting. Giving heavy applause, jumping to their feet. I even cried a little during scenes — either out of joy, or sadness at the very real depiction of how real the struggle is to be black and date outside your race — because the film does shove truth in a viewer’s face. It’s rare that a film can even come close to being that honest. Even rarer is a film that can elicit that kind of response from its audience!


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