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  • Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.
  • Jordan Peele cited Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing and directing debut, because the film had an African-American protagonist.
  • Slate reported that this movie was the "secret midnight screening" at the January 2017 Sundance Film Festival, even though "rumors had been circulating for days that the horror movie was the festival's enticing TBA (to be announced selection), and Variety confirmed those rumors hours before the show."
  • Production schedule was set for twenty-three days in Fairhope, Alabama.
  • Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.
  • This movie was filmed in twenty-three days.
  • Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy's stand-up film Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983). Murphy joked about horror films, including Poltergeist (1982) and The Amityville Horror (1979), and asked why white people do not leave when there is a ghost in the house. Murphy joked that as he was showing his wife around a beautiful house, if he heard a ghost whisper, "get out", he would immediately tell her, "Too bad we can't stay, baby!" Peele repeated Murphy's joke on the DVD commentary of this film.
  • This is the second time Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Root worked together in a film centered on the theme of racism. The first being Selma (2014).
  • Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener appeared in An American Crime (2007).
  • This is the second film in which Stephen Root played a blind character, with the first being O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
  • Regarding the meaning of The Sunken Place, Jordan Peele said, "The Sunken Place means we're marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us."
  • (Cameo) Jordan Peele: The voice that says, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."
  • Rod crosses off magic as a possiblilty right before he calls Rose to find out where Chris is.
  • The stark black and white cinematic poster showing a cropped close-up of the protagonist's eyes is an inverted reference to the poster of La Haine (1995). Both films offer contemporary examinations of cultural appropriation, marginalization, and racism.
  • Stephen Root also played a blind character the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). His role of a radio station operator who records the Soggy Bottom Boys is credited only as "radio station man".
  • In an interview with Jason Guerrasio, Jordan Peele said that the decision to film the movie in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama came at the last minute, and it was necessitated by budget cuts, "We were going to shoot this movie here in Los Angeles until about a month before we were set to shoot, and then I got a call saying we had to figure out someplace else for tax reasons. It was a gigantic curveball, and a real lesson that sometimes blessings come in strange packages. Because I think the movie is what it's meant to be. I think it might be a better movie than we would've done in here in Los Angeles. Also, just a big lesson that you can get past the insurmountable."
  • Jordan Peele said in an interview that Allison Williams reminded him of "someone you knew and had a crush on when you met her at summer camp", and he thought this was a great quality for the kind of character Rose Armitage really is.
  • The detective that Rodney visits is named Latasha Peele.
  • DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Jordan Peele): (T.S.A.): Rod Williams, a T.S.A. Agent, is a highly sympathetic character. Jordan Peele has said he has general affection for T.S.A. screeners and doesn't just see them as annoyances at the airport, and several Key and Peele (2012) skits centered around T.S.A. Agents in various settings.
  • Eddie Murphy was originally chosen to play Chris, but Jordan Peele changed his mind after it was decided he was too old for the role.
  • At a Vanity Fair screening of the film, Jordan Peele explained that he wrote the screenplay during the first term of former President Barack Obama, when racism was believed to be a thing of the past. He thought there would not be much interest for his movie in such an optimistic climate, so he wrote it mainly for himself. With the increasing discussion regarding violence against African-Americans, and the coming of the Black Lives Matter movement in later years, he knew the time was right to make the movie.
  • The original score was created entirely by Michael Abels, who had never worked on a film before, but who specializes in traditional concert music with influences from blues, jazz, and African music. Jordan Peele found one of Abels' orchestral compositions, "Urban Legends", on YouTube and decided that "this guy could terrorize some people in this movie."
  • The main theme, "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga", was sung in Swahili with the exception of the English word "brother", a word which Composer Michael Abels felt had a special, universal meaning among black people that did not need translation. According to Abels, the voices in the song represent the souls of black slaves and lynching victims trying to warn Chris to get away. The translation of the lyrics is, "Brother, run! Listen to the elders. Listen to the truth. Run away! Save yourself."
  • The song playing in the beginning of the film when Chris is packing for the weekend is "Redbone" by Childish Gambino. Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele wanted that song because of its lyrics, including, "stay woke" and "don't close your eyes."
  • Betty Gabriel and Lakeith Stanfield are part of The Purge film franchise. Gabriel appeared in The Purge: Election Year (2016) and Stanfield appeared in The Purge: Anarchy (2014).
  • This film stayed in the U.S. box-office Top 10 for its first two months of release.
  • The music for the song during the abduction scene, "Run, Rabbit, Run", was written by British Composer Noel Gay, whose birth name was Reginald Armitage, a connection with the Armitage family in the film.
  • Caleb Landry Jones and Stephen Root appeared in No Country for Old Men (2007).
  • Lil Rel Howery (Chris' best friend Rod) ad-libbed the majority of his funny lines.
  • The scenes in which T.S.A. Agent Rod Williams, friend of Chris Washington, is standing outside the airport were filmed outside a boat terminal, and they were the first scenes shot.
  • Yasuhiko Oyama (Hiroki Tanaka) the Japanese man at the garden party, is not an actor, but a noted karate master. As the casting call for secondary characters was local, Peele had trouble finding an older Japanese actor near Alabama. Oyama lived in Birmingham, and is the father-in-law of Peele's friend Ken Marino.
  • In the scenes where Chris and Rod are talking to each other on the phone, the actors were actually using the phone, but were talking to Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele instead.
  • Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.
  • Only a few weeks after the film's release there was Oscar buzz, even though award talk and nominations normally start in the fall.
  • This film inspired the creation of college courses about the film's racial themes and symbolism.
  • The iconic scene where Walter is sprinting toward Chris and then makes a sharp turn at the last second inspired the online challenge of people doing that same action, called the "Get Out Challenge".
  • Chance the Rapper was so impressed by the movie that he bought all of the movie tickets from certain Chicago movie theaters just so people could go see the film for free. In one of his tweets talking about the film, he says, "Just pull up with an ID and enjoy the movie."
  • Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and several cast members of Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) were treated to a private screening of this film in London where they were filming the Jurassic Park (1993) 2018 sequel, and this film was yet to be released there. Pratt had documented the event on his Instagram account and showed praise toward Jordan Peele.
  • While Daniel Kaluuya was filming Black Panther (2018), he took part in the "Get Out Challenge" on-set. It involved co-stars Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and other cast and crew members running toward him and taking sharp turns at the last minute. Kaluuya, in character, acted frightened and quickly walked away as Donald Glover's song, "Redbone", played. Nyong'o posted the challenge on her Instagram account.
  • Due to the success of this film, Jordan Peele became the first African-American writer, producer, and director to earn more than one hundred million dollars in a debut film.
  • After the film's release, it garnered a critically high and extremely rare one hundred percent fresh rating on the revered movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes. Though the rating has dropped to ninety-nine percent, it still retains an extremely rare and high critical rating.
  • Jordan Peele performed the "Get Out Challenge" during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) when he was first introduced.
  • This became the most profitable horror film of 2017. However, Annabelle: Creation (2017) dethroned it a few months later. Yet, interestingly enough, another surprise horror hit, It (2017), dethroned that film in just a month.
  • Universal Pictures officially launched their Academy Awards campaign for this movie eight months after its theatrical release.
  • Daniel Kaluuya stated that after he returned home in London, England after the release of the film, a random black woman recognized him one day and hugged him.
  • Armond White is the only known professional movie critic to give this film a negative review, thus lowering its excellent Rotten Tomatoes rating from one hundred percent to ninety-nine percent. He claimed that it was produced for a liberal agenda and referred to it as a "get whitey" film (White is African-American). The critic is known to give rotten reviews to mainly revered films like Toy Story 3 (2010), which also had an excellent one hundred percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
  • Todd McFarlane cited this film as one of his main inspirations for making the comic book re-adaptation Spawn (2019).
  • In mid October 2017, Jordan Peele surprised students at a UCLA class called "Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic", a course created after the success and popularity of this film. With the help of Tananarive Due, a college professor at UCLA, Peele secretly sat in the last row as class was in session. Professor Rue asked the question, "What do you think the director was trying to say about the coveting of black bodies?" to which Peele raised his hand, much to the surprise and joy of the class once they recognized him. The students gave him thunderous applause and a standing ovation as he went to the front of the class, and Peele ended up teaching the students. The moment was briefly captured and shared on Twitter.
  • On the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Horror Movies list, this movie is ranked at the top, despite being a much more recent release than most of the films on the list. Other films on the list include Psycho (1960), Nosferatu (1922), Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Shining (1980), Frankenstein (1931), The Evil Dead (1981), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Carrie (1976), The Birds (1963), Let the Right One In (2008), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Raw (2017), Dracula (1931), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Halloween (1978), Suspiria (1977), Don't Breathe (2016), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), It Follows (2014), Freaks (1932), Don't Look Now (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Exorcist (1973), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Aliens (1986), Poltergeist (1982), The Witch (2016), It Comes at Night (2017), The Fly (1986), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Babadook (2014), The Omen (1976), Repulsion (1965), Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Days Later... (2002), Misery (1990), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Drag Me to Hell (2009), The Orphanage (2007), The Innocents (1961), Cat People (1942), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Near Dark (1987), The Conjuring (2013), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Wicker Man (1973), and Re-Animator (1985).
  • Blumhouse Productions founder and Producer Jason Blum has expressed hope that the film would get Academy Award recognition.
  • Jordan Peele has talked about ideas for a possible sequel.
  • This is the second film released by Blumhouse Productions in 2017 to become a box-office hit. It was released on February 24, 2017 and made over $34 million in its opening weekend on a $4.5 million budget. The first Blumhouse produced film released in 2017 was Split (2016), which originally premiered at film festivals in late 2016, and was officially released theatrically on January 20, 2017. The film earned $40 million in its opening weekend on a $9 million budget, and the third Blumhouse produced film released was Happy Death Day (2017), which was released on October 13, 2017. The film made $26 million in its opening weekend on a budget of $4.8 million.
  • Although they were only seen in one scene together, Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery were nominated for Best Duo at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards.
  • Jordan Peele cited horror classics like Night of the Living Dead (1968), Rosemary's Baby (1968), and The Stepford Wives (1975) as inspirations for creating this film.
  • The opening of the film is partially inspired by the opening of Halloween (1978), which Jordan Peele described as a subversion of "the perfect white neighborhood."
  • Director Jordan Peele asserted that the scene where Walter (Marcus Henderson) is running at Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and the audience at full speed is a nod toward the power of depth in films. He cited North by Northwest (1959) as an example of this technique, stating, "Somebody running at you or towards you just creates a visceral and physical reaction for the audience."
  • In the scene where Chris is tied down, Jordan Peele originally wanted to use the song "You've Got A Friend", but he couldn't afford it. Instead, Peele wrote the scene in which Chris is forced to watch a sales pitch video.
  • Jordan Peele said that the movie puts the audience in the shoes of Chris Washington, the main character. He stated, "You are Chris when you watch this movie. The power of the story encourages empathy. It allows us to see through other people's lives."
  • The cast and crew of Stranger Things (2016) have stated that the film is their favorite horror film released in 2017.
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization of Hollywood journalists and photographers that conducts the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, had stirred up controversy when they stated in a press release that this movie would be eligible for Golden Globe consideration in the Best Comedy or Musical categories, rather than the Best Drama categories. Many have stated that the film, despite having moments of comedy, is more of a satire and overall serious in terms of the atmosphere. Jordan Peele responded by sharing his message on Twitter, "'Get Out' is a documentary".
  • Jordan Peele used The Silence of the Lambs (1991) for inspiration on shooting the hypnosis scenes between Chris and Missy. The face-offs between Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, filmed in tight close-ups in which the characters look directly at the camera, informed Peele's style in these scenes.
  • Due to its rare and impeccable rating score, the film was named the best-rated film of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • 2017 became the first year ever that the horror genre had reached $1 billion in ticket sales at the U.S. box-office thanks to this film, It (2017), Split (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Jigsaw (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Happy Death Day (2017).
  • Jordan Peele has stated, "I wrote 'Get Out' not necessarily as something to get made. I wrote it more as something that would be fun to write and something that would help me get better as an artist. So there was no deadline I was giving myself. Now that I know that this kind of movie works, I can give it more purpose. Like, I know that I can get it made, so let's move forward with that goal in mind, instead of it being this ongoing project that who know if anyone will ever see it."
  • When asked about how the experience of the film and its tremendous success has changed how he approaches his career, Jordan Peele stated, "It just allows me to trust myself a little more. There was a long time where I felt like this was going to be something I would love, but I didn't have any assurance that it would actually work or be supported. I feel like now I can commit to my instincts and work faster."
  • Known mainly for his comedic career, Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele's turn for the horror genre had surprised many people. He proclaimed, "The reason I made it a horror film is that it's my favorite genre." He went on to state, "I actually started wanting to make a horror thriller, and in asking myself what that would look like, eventually I got to what 'Get Out' is, which is, in many ways, my greatest fears on film."
  • For the Sunken Place sequences, a mixture of practical effects and CGI were used. Daniel Kaluuya was attached to wires and floating in front of a black background.
  • The film is named one of the best films of 2017 by several critical and online film sources.
  • Film critic, actor, director, and writer Caillou Pettis placed the film at number five on his list of his twenty favorite films released in 2017.
  • In an interview with Bradley Whitford on National Public Radio's show "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!", Whitford explained that Jordan Peele wanted him for the role of Dean Armitage because of his prior role as Josh Lyman from The West Wing (1999). Whitford said that Peele wanted all of the Armitage family members to have a distinct "white liberal feel" to them.
  • Professor and author Tananarive Due of UCLA's Department of African-American Studies, who created the non-UCLA affiliated "Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic" course, made the course available online after several months of the success. The film had inspired her to explore the black horror genre stating, "I love horror. But it never dawned on me that I could have a Black horror course before 'Get Out'. When a movie like that comes along, you now have a reference point to talk about everything that has come before ("The Sunken Place") is going to be a Black horror overview course that will be very cinema-based. It'll look at cinema going back to the 30s". Due tweeted that students can send questions concerning the film to director Jordan Peele.
  • Chris' smartphone was a Microsoft Lumia 950.
  • Highest grossing debut film based on an original screenplay as of its 2017 release.
  • Daniel Kaluuya has said that he can relate to the party scene. He states, "That party scene was just like, 'Oh, I've been in that party. I'm going to that party. Like, that kind of racism that isn't seen as racism, that isn't seen as, kind of like, mainstream racism. It's just life, and to explore that is quite an uncomfortable conversation, and Jordan just spoke his truth. He cinematically articulated an experience that millions of people go through and they are made to feel crazy for going through that. But he just said, 'No, actually, you're not crazy.'"
  • Following the continuing success of this film, Jordan Peele proclaims that he's retiring from acting to focus on directing. He jokes, "Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing."
  • Jordan Peele made the sound when the deer gets hit by the car.
  • The first February release since The Silence of the Lambs (1991) to be nominated for Best Picture. This movie opened on February 24, 2017, while The Silence of the Lambs (1991) opened on February 14, 1991. The latter won Best Picture.
  • Jordan Peele became the second African-American filmmaker in history to be nominated for an Academy Award in a directorial debut. The previous one to hold the rank was John Singleton thanks to Boyz n the Hood (1991).
  • Jordan Peele is the twenty-third filmmaker to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in a directorial debut, following Orson Welles (Citizen Kane (1941)), Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)), Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men (1957)), Jack Clayton (Room at the Top (1959)), Jerome Robbins (West Side Story (1961)), Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)), Warren Beatty and Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait (1978)), Robert Redford (Ordinary People (1980)), Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire (1981)), James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment (1983)), Roland Joff? (The Killing Fields (1984)), Kenneth Branagh (Henry V (1989)), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot (1989)), Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves (1990)), John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood (1991)), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich (1999)), Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999)), Rob Marshall (Chicago (2002)), Bennett Miller (Capote (2005)), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton (2007)), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)).
  • In light of the film receiving four major Oscar nominations, Lil Rel Howery revealed in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that he wasn't invited to the Oscars, citing that he wasn't important enough. Jimmy Kimmel, who was also hosting the ceremony, stated that he was going to get him into the ceremony. Howery stated, "We called and they were looking for my ticket and they're like, 'Uh, you're not in the first group. The first tickets they give out, I'm not on that list!" Kimmel responded saying, "Listen, I'll get you in, don't worry. I'm the host of it. You had a big part in that movie. It's not like you had a little scene."
  • Daniel Kaluuya appeared in Johnny English Reborn (2011). In one scene, he uncovers the villain, but Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) doesn't believe him and shouts at him to "get out". In the same scene, the villain uses the word "Armitage" as the name of a made-up organization, the family name in this movie.
  • This is the second film, in which Stephen Root appeared, where the protagonist was hypnotized. The first being Office Space (1999).
  • When Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele was asked if Universal Pictures wanted him to do a sequel to this film, he stated, "Of course they have. It was the first thing they said, 'Let's do a sequel.'" He goes on to say, "Honestly, I'm open to it. I love the project, but I won't do a sequel just for some kind of cash grab. If it's right, if it feels good, and I feel like I can beat the original, I'll do it."
  • The film recouped more than seven times its $4.5 million budget in the first weekend, with over $34 million in its first opening weekend.
  • The film joins the handful of horror films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture such as The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Black Swan (2010).
  • There was a brief scene in the trailer involving a deer skeleton that didn't make into the final cut of the film.
  • With this film, Jordan Peele is the fourth African-American director to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. The other three directors are John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood (1991), Lee Daniels for Precious (2009), and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight (2016).
  • When Jordan Peele was writing the scene where Chris is under hypnosis the first time, he ended up crying. He states, "There was a point in the process where I got to something that was very vulnerable. The fun evolved into tears. I mean, when I was writing about Chris in the hypnosis and The Sunken Place, I ended that day crying, and it was a cathartic thing. I wouldn't describe it as fun."
  • For this film, Jordan Peele became the fifth African-American filmmaker to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, following John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood (1991), Lee Daniels for Precious (2009), Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight (2016). Peele also became the fourth filmmaker to receive Academy Award nominations for producing, directing, and writing a debut feature film, following Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941) (though Welles isn't listed as a nominee for producing, since at the time, the award for Best Picture went to the studio rather than the individual producers), Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait (1978), and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983).
  • In late January of 2018 and several days after the film received its four Oscar nominations, Jordan Peele returned to Professor Tananarive Due's "Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic" class to further discuss the film with the students and visitors. Vanity Fair followed Peele as he explained in lengthy detail on what inspired him to come up with ideas for the film, discussing the meanings behind the film, and answered questions from students.
  • Jordan Peele stated that he never thought that this film would be made, and had written the script while in a state of vulnerability.
  • While using her laptop, Rose used the search engine "Bing". Daniel Kaluuya played a character called Bingham "Bing" Madsen on Black Mirror (2011) season one, episode two, "Fifteen Million Merits".
  • In an interview with Mo Rocca, film critic Rex Reed declared that this was, "Truly one of the worst movies I've ever seen, a complete fraud." (CBS Sunday Morning 2018).
  • Lil Rel Howery stated that real-life T.S.A. Agents constantly recognize him since the film's release.
  • Jordan Peele was the fourth black writer to be nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. The previous nominees were: Suzanne De Passe (for Lady Sings the Blues (1972)), Spike Lee (for Do the Right Thing (1989)), and John Singleton (for Boyz n the Hood (1991)). Peele was the first-ever black winner of an Oscar for best original screenplay.
  • This is the first Universal Pictures film to win an Academy Award for screenwriting since A Beautiful Mind (2001) and the first to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay since Tender Mercies (1983).
  • The film was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director for Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya. Ultimately, the film won Best Original Screenplay.
  • For this film, Jordan Peele is the first African-American director to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
  • The film is ranked on the tenth spot of Deadline.com's 2017 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster list, which is based off of the financially and critically successful films released in 2017 in chronological order.
  • Despite winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, much of the film was improvised.
  • When writing the screenplay, Jordan Peele took a lot of inspiration in style and tone from the British TV series Psychoville (2009). Which starred his leading man, Daniel Kaluuya.
  • Chris insists on stopping the vehicle and going to check on the injured deer. The deer is still barely alive, and Chris seems intensely focused on the animal. As the story line later reveals, this is how Chris' mother was killed. A hit and run. His mother died alone on the side of the road.
  • Director Jordan Peele would go on to collaborate with renowned director Spike Lee on BlacKkKlansman (2018). Both Peele and Lee are two of the only four African American writers nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Lee was nominated for Do the Right Thing (1989) and Peele was nominated for this film.
  • For this film, Allison Williams is the first actor from the cast of HBO's Girls (2012) to work with director Jordan Peele. The second actor from the show's cast to work with Peele is Adam Driver for the film, BlacKkKlansman (2018), in which Peele is producer and writer.
  • Director Jordan Peele approached Tiffany Haddish, whom he had worked with on Keanu (2016), to audition for a role in this film. Haddish declined due to being "too afraid of horror films".
  • There has been debate on whether the film is either strictly a thriller film or strictly a horror film. The film had been marketed and promoted mainly as a horror film before and after its release. Yet, after the film had eventually started unexpectedly receiving many prestigious accolades, it was being referred to as a thriller by mainstream media. However, much of the viewers still referred to it as a horror film due to the film's overly creepy atmosphere and concept. Part of the reason for this debate was due to notable awards like the Golden Globes and Academy Awards treating horror films less favorably. It was even argued that horror films that do end up receiving some sort of major award recognition would be deemed thrillers instead due to the stigma of the horror genre supposedly being too extreme and not deep enough for award voters.
  • Around Christmas 2017, on Twitter, a user asked director Jordan Peele if the film was a Christmas movie to which Peele jokingly tweeted back, "Let's see...there's a man with a white beard, multiple deer, a fireplace, a bunch of snowflakes, and a guy named Chris goes down a dark hole! I'd say go for it!"
  • Allison Williams's first feature film.
  • With his three nominations at the 2018 Academy Awards, Jordan Peele became the first African American to be nominated for producing, writing and directing in the same year.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Jordan Peele said after he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay that he wrote more than 200 drafts for the film before coming up with the script that was used for the final production.

Spoilers

  • During a talk after this movie's January 2017 Sundance Film Festival screening, Jordan Peele said that he first got the idea during 2008 Democratic primary discussions about whether an African-American or a woman was more deserving of the Presidency. He then went on to explain that from that seed of an idea, he further conceived the movie as a twist on The Stepford Wives (1975), in which suburban husbands replace their rebellious wives with compliant robots.
  • (Cameo) Keegan-Michael Key: Jordan Peele's comedy partner portrayed one of the "Top NCAA Prospects" that Rose (Allison Williams) researched online.
  • Missy (Catherine Keener) controls her subjects with a silver spoon, synonymous with privilege.
  • Second film featuring Catherine Keener after Being John Malkovich (1999) where people inhabit the body of someone else leaving the person trapped with no control.
  • Body Count: seven.
  • The last name "Armitage" is an homage to the twentieth century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft: It's the last name of a protagonist in Lovecraft's story The Dunwich Horror. Though the Armitage family is villainous in this movie, the use of the name reflects this movie's homage to elements in Lovecraft's stories: decadent New England families with ties to the occult or secret societies, transmigration of souls from one body to another, altered states of reality, and so on. Lovecraft was also notoriously racist against black people.
  • When Dean shows Chris the kitchen for the first time, he mentions that it was his mother's favorite room of the house and tells him, "We like to keep a piece of her in the house." This is also the first time he meets Georgina. Rose then later refers to Georgina as "Grandma" in the scene where Georgina is struck by the car being driven by Chris.
  • Jordan Peele provided the voice on the television saying "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", which is heard repeatedly in the trailer and once in the film itself. This statement is the slogan for the United Negro College Fund, a charity dedicated to making college education more affordable for black students. It has an ironic double meaning in the context of the film, as the Armitages preserve the minds of their clients in young and capable hosts, so as not to "waste" them.
  • Chris has a print on his kitchen wall of a white girl wearing a black mask. It foreshadows the theme of white people wanting "the African-American experience", and so do the house guests wearing black and driving black cars. The abductor is a white man in a black mask kidnapping black men in a white car.
  • When Jordan Peele first wrote the script, he envisioned a more downbeat ending, with Chris getting arrested for murdering Rose and her family. By the time he actually got to make the film, however, he felt that the audience had earned the right to a happier ending, in light of various real-life controversies involving police violence against African-American people.
  • The little speech Dean gives to Chris about Walter and Georgina, specifically how he says "they've been with us forever, and we couldn't bear to see them go", is a lie because Dean is not speaking about them, but about his parents. The Coagula procedure was created so that Dean's parents could literally remain with them forever, by inhabiting the bodies of their servants via the Sunken Place.
  • Rose wasn't sticking up for Chris when she argued with the police officer about showing identification. She was avoiding a paper trail. Had the cop run both of their licenses, there would be a record that Chris and Rose were together before his eventual disappearance.
  • After Rose and Chris hit the deer, Chris goes to see if it's okay. Three things are happening here: 1) It introduces the hit-and-run theme. 2) Chris shows sympathy, Rose does not. Chris is clearly shocked by the accident because of his childhood trauma. 3.) It's the first inkling of Rose's true character, as she doesn't show sympathy for the deer, walking with Chris to look at the door or try to talk him out of looking at the corpse.
  • Dean has a lot to say about how little he cares for deer and bucks. "Black buck" was a racist slur in post-Reconstruction America for black men who refused to bow to white authority.
  • On the tour, Dean (Bradley Whitford) remarks, "We hired Georgina and Walter to help care for my parents. When they died, I couldn't bear to let them go." There's a pronoun antecedent slip here, and it's on purpose. He couldn't bear to let "them", as in his parents, not Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson), go.
  • Walter (Marcus Henderson) [who is really Dean's (Bradley Whitford) father, Roman Armitage], never got over his loss to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, and that is why he continues to run. Director Jordan Peele confirmed during the DVD commentary that Walter/Roman would run at night to improve his time, shown in the scene where he runs directly at Chris (Daniel Kaluuya). Near the end of the film, when Walter/Roman is about to kill Chris, Peele thought about adding the line "I finally beat you, Jesse!" He decided against it, feeling it would be over the top.
  • Georgina (Betty Gabriel) was probably fixing her bangs in the reflection of the window so her surgery scars wouldn't be visible. It's the same reason Walter (Marcus Henderson) and Andr? (Lakeith Stanfield) are never seen without hats.
  • "The Sunken Place" can be seen as a metaphor for the paralysis people of color feel in racial America.
  • Everyone at the party is dressed in mostly black, dark gray, or white, with many, including Rose, wearing some form of red. However, Chris (his shirt) and Andr? (on his hat) are wearing blue. The theme could signify a simple "us vs. them" motif, or maybe it speaks to a caricature of American political parties.
  • Chris' cell phone camera gives him his first insight into the mystery of Logan's strange behavior. Cell phone footage has been instrumental in shedding light on police brutality cases in America in recent years, and during the finale, when Chris sees police lights on the dark road, he immediately puts his hands up, despite being the one in danger.
  • While Chris is forced to watch the television, the video keeps repeating, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", which was a slogan for the United Negro College Fund.
  • The knight's helmet seen in the white car has some overlapping language with the "White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan", known for being the most violent chapter of the KKK.
  • Slavery references: The "bingo game" has some pretty overt shared imagery with slave auctions, as do the leather bonds in the chair. When Chris rips the stuffing out of the leather chair, he's literally being saved by "picking cotton". Although most chairs are stuffed with polyester fibers these days, director Jordan Peele confirmed that they made an arm chair filled with cotton fibers to maintain the symbolism.
  • The image of Rose eating the Froot Loops cereal and drinking milk separately can be seen as a metaphor for never mixing non-white and white things. Also, "Froot Loops" is slang for a crazy person.
  • Jim, the blind man, wants Chris for his eyes. In the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville (2009), Daniel Kaluuya played the character of Tealeaf who looked after a blind man, effectively being his eyes.
  • When Chris escapes from the Armitage mansion in the white car, he sees a medieval helmet sitting on the passenger seat. There is also a shot in the trailer that was not used in the film, showing a person wearing the helmet sitting in the driver's seat, holding a modern gun. The same person can also be seen on the movie's official poster. It is hinted that this person is Jeremy Armitage, who was also the man abducting Andr? in the opening scene. The car that Chris takes to escape is presumably Jeremy's, in which Andr? was abducted.
  • After the family dinner where Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is trying to practice martial arts with Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), Rose (Allison Williams) comments that Jeremy was about to put him in a headlock. Later it is revealed that it was Jeremy in the opening scene abducting Andr? with a headlock.
  • After Rose and Chris hit a deer with their car, Chris takes a long, empathetic look at the wounded deer. He's literally looking at what was a "deer in the headlights". Later, when Chris awakens bound to a chair, he is now facing a deer's head that has been mounted on the wall in front of him.
  • At the end of the movie, Rose is left to die in a manner similar to Chris' mother, lying alone on or near the road.
  • A poster in Rose's room has the phrase "Death Cheetah vs. Matter". This could symbolize the Armitages' goal to cheat death pitted against Chris' ability to outsmart them with his wit (brain matter).
  • The song that plays in Jeremy's white car while Andr? is abducted, and again when Chris flees at the end, is the 1939 British song "Run Rabbit Run", performed by the duo Flanagan and Allen. The song was popular during World War II, and even more so when Flanagan and Allen changed the lyrics to "Run Adolf, Run" to mock the Nazis.
  • Before the auction, the man who was a professional golfer asks to see Chris' form. He does this because he is deciding whether or not to bid on Chris. This is the same reason the wife of a dying man (with oxygen tank) asks if the sex is better with a black man.
  • In the opening scene, Andre refers to the area as a "hedge maze" - possibly a reference to Stephen King's The Shining. Towards the end, when Rod is on the phone at the airport, an announcement for "Flight 237" is heard. 237 is also the number of the infamous room in The Shining.
  • When it was announced that a more downbeat alternate ending had been filmed, but then saved for the DVD release, because Jordan Peele wanted the more uplifting theatrical ending, fans and critics assumed that the alternate ending had Chris killed by racist cops who assumed he had just murdered the Armitage family, while Rose smiles evilly at the thought that she will be "rescued". In fact, the alternate ending does have cops show up instead of Rod, and has Rose give an ambiguous look that hints she is confident about surviving, but the cops simply arrest Chris and bring him without incident to the station. Rod shows up and goes to speak to Chris, but Chris' hypnosis by Missy Armitage prevents him from recounting any specifics of what happened. Rod then sadly admits he doesn't have any facts to help his friend, but Chris says that he stopped the Armitages from ever committing their evil deeds again. They part somberly as Chris is taken back to his holding cell, with both men realizing that Chris is probably doomed to a life sentence.
  • Missy (Catherine Keener), Rose's (Allison Williams) mom, isn't upset about Chris' (Daniel Kaluuya) smoking because he is doing it near her daughter (her daughter's health). It's because it will make his body less viable and desirable for the new host.
  • The music playing during the surgical transplantation procedure is a Requiem, identifiable by the Latin Tuba mirum text. Assuming this is part of the score since no source material is credited, it is fitting since both individuals can be said to die: the body of one and the mind of the other.
  • Body Count: 8 * Deer (Hit by car) * Dean Armitage (Impaled by a taxidermy deer's antlers) * Jim Hudson (Heavily implied that he died via the flames inside the medical room) * Missy Armitage (Stabbed in her brain) * Jeremy Armitage (Face stomped in) * Marianne Armitage "Grandma" / Georgina (Head trauma from car crash) * Roman Armitage "Grandpa" / Walter (Suicide via hunting rifle bullet) * Rose Armitage (Left on side of road, bleeding from bullet wound)
  • Dean tells Chris all about his disdain for deer, after finding out about the road accident. Later on, he is killed by Chris using the mounted deer's head.
  • During the "get-together" all party guests are dressed in black, formal clothing. The bingo seats are arranged in rows with an aisle separating them, and Chris' face is displayed in a large frame, all of which are perhaps in reference to funerals lending to the films theme of life, death, and rebirth.
  • When Dean introduces Chris to the house, he negatively speaks about the black mold in the basement, a metaphor for black people. However, "mold" can also be interpreted in its other meaning, a hollowed-out device that is used to give shape to liquid material as it goes into its final solid form (a glass mold). In this case, the basement is the place where the black people are used as "molds" to "re-shape" the white people.
  • When Chris starts to suspect things are going south and is standing in the bedroom talking to Georgina, over his shoulder there's a part of a poster on the wall visible, making up the words "Chris is dead".
  • During the DVD commentary, Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele explained that he had created a large backstory for the Armitages' group of friends. They belong to an ancient secret society descended from the Knights Templar, who are associated with the Holy Grail in popular culture. For centuries, they had been trying to seek eternal life promised by the Holy Grail, and finally achieved it with the Coagula procedure. This also explains the significance of the knight's helmet Jeremy has in the opening scene where he abducts Andr?.
  • The old home video explaining the Coagula procedure that Chris watches while restrained in the basement was not originally in the script. Jordan Peele had planned for Chris to be forced to listen to the James Taylor song "You've Got a Friend" over and over, but Peele discovered his budget would not stretch far enough for the rights to the song. Peele later said it came out much better with the video, and that it reminded him of the old explanatory "Dharma Initiative" videos from Lost (2004) and also the scene from The Matrix (1999) where Morpheus tells Neo very directly what the truth really is. As Peele later said of his decision to switch to the video, "You just get this sense (watching them) that 'Oh, My God', there's this produced thing, it goes so deep, we're just at the tip of the iceberg."
  • Jordan Peele directed Allison Williams to think of her role as two completely separate characters: "Rose", Chris' fun and loyal girlfriend, and "RoRo", the cruel and heartless sociopath. He said he was most concerned with her ability to play both at the same time in the scene when she is on the phone with Rod (LilRel Howery), in which she has RoRo's face and mannerisms while sounding like Rose. Peele added that it was absolutely essential that the audience believe Rose and Chris are in love at the beginning of the movie without any suspicion otherwise.
  • Jordan Peele said that the only scene Daniel Kaluuya struggled with was the one by the lake where Chris and Rose stop to talk, which they were under pressure to film quickly because the sun was going down. Kaluuya couldn't understand the character's motivations in not just immediately leaving without her and running for his life, after everything he had experienced, and Andr? had screamed at him to get out. Peele explained that Rose had become like family to Chris, who was still haunted by guilt over his mother's death, and he needed to prove to himself and her that he was not a man who would abandon his family. Kaluuya then was able to nail the scene.
  • In the opening scene with Chris and Rose together, there are two foreshadowing elements. The first time Chris is shown, he is rubbing shaving cream all over his face ("white face"). Rose jokes that her father is not going to meet him in their driveway with a shotgun. In the final scenes, Rose is the one in the driveway with the rifle trying to kill Chris.
  • Chris and Rod are shown speaking to each other on the phone throughout the film. The only time that they're physically in the same scene together is at the end, when Rod finds and rescues Chris. This signifies a strong friendship between the two, and in the spirit of the film's racial themes, black unity and empowerment.
  • When Rose and Chris first approach the Armitage house, they see Walter standing on the side of the driveway and Rose says, "that's the groundskeeper". However, she slurs the word "grounds" slightly so the word sounds more like "grands-keeper", appropriate, because Walter and Georgina are vessels for "keeping" Rose's "grands", her grandfather and grandmother, alive inside stolen bodies. Dean tells Chris, "We like to keep a piece of her (Rose's grandmother) in the house."
  • Rose's parents both have first names that are also words denoting positions of power over others. Rose's father, Dean, shares his first name with the word meaning "the head of a division or grouping of departments in a university" and "a supervisor of a diocese or other regional unit in church hierarchies". "Missy" is an abbreviation of the term "mistress", as in a white slave-owning woman married to a man who owned a plantation during the antebellum period in the southern United States.
  • When Chris and Dean are walking together in the backyard, Chris is walking with a swagger-style which prompts Dean to walk with a swagger-style as well. This signifies the fact that white people tend to copy and claim the style of black people.
  • Chris apologizes to Georgina after she explains why she unplugged his cell phone. He tells her he didn't mean to "snitch" on her. Georgina doesn't seem to understand. He then uses the term "rat out", but she still doesn't understand. She asks if he means "tattletale". Later, the reason for this is clear. Since Georgina is actually Rose's grandmother, she probably wouldn't understand the more current slang words, and only the conventional term "tattletale".
  • The movie has alternate ending which portrays Chris being arrested by the police for murdering the Armitages.
  • Early in the movie, there are several times when Dean calls Chris "my man" (apparently in an uncool attempt to relate to him as a black person). However, once the movie's twist and the Armitages' true motives are revealed, Dean's use of the term "my man" takes on a sinister double meaning: Dean actually intends to take possession of Chris' body and brain in a modern-day form of surgical slavery. He wants to own Chris and make him become, literally, "his man".
  • According to Jordan Peele, the massive amount of racist events and crimes under the Obama administration, which created the "post racial America" myth, inspired him to write this film. He explains, "Being an African-American, I have never seen my perspective in a horror film. (Get Out) has my worst fears realized as a black man in this country, from the evil white girl who's been lying to you to the lacrosse stick, those things are foreign to me."
  • The opening scene grows tense as Andr? is followed by Jeremy Armitage's white Porsche. The color of the car is very intentional, of course, and Jordan Peele said that the image of Jeremy's car stalking Andr? is a tribute to Duel (1971), Jaws (1975), and Christine (1983) in signifying danger.
  • Rose eating the Froot Loops cereal and drinking milk separately is not only a metaphor of her mindset in separating colored things and white things, but it is also her last meal several moments before she is shot and killed, due to her and her family's underestimation of Chris. This shows that Rose was caught up in her delusional mindset of white superiority while searching for her next black victim and eating a representation of her mindset without a care in the world, not even realizing that the type of food she was eating is her final meal in life. All of which is set to the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, that Jordan Peele used to illustrate more of Rose's character and also to foreshadow her death.
  • Once Chris has been officially "captured" and sent into the "sunken place", there is a cut to Rod outside of an airport trying to contact him. In the background there is a flight announcement for "Flight 2-3-7". This could be a nod to The Shining (1980), which featured Room 237 as the most malevolent room at The Overlook Hotel. The Shining (1980) could also have been a source of inspiration as it too dealt metaphorically with violence and prejudice in American history. The Shining (1980) also similarly intercut an isolated location and someone's attempt at rescue.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Jeremy is seen wearing a knight's helmet. The helmet is also seen later in the movie when Chris is in Jeremy's car. Jordan Peele explained that the helmet is representative of the family's connection the the ancient Knights Templar. The family, as well as the various Caucasian guests that attend the party are all members of an order which had broken away from the Knights Templar and spent centuries perfecting the Coagula Procedure in an effort to gain immortality. The Knights Templar were a powerful group of Knights tasked with the protection of Christian pilgrims. Their power and influence grew, but political competition ultimately caused their sudden elimination, and their influence had quickly transitioned into irrelevance. Because the initiation of the order was secretive and because it surprises so many over the ages that the order was eliminated so quickly, speculation, legends, and fictions have been created down the ages, lending way for Peele's conception of a mysterious ancient order with a connection to history.
  • During the dinner scene, Jeremy scoffs at Chris for taking judo lessons, and praises jujutsu as superior, since like chess, jujutsu forces one to think three steps ahead. In the end, while trying to escape from Jeremy's clutch, Chris does two attempts to open the front door, only for Jeremy to kick it back shut. In the third attempt, Chris outsmarts Jeremy at his own game, by anticipating that Jeremy will kick the door again, and stabbing him in the leg.
  • Filming the scenes after Rose's villainy is revealed, Allison Williams isolated herself from the rest of the cast during her breaks to get into the mindset of a cold-hearted sociopath. This was difficult for her as she'd grown tightly knit with the rest of the cast, particularly Daniel Kaluuya.
  • The Immortalizer (1990) had a somewhat similar plot to this film. The film's plot involves wealthy elderly people paying to kidnap young people and swap brains. Though, this time, it substitutes the students for African-Americans. The film was not nearly as well received. Also SPOILER: The Skeleton Key (2005) had a similar plot to this film, where elderly people are looking for young bodies and swap souls by Hoodoo rituals.
  • During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers (2014), Allison Williams (Rose) said that many of the movie's white viewers have a hard time comprehending or accepting her character's villainy: "They'd say, 'She was hypnotized, right?', and I'm like, no! She's just evil! How hard is that to accept? She's bad! We gave you so many ways to know that she's bad! She has photos of people whose lives she ended behind her! The minute she can, she hangs them back up on the wall behind her. That's so crazy!, and they're still like, 'But maybe she's also a victim?', and I'm like, No! No!, and I will say, that is one hundred percent white people that say that to me."
  • The opening of the film was originally longer. In an early draft of the script, there was a white family that was having dinner and talking about Disneyland while the attack against, and abduction of, Andr? occurred just outside of their house. The family was unaware of the crime happening. Jordan Peele decided to omit this out of the final script due to not wanting to show and do too much without hindering the main focus of the scene. Peele wanted the first scene to be very important and simply set the tone for the rest of the movie so that audiences can easily understand what's the message about.
  • (Spoilers for Rosemary's Baby) Jordan Peele has cited Rosemary's Baby as a key influence on the film, and there are a few direct homages to the novel/film: In addition to the name Rose (possibly short for Rosemary), her grandfather's name Roman may refer to Roman Castavet, the head of the satanic cult in the earlier film, and possibly to that film's director, Roman Polanski. As well, the Japanese man among the otherwise white group echoes a similar character in Rosemary's Baby. Finally, the climax of both films hinges on the revelation that the protagonist's love interest is complicit in the conspiracy.
  • Another clue to something is off is when the guests first arrive for the party, they were all greeted with hugs by the grounds keeper, Walter. This is because the guests know that is actually Roman Armitage, father of Dean Armitage.
  • Jordan Peele made suggestions to the marketing team on the theatrical trailer, knowing that spoilers would inevitably be made in the name of highlighting the horror and action sequences in the film. He successfully lobbied against showing the scene of Rose and the keys.
  • The dark goings-on at the Armitage residence is foreshadowed in two characters: Walter is a champion-quality runner (as was Roman Armitage, who inhabits his body), and Jeremy is a MMA practitioner, allowing him to render kidnap victims (like Andre) unconscious swiftly and without physically harming them.
  • In one proposed ending, Rod would eventually find Chris in a predominantly white neighborhood after months of searching for him. Concerning this ending, director Jordan Peele states, "There was a while where it was more of a gated community, and we get to Chris breaking out. But right before he breaks out, he meets some sort of final test that we don't know how it ends." He goes on to say, "We cut to Rod a couple of months later, breaking into a gated community, going down the main street, and seeing Chris just looking into the reflection of a window. And he goes, 'Chris, I've been looking for you. Are you okay?' And Chris turns to him and goes, 'I assure you, I don't know who you're talking about.'" This ending was contemplated by Peele but was ultimately rejected and never filmed due to its extremely ambiguous and bleak nature.
  • After he finds him at the end of the film, Rod says to Chris, "I mean, I told you not to go in that house." This is apparently a reference to film audiences shouting at characters in horror films to do not enter sinister looking houses or places due to earlier foreboding warnings of the creepy locations and the surrounding environments.
  • After Walter/Roman Armitage tackles Chris to the ground towards the end of the film, he originally has a line in which he shouts, "I finally beat you, Jesse!". Jordan Peele decided to remove the line due to it sounding over-the-top and Peele trusting the audience to understand the subtext anyway.
  • The story has much in common with "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham" by H.G. Wells, in which an old and dying man lures a young and healthy student into a trap, switching bodies. Wells wrote the story anno 1896.
  • Rose eating the Froot Loops separately from the milk was more than just a metaphor of her and her family's racist mindset. It also turned out to be her very last meal before she dies several moments later.
  • Director Jordan Peele decided to change the ending to an uplifting and satisfying ending after thinking about the many tragic cases of Trayvon Martin and other African Americans who have been murdered by law enforcement or those in similar positions. At a special screening, Peele observed the reactions of the audiences, including their reactions to the ending. He states that when the audience saw Rod at the end of the film, there was thunderous applause and cheers.
  • Some have theorized that this film is a sequel to Being John Malkovich (1999). Director Jordan Peele denies that this film is a sequel to the film, but loves the theory.
  • There's heavy use of the color blue in a lot of scenes pertaining to Chris. The color scheme in most scenes is blue-tinted and Chris is seen wearing mostly blue. Blue is viewed as a symbol of peacefulness, integrity, stability, compassion, intelligence, sincerity, and spirituality. These qualities that Chris appear to have has ultimately helped him to survive his ordeal concerning the Armitage Family.
  • Except for Rose, the majority of the Armitages primarily die by head-related or upper body injuries. * Dean Armitage dies by getting impaled in the throat by an antler of a stuffed deer head. * Missy Armitage dies by getting stabbed in the eye and brain. * Jeremy Armitage gets his head stomped in by Chris's boot. * Georgina/Marianne Armitage gets a fatally fractured skull through extreme force in the car accident. * Walter/Roman Armitage gets his conscience taken away by a flash of a camera and commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. * Though he's not a member of the Armitage Family, it's noted that Jim Hudson's head and skull was surgically opened when Roman Armitage ended up dying from being stabbed in the throat and accidentally knocking over one of the burning candles when he falls to the ground, causing the entire surgery room to be set on fire. The fire had ultimately engulfed him while he was still under anesthesia and with the top of his head opened and brain exposed.
  • When Chris tries to strangle Rose to death at the end of the film, he suddenly stops. The reason being is that, besides being stopped by police sirens, he quickly decided that he wanted her to suffer the same way his own mother suffered by dying alone on the road. Earlier in the film, her mother, Missy, played upon his grief over his mother in the first hypnosis scene under the guise of questioning his intentions toward her daughter. Ironically, his intentions ended up being good for humanity in allowing Rose to die a slow and painful death so that she won't victimize anyone else.
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