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  • Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.
  • Jordan Peele cited the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing-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 23 days in Fairhope, Alabama.
  • Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.
  • Get Out (2017) was filmed in 23 days.
  • Director Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy's stand-up film Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983). Murphy jokes about horror films, including Poltergeist (1982) and The Amityville Horror (1979), and asks why white people do not leave when there is a ghost in the house. Murphy jokes 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 actors Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Root worked together in a film centered on the theme of racism. The first film was Selma (2014).
  • Second collaboration between Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. They previously worked together 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, creator/director 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."
  • 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 French film La Haine (1995). Both films offer contemporary examinations of cultural appropriation, marginalisation, and racism.
  • Stephen Root also plays 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, director Jordan Peele said that the decision to film the movie in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama came at the very 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 L.A. Also just a big lesson that you can get past the insurmountable."
  • Director Jordan Peele said in an interview that Allison Williams reminded him of "someone you knew and had a crush on when you met them 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: [TSA] Rod Williams, a TSA agent, is a highly sympathetic character. Jordan Peele has said he has general affection for TSA screeners and doesn't just see them as annoyances at the airport, and several Key and Peele (2012) skits centered around TSA agents in various settings.
  • Eddie Murphy was originally chosen to play Chris, but director Jordan Peele changed his mind after it was decided he was too old for the role.
  • At a Vanity Fair screening of the film, writer/director Jordan Peele explained that he wrote the screenplay during the first term of 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 orchestral composer 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. Director 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," is sung in Swahili with the exception of the English word "brother," a word which composer Michael Abels felt has 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. Director Jordan Peele wanted that song because of its lyrics, including, "stay woke" and "don't close your eyes."
  • Both Betty Gabriel and Lakeith Stanfield are part of The Purge film series. Gabriel appeared in The Purge: Election Year (2016) and Stanfield appeared in The Purge: Anarchy (2014).
  • The 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 together 10 years earlier in No Country for Old Men (2007).
  • LilRel Howery, who played Chris's best friend Rod, ad-libbed the majority of his funny lines.
  • The scenes in which TSA agent Rod Williams, friend of Chris Washington, is standing outside the airport were actually filmed outside a boat terminal, and they were the first scenes shot.
  • Yasuhiko Oyama, who plays 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 director Jordan Peele instead.
  • Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. 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 very action, called the "Get Out Challenge."
  • Chance the Rapper was so impressed by the movie that he bought all of the movie tickets from 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 has shown 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 and director to earn more than $100 million in a debut film.
  • After the film's release, it garnered a critically high and extremely rare 100 percent fresh rating on the revered movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes. Though the rating has dropped to 99 percent, it still retains an extremely rare and high critical rating.
  • Director Jordan Peele performed the "Get Out Challenge" during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) when he was first introduced.
  • Get Out (2017) 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 Get Out (2017) eight months after the film's 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 100 percent to 99 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 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
  • Director Todd McFarlane cited this film as one of his main inspirations for making the comic book reboot Spawn (2019).
  • In mid-October 2017, director Jordan Peele surprised students at a University of California, Los Angeles 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 very 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, Get Out (2017) 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), It (2017), Near Dark (1987), The Conjuring (2013), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Wicker Man (1973), and Re-Animator (1985).
  • Blumhouse Productions founder and the film's producer Jason Blum has expressed hope that the film would get Academy Award recognition.
  • Director Jordan Peele has talked about ideas for a possible sequel.
  • Get Out (2017) is the second film released by Blumhouse Productions in 2017 to become a profitable box office hit. The film was released on February 24th, 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 20th, 2017. The film earned $40 million in its opening weekend on a $9 million budget. And the third Blumhouse produced film released is Happy Death Day (2017) which was released on October 13th, 2017. The film made $26 million on its opening weekend on a budget of $4.8 million.
  • Although they were only seen in one scene together, Daniel Kaluuya and LilRel Howery were nominated for Best Duo at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards.
  • Director 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 describes as a subversion of "the perfect white neighborhood."
  • Director Jordan Peele asserted that the scene where Walter is running at Chris 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, director 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.
  • Director 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 Get Out (2017) 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. Director Jordan Peele responded by sharing his message on Twitter, "'Get Out' is a documentary".
  • Director 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.
  • The year 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), and Annabelle: Creation (2017).
  • Director 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, director 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, 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 NPR'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 actually send questions concerning the film to director Jordan Peele.
  • Chris's smartphone is a Microsoft Lumia 950.
  • Highest ever 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, director 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.".
  • The first February release since The Silence of the Lambs (1991) to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. Get Out (2017) opened on February 24, 2017 while The Silence of the Lambs (1991) opened on February 14, 1991. The latter won Best Picture at the 64th Annual Academy Awards.
  • 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 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 for Boyz n the Hood (1991).
  • In light of the film receiving four major Oscar nominations, LilRel Howery has 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's also hosting the ceremony, states that he's going to get him into the ceremony. Howery states, "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 previously 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 organisation - the family name in this movie.
  • This is the second film that Stephen Root has appeared in where the protagonist is hypnotized. The first film is Office Space (1999).
  • When 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 quadruple its $4.5 million budget in just the first weekend alone with over $34 million in its first opening weekend.
  • The film joins the handful of horror films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar such as The Exorcist (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), 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 fifth African American director to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. The other four directors are 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), respectively.
  • When director 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 is the third director to be nominated for the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay Oscars for a debut film. The first two directors are Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983), respectively. Though, he's the first African American director.
  • In late January of 2018 and several days after the film received its four Oscar nominations, Director 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 the director 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.
  • Director Jordan Peele stated that he never thought that this film would actually be made, and had written the script while in a state of vulnerability.
  • Whilst using her laptop, Rose uses the search engine Bing. Daniel Kaluuya plays a character called Bing on the Black Mirror episode '15 Million Credits.'

Spoilers

  • During a talk after this movie's January 2017 Sundance Film Festival screening, director 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 1975 movie The Stepford Wives (1975), in which suburban husbands replace their rebellious wives with compliant robots.
  • (Cameo) Keegan-Michael Key: Jordan Peele's comedy partner portrays one of the "Top NCAA Prospects" that Rose researches online.
  • Missy controls her subjects with a silver spoon - synonymous with privilege.
  • Second film starring Catherine Keener after Being John Malkovich (1999) where people inhabit the body of someone else leaving the person trapped with no control.
  • Body Count: 7
  • Rod crosses off magic as a possiblilty right before he calls Rose to find out where Chris is.
  • The last name "Armitage" is an homage to the 20th-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.
  • Director Jordan Peele provided the voice on the TV 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 racist 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 actually sticking up for Chris when she argued with the police officer about showing ID. She's avoiding a paper trail. Had the cop run both 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) in 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, walk 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 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 and Walter - go.
  • Walter (who is really Dean's father, Roman Armitage), never got over his loss to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, 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. 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 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 and Andre 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, both Chris (his shirt) and Andre (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's 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 TV, 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 nonwhite 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 Andre in the opening scene. The car that Chris takes to escape is presumably Jeremy's, in which Andre was abducted.
  • After the family dinner where Jeremy is trying to practice martial arts with Chris, Rose comments that Jeremy was about to put him in a headlock. Later it is revealed that it was Jeremy in the opening scene abducting Andre 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 similar to Chris's mother - lying alone on/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's ability to outsmart them with his wit (brain matter).
  • The song that plays in Jeremy's white car while Andre 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 the Second World War, 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's 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's 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, Rose's mom, isn't actually upset about Chris's smoking because he is doing it near her daughter (i.e. her daughter's health). It's because it will make his body less viable/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's 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, clearly a metaphor for black people. However, 'mold' can also be interpreted in its other meaning, i.e. a hollowed-out device that is used to give shape to liquid material as it goes into its final solid form (e.g. 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, 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 seeking 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 Andre.
  • 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 the television series 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's 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, in which she has RoRo's face and mannerisms while sounding like Rose.
  • 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 Andre 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 very 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 actually are vessels for "keeping" Rose's "grands"--her grandfather and grandmother--alive inside stolen bodies. Dean even 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 both "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 white dad 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's 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 director Jordan Peele, the massive amount of racist events and crimes under the Obama administration, which created the "post racial America" myth, has 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 Andre 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 Andre 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 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 features 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 deals metaphorically with violence and prejudice in American history. The Shining (1980) also similarly intercuts 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 has 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.
  • Jordan Peele made the sound when the Deer gets hit by the car.
  • The Immortalizer (1990) has 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, almost certainly due to its campy screenplay and subpar casting/acting.
  • During an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Myers," 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 Andre occurred just outside of their home. The family was unaware of the crime happening. Director 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.
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