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Get Out and other horror pitches we can’t forget in a hurry

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It's just over two weeks until your new favourite fright-fest arrives in Cineworld. 

Get Out blends topical social commentary with a chilling tale of terror, as a black man's visit to his white girlfriend's family spirals into horror. Why are there so few black people in the local community? His journey towards finding out is just the start.

Directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame, the movie has generated worldwide acclaim – and it got us thinking about those other spine-tingling horror movie pitches that stuck in our heads. Here's a few of our favourites.

It Follows

The pitch: A sexually transmitted curse will kill you – unless you pass it onto someone else

Drenched in John Carpenter vibes from the sleek, roving camerawork to the woozy score by Disasterpeace, this brilliant inversion of the standard slasher approach centres on the most unstoppable and invasive of enemies, one that manifests variously as strangers and familiar faces walking implacably towards our central character Jay (brilliantly played by The Guest's Maika Monroe). You may want to think twice before looking behind you...


Don't Breathe

The pitch: A blind man targeted for a robbery turns the tables on the culprits, locking them inside the house and hunting them down

Featuring a terrific performance from Avatar's Stephen Lang as the aforementioned blind man, whose physically commanding presence raises the tension all on its own, this unrelenting chiller from Evil Dead filmmaker Fede Alvarez locks us in and never lets up. Brilliantly toying with our sympathies as the ostensible victim turns out to be the most despicable kind of villain, it had us holding our own breath through when it was released last September.


Scream

The pitch: A serial killer versed in the language and pop culture of classic horror cinema begins murdering genre-savvy teenagers

In 1996 the late Wes Craven made a triumphant horror comeback and broke all the rules in the process, blending sly meta-comedy with jump-out-of-your-seat shocks as the film's characters are forced to rely on their own knowledge to stay alive. Adorned with all kinds of visual and verbal allusions, the witty script by Kevin Williamson is both a celebration and deconstruction of what scares us. So successful was Scream that it spawned three sequels and a host of lesser imitations in the coming years.


The Babadook

The pitch: A terrifying demon springs from the pages of a picture book to menace a widowed mother and her troubled son

Remember those spine-tingling fairy tales with which you grew up? Jennifer Kent's superb Aussie horror fiendishly evokes that sense of potent childhood fear, playing with our perceptions of reality as Essie Davis' tormented central character is forced to confront a threat that may or may not be invading her home. With his top hat and long, spindly fingers the eponymous Babadook is a monstrous creation, but it's the psychological questions that continue to rattle around our minds long after viewing.


Psycho

The pitch: A series of grisly murders at an isolated American motel appear to be traced back to a woman who's been long dead...

Alfred Hitchcock didn't so much work within genre as define it. The birth of the modern slasher movie can largely be traced back to his seminal 1960 movie, one that caused an outright box office sensation with its notorious shower scene that saw nominal star Janet Leigh brutally murdered midway through the narrative. As the mystery intensifies and increasingly circulates around lonely motel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), Hitchcock's gleefully lurid marshalling of some truly unexpected twists secured the movie as one of the most famous of all time.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

The pitch: A group of teenagers attempt to survive a hideously maimed serial killer who stalks them in their dreams

Less a conventional horror movie and more a twisted fairy tale with more than its fair share of gore, Wes Craven's 1984 classic is one of the genre's most provocative. Brilliantly playing on that feeling of not wanting to fall asleep (we've all had that when confronted with an especially horrible nightmare), it's a movie that plunges us into the dark realms of the subconscious, in the process introducing us to one of cinema's most memorable boogeymen: Freddie Krueger (Robert Englund).


Saw

The pitch: Two men wake up locked inside a scuzzy bathroom, finding themselves the latest pawns of the notorious Jigsaw killer

The micro-budget horror hit that spawned both a long-running franchise (it's being rebooted later this year) and the phrase 'torture porn' (see the later likes of Hostel), this grisly, claustrophobic scare-fest derives its effectiveness from the simplicity of its set-up. Largely confined to one room with flashbacks filling in the horrific details as to how the central characters ended up in their predicament, it puts the viewing audience through the wringer and then some.


Where will Get Out rank amidst these brilliantly creative and twisted horror movies? You'll find out soon enough when the movie hits Cineworld on 17th March. Check out the trailer below.