You may have heard about a certain critical and box office smash by the name of Get Out. It's the spooky yet satirical and funny chiller that's got everyone Stateside talking, prior to its UK bow this weekend. So what is the movie and why should you be excited? Let us explain...
It's unlike any horror movie in recent memory
Put vampires, serial killers, demons or any other supernatural entity out of your mind. Because the horror in Get Out is rooted very firmly in recognisable human emotion, as a young black man discovers disturbing secrets lurking beneath the surface of his white girlfriend's family estate. It's a chiller whose chills are as topical as they are terrifying, and it won't just be the obvious moments that will stick with you.
Its director is a verified sensation
Does the name Jordan Peele mean anything to you? If not, it really should. A bonafide comedy A-lister in the States, Peele has a massive fanbase through his collaboration with Keegan Michael-Key, a partnership that has resulted in classic sketches like the infamous 'Substitute Teacher'.
Reports indicate that Peele has brought his razor-sharp sense of timing to bear on Get Out, a movie that has its finger on the button on the hottest social issues, whilst also playing itself for laughs on more than one occasion.
There's a really exciting cast
Sicario actor Daniel Kaluuya (a Brit no less – take that Americans!) takes the lead as the afflicted and terrorised Chris, a photographer who gets more than he bargained for when his interracial relationship is revealed to his loved one's parents.
Meanwhile Girls star Allison Williams plays Chris' girlfriend Rose, and there's deliciously creepy support from veteran character actors Bradley Whitford (The Cabin in the Woods) and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) as Rose's sinister mother and father.
The movie has stunned the critics
How many movies – let alone horror movies – can claim to hold the coveted 99% rating on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes? Well Get Out is that film, having drawn raves from several of the most esteemed reviewers in the business. Heck, it's even rated higher than Oscar darling Moonlight, and you don't get more impressive than that.
Writes Peter Debruge in Variety: "Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless - which is not at all the same thing as scareless."
And it's won the US box office, too
A movie chiming with reviewers is one thing, but the proof really is in the box office pudding. Clearly Get Out has got under the skin of American audiences, having defied its tiny $4.5m budget to gross an enormous $110m to date, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. That makes it one of the most successful indie horror flicks of all time, and Peele has become the first black filmmaker to helm a $100m debut feature.
That's pretty good going. It just goes to show this really is the sleeper hit of the late winter/early spring season, and the one everyone is talking about. Do you really want to miss out on the conversation when it arrives over here.