Film / Get Out

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Get Out is a 2017 horror/racial satire film written and directed by Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

Chris (Kaluuya) goes with his girlfriend Rose (Williams) to meet her parents, Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford), for the first time. Already anxious that her white parents will not accept him, Chris notices certain oddities about the idyllic property ... Missy and Dean's unusually docile black servants, and how their friends seem to take an oddly urgent shine to him.

When one of the family's friends seems to snap and tells Chris to get out, he stumbles onto a strange conspiracy, and finds that getting out is much harder than it seems…

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This film contains the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Dean's father raised his son to become a neurosurgeon specifically for his special and exceedingly unethical procedure.
    • Dean and Missy went on to raise their own son and daughter from a very young age to be a violent drunken psychopath who abducts victims and will have the medical knowledge to do the procedure himself one day, and a stalking horse who seduces victims to bring home respectively.
  • Adult Fear: Chris discovers that his girlfriend of 5 months has been leading him on the entire time with the intention of (for all intents and purposes) murdering him.
  • Affably Evil: Jim, the blind art dealer who "buys" Chris at the auction, is the only partygoer to hold a normal conversation with him, and even when he reveals to Chris what his true intentions are he calmly reassures him that he's not doing this because he's racist but because he sincerely admires Chris's photographic eye.
  • The Alcoholic: Jeremy.
  • All Just a Dream: Chris wakes up in the middle of the night and runs into Missy, who hypnotizes him until he's left paralyzed, his consciousness sinking in a black abyss, prisoner of his own body... then he wakes up with a start in his bed. Later, to his horror, he realizes That Was Not a Dream.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Considering the mother is a skilled hypnotist, we'll never know for sure just how culpable Rose, Jeremy or even Dean were in their atrocities.
  • And I Must Scream: The ultimate fate of the original inhabitants of the Armitage family servants' bodies. Their consciousness has been overwritten by their new masters'… but not completely. There's still a sliver of the original host left — enough to feel horror and disgust, but completely helpless and forced to witness everything that happens to them.
  • And Starring: Catherine Keener
  • Animal Motifs: Deer. Rose and Chris hit one on their way to the house, there are deer statues all over the house, and Dean goes on an unusually aggressive spiel about how deer are invading the landscape and ought to be shot on sight. Later, Chris kills Dean with the taxidermied deer head, and Rose pursues him through the woods with a hunting rifle.
  • Arc Words:
    • From the trailer: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".
    • From the film itself, variations on "just like one of the family".
    • "Dead by the side of the road" comes up a lot - it's how Chris' mother dies, how the deer Chris and Rose hit with their car dies, what Dean says he thinks should happen to all deer, and how Chris leaves Rose at the end.
  • Asshole Victims: The Armitages, as they're (possibly) all dead by the end of the movie, as is Jim.
  • Ate His Gun: The Armitage family groundskeeper, in a brief moment wherein the body's original owner gets his mind back; see And I Must Scream, above.
  • Auction of Evil: The first sign that things don't just seem sinister but actually are? The older guests go off with Dean to play Bingo. The Bingo cards all have Bingo already on one row, and are used to disguise the silent auction to determine who gets Chris' body.
  • Audience Surrogate: Word of God confirms that both Chris and Rodney are supposed to fill this role for black horror fans. Chris acts like a normal person would in this scenario without being an idiot, and Rodney asks questions and figures things out the way the audience is as the plot goes on (minus throwing "sex slave" into every theory).
  • Bait and Switch: At the very end of the film as Chris is standing over the injured Rose, a police car pulls up. For a moment it seems that it will be the cop who Rose had accused of racism from the start of the story, who'll suspect Chris, arrest him or even kill him. Rose smiles in anticipation - but it turns out to be Rod in his TSA car, having come to rescue Chris.
  • Bait the Dog: Rose acts offended when the police officer asks for Chris' ID and refuses to let Chris hand it over, ostensibly because she thinks Chris is being harassed due to his race. Turns out the real reason for her obstinance is she didn't want any official documentation that her and Chris were together so close to her home.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Chris. The guy tries like a champ to put up with the weirdness and presumption of the Armitages and their creepy friends. But once he knows what they have in store for him? All bets are off.
  • Bi the Way: Possibly Rose, judging from the shot of her with a former girlfriend in her shoebox of trophies. If so, both evil and bi, but not a Depraved Bisexual.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: All four Armitages are roughly equal partners in the evil plan, though Missy seems to be highest on the totem pole. Grandfather Roman is the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rod shows up at the end of the film in his TSA car and takes Chris home.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Armitages, given that they developed a process involving the hypnosis and mind transference of black people.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The ominous Swahili whispering that plays over the drive to the Armitage residence ("Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga" on the soundtrack) has some very good advice for Chris. In the words of composer Michael Abels:
    Abels: "I wrote some phrases these souls might say, and then read the Swahili translations aloud to see what music occurred to me. Out of that process I wrote a couple of demos, and Jordan chose one of them, "Minor Trouble – Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga," to be the main title for the film. The translation, allowing for some poetic license, is: 'Brother, listen to the elders. Run! Brother, listen to the truth. Run, run far away! Save yourself.'"
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Armitages, who sincerely want to be seen as gracious hosts and enlightened liberals but end up showing their true colors despite themselves. Their son Jeremy shows his true colors faster than most. His sister Rose is one of these and then some, with a side of Black Widow as well.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Chris survives his torture, fights and kills most of the Armitages, is rescued by Rod while the Armitage house is most likely burned to the ground and Rose is left for dead. However, Georgina and Walter (who were victims of the Armitages as much as Chris was) are dead, and Chris is left bloodied, injured, betrayed by the one he thought he loved and most likely traumatized for life. Chris might face questioning by the police in connection with the Armitages' deaths, which could very well mean trouble for him, and he isn't cured of Missy's hypnotism and Andre is still hypnotized and trapped in his own body.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Necessarily subverted by the whole conceit of the film. All of the victims are black, and don't exactly "die". In the final act where Chris is killing the Armitages, this is actually inverted. The family members still in white bodies, as well as Jim, are dispatched first, with Georgina and Walter - to the extent that these characters even qualify as black people - dying only before Rose.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: One of the party guests asks Rose about this directly, much to Chris and Rose’s shock and embarrassment. Turns out the guest was trying to decide whether Chris was worth bidding on.
  • Black Like Me: Subtly discussed by the Asian partygoer, who asks Chris whether he finds the black experience to be more advantageous or disadvantageous. The man is really trying to decide whether his life will be easier if he becomes black.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Rose has this after being shot.
  • Body Surf: Through a mix of brain surgery and hypnosis, the Armitages can essentially move the consciousness of one person to another while stifling the mind of the new body's original owner.
  • Book Ends: The main title theme that plays at both the beginning and ending of the movie.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: A lot of the satire of the film comes from subverting this trope. The Armitages are an upper-class white family who go out of their way to state their liberal racial beliefs, including cheering on black celebrities such as Jesse Owens, Barack Obama and Tiger Woods, which ultimately come across as oddly patronizing. Ultimately it's revealed that they really do think black people are great. Physically. So great that they'll do anything to possess that physical greatness for themselves.
  • Call-Back: Chris’ mother is killed in a hit-and-run when he was 11, and he later tells Rose that she bled out on the side of the road for hours. When Chris accidentally runs down Georgina her unconscious body is reminiscent of how his mom likely looked. And when Rod finally rescues Chris, they leave Rose bleeding out on the side of the road.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: By the time Rodney arrives to look for his best friend, Chris has pretty much single-handily decimated the Armitages' household with only Rose left. The most he does is just drive Chris out of there once all is said and done, leaving Rose to bleed out on the road.
  • The Cameo: Keegan-Michael Key shows up as one of the NCAA players that Rose plans on targeting.
  • Cassandra Truth: Rodney's concern for Chris is completely genuine. He goes to the police and describes in detail how he came to the conclusion that Rose's family is abducting and enslaving black people, the most recent being his friend Chris. The shot changes, and one police officer becomes three. Rodney retells his story with increased urgency, only for the three police officers, all Black people themselves, to burst out laughing.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Played with. Chris wakes up after his first hypnosis session with Missy where he ends up in the Sunken Place, terrified and voiceless like this, convinced at first that he had a bad dream.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A Subverted Trope. At the climax of the film, when Chris is attempting to strangle Rose, police sirens suddenly go off and the audience are led to believe that the, presumably, racist cop who tried to accost Chris early in the film was returning. It's actually Rod, having come to rescue Chris.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Another Subverted Trope. Jeremy mentions early in the second act of being a fan of Mixed Martial Arts and drunkenly attempts to put Chris in a chokehold. In the climax of the film, Jeremy attempts the move again on Chris in order to knock him out and prevent him from escaping the house. Chris is still able to break out of it.
    • Rod boasts that TSA agents are highly trained as investigators, better even than professional police detectives. This proves to be true, as Rod finds the Armitages' home and comes to Chris' rescue.
    • More of a nervous habit than a skill: Chris claws the ends of the armchair arms when reliving his guilt over his mother’s death, which then becomes a part of his hypnotic stress behavior. When he does this to the armchair in the basement, he scratches away the leather and rips open the cotton, which he then uses to plug his ears to avoid the next hypnotic spell.
    • Also averted in Chris's fight with Jeremy at the door. Chris's experience with judo is referenced during dinner, and he winds up in the perfect position for the stereotypical "shoulder throw", but takes another tactic.
    • Jeremy's jiu jitsu is subverted as well, or rather turned against him, in the final fight. He references learning through jiu jitsu how to use his brain and tactics to overpower a stronger opponent. Chris overpowers Jeremy this same way by noting Jeremy's automatic kicking the door shut when he attempts to open it, and using this to break the doorknob off and fashion it into a weapon.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Implied to be how Chris' phone keeps getting unplugged. Later, Rose "misplacing" her car keys. Both are subversions, as both turn out to be deliberate sabotage by her.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The villains' evil plan would likely have succeeded had not, by pure chance, one of their victims turned out to be someone Chris and Rodney knew. Keep in mind there are eight million people in New York City.
  • Creepy Housekeeper: Georgina, who's tidier and more attractive than most examples of this trope but still deeply off.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Rodney has bad vibes about Chris' visit from the get-go and suspects something off about Rose's family. Given his personality, however, he rambles about sex slavery and Jeffrey Dahmer. Horrifyingly, he's about 25% right on that, given what the Armitages are using their new healthy bodies for.
  • Cult: The Order of the Coagula, founded by Roman Armitage and now run by his descendants, whose elderly members aim to achieve immortality by transplanting their brains into younger bodies.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: The Armitage family turns out to be cultivating young, healthy black bodies for brain transplantation with their older, wealthy members. It's specified that the original brain stem has to remain intact, so the original host is still deep within the mind but can't control anything. The actual implications of this are revolutionary, as it means being able to swap out parts of the brain for another. That would make individual elements of the brain viable for replacement the same way someone would be a heart or liver donor. Of course, using it to achieve semi-immortality is interesting by itself. Also, the Armitages probably do make a profit out of it, since they auction black bodies to their neighbors and friends..
  • Death by Irony: When Chris and Rose tell the Armitages about the deer they hit, Dean says that they did a good thing as he hates deer and believes they are ruining the ecosystem. Chris later stabs Dean through the throat with a mounted deer head.
  • Determinator: Georgina is the only victim of the Armitages who has any success in resisting without assistance from a camera flash.
    • Despite being inflicted a severe head wound by Chris, Jeremy still tries (unsuccessfully) to stop him from escaping.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The silent auction disguised as an innocent game of Bingo, anviliciously so.
    • During Chris's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, we see Rose sitting in her room in all-white clothing, looking at top black NCAA prospects while drinking white milk through a black straw.
      • Not only is she dressed in all white clothing and drinking milk but she has a bowl of dry Fruit Loops next to her, separated from the white milk...
    • Dean's rant against deer after Rose and Chris mention hitting one with her car.
    Dean: You know what I say? I say, "One down, a couple hundred thousand to go."
    Missy: Dean!
    Rose: Dad!
    Dean: No, I don't mean to get on my high horse, but I'm telling ya—I do not like the deer. I'm sick of it, they're taking over. They're like rats. They're destroying the ecosystem. I see a dead deer on the side of the road, I tell myself "That's a start."
    • Jim Hudson, a blind art dealer, is the only guest at the party who talks to Chris normal and comfortably. Despite this, he later takes part in the silent auction and wins the bidding to steal Chris' body. Despite all of this, Jim is quick to deny race was factor in his decisions. In other words, Jim is a commentary on those who dismiss racism by claiming to be "color-blind."
  • The Dog Bites Back: With Chris's help, Walter's original identity reasserts itself. Walter then stands above the subdued Chris and asks Rose to "let me do it." She hands him the gun with no hesitation. Boom.
  • Double-Meaning Title: With the obvious interpretation being a Red Herring. You probably think at first that it means Rose's racist parents want Chris to stop dating their daughter and "get out" of their house and their lives. The truth is that something far, far worse is going on, and the warning is a genuine plea for him to run while he still can.
  • Dying as Yourself: Walter, right after he shoots Rose.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending Thanks to the timely arrival of Rod and a carefully-crafted escape plan, Chris is able to get out after undergoing days of mental torture.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The blind art gallery owner insists he's this—he's willing to steal Chris's body, but unlike the Armitage family, it's not because Chris is black, but because he wants Chris's "eye" (both Chris's ability to see and his gift for photography).
  • The Everyman: Chris. Peele stated that he wrote him to behave as he believed a normal - though intelligent! - person would if they found themselves trapped in a horror movie.
  • Everything Is Racist: Low-key Played for Drama — Chris starts to wonder which of the weekend's uncomfortable events are really all that weird (whether due to prejudice or something worse) and whether they're just manifestations of his own sensitivity and discomfort. Rose insists that her family are awkward and unhip, but not actually racist or even conservative. Rose is using this ambiguity to gaslight Chris into mistrusting his own intuition until it's too late.
  • Evil All Along: Turns out Rose was a part of the plan all along.
  • Evil Cripple:
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Georgina. Chris suspects her of passive-aggressive jabs like unplugging his phone. Later, as he flees the Armitage estate, Georgina/Grandma finally attacks him directly. At this point Chris has killed most of the family, but Grandma's cry of rage is "You ruined my house!"
    • Grandpa Armitage lost to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Trials, which is implied to be what impelled him to found his organization.
  • Evil Old Folks: Rose's grandmother and grandfather, who are smarmy mind-control cultists with a downright eugenicist bent. By extension, the merely middle-aged host bodies they've taken over, whose quaint mannerisms just come across creepy. Also, the entire party.
  • Exact Words:
    • When Dean explains his black servants to Chris, he says they were hired to take care of his parents, and that when they died, he didn't want to get rid of them, because they felt like family.
    • Dean also tells Chris that the basement is closed off because of a “black mold” problem downstairs. Molding black people is literally what they're doing down there.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: The Armitage family (except Jeremy), but especially Rose.
  • Facial Horror: Very minor example, but after the secret of the Armitage servants is revealed, we later see the surgery scars on their foreheads.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Chris blames himself for his mother’s death, because he failed to call 911 when she didn’t come home. Instead he just watched TV, while his mother bled out from a hit and run.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The original personalities of the Armitages' servants and Andre are still in there, trapped to watch as someone else controls their bodies. This is kind of proven when Chris is able to wake one servant up at the end and he kills himself not long after.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Armitages and their co-conspirators, every damned one of them.
  • A Fête Worse Than Death: Rose brings Chris back home to meet her family on the weekend of an "annual" get-together held at the house.
  • Fighting from the Inside:
    • When Chris confronts the housekeeper Georgina, her face and voice are superficially reassuring but her mannerisms (and the tears in her eyes) suggest this trope.
    • Presumably also how Rose's shoebox of captured people who were the family's earlier victims got placed right where Chris would find it.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Armitages.
  • Foreshadowing: Has its own page.
  • Former Friends Photo: In a manner of speaking. Chris finds a shoebox full of photographic evidence that not only was he not Rose's first black boyfriend — quite the opposite — but Rose's former partners include the same men and women her family then proceeded to enslave.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Dean is an evil, bespectacled Mad Doctor, whose glasses ominously reflect the fire in the fireplace in the scene where the family reveals their villainous nature.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A subtle one during the Bingo scene: The Japanese man is the only one given a Bingo card with yellow markers on it. Let that sink in for a minute.
  • Friend on the Force: Rod, a TSA agent who's friends with Chris and Rose, helps the former unravel the mysteries surrounding the town and shows up at the end to take him home.
  • Get Out: Shouted by Andre at Chris, which doubles as a Title Drop. He's trying to save Chris from his And I Must Scream situation.
  • Ghetto Name: "Andre" is a minor example, but it stands out when compared to the name "Logan" the name of the man who has taken over Andre’s body.
  • Go Out with a Smile: A sinister variant, with Rose smiling as Chris tries to strangle her while she lays shot on the ground.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: After Rose reveals her true nature, she immediately puts her hair up into a tight ponytail, reflecting her actual, much colder personality.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Played with. Dean is a former smoker thanks to his wife's hypnotherapy. Chris tries to smoke, but because of Missy's hypnosis, he can't bring himself to actually do so.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Chris kills Missy at the end, it cuts away just before we would see her eye get stabbed.
    • A wall and various camera shots obscure Jeremy's head as Chris stomps it to a bloody pulp.
  • Gotta Have It Gonna Steal It: How the white auction party views the black body, particularly when it comes to their desires for the stereotypical black physical stamina and black sexual prowess.
  • Grand Theft Me: What happens to every talented black person the Armitages get their hands on. Chris is the only one to ever get out of their clutches.
  • Greeting Gesture Confusion: Played for drama when Chris goes to fist-bump Logan and Logan shakes Chris's fist. It's just one of many signs that something is not quite right about Logan.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Late in the film Rose sits in her bedroom to relax and listen to music on her earbuds, and thus doesn't hear Chris fighting and killing her family as they attack him mid-escape. However, she does hear Chris hitting Georgina with his car and then goes to investigate.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
  • Honey Trap: Rose, who seduces black people and brings them to her parents in order to perpetuate their immortality process.
  • Honor Before Reason: Chris is driving away, but stops because Georgina the maid leapt in front of his car like the deer did and was lying on the side of the road. Due to Missy having dredged up his feelings about his mother, combined with the knowledge that Georgina was literally not herself and as much a victim as he nearly was, Chris stops to take her with him. When Georgina wakes, she's still the usurper and attacks, causing Chris to crash.
  • Hope Spot: Chris is finally terrified enough that he wants to leave the Armitage house immediately. Rose's assurances are no longer enough to calm him. When her parents ask why they're about to leave, Rose is the one who makes the excuse that Chris' dog is sick and they have to get him to the vet. But it turns out that Rose is not innocent; she's on board with the family's sick plans and has had the car keys she was "having trouble finding" all along.
  • I Die Free: After Chris uses a camera flash on Walter the groundskeeper, Walter regains control of his body long enough first to shoot Rose, and then to shoot himself, so he can at least die a free man and take Grandpa Armitage, who is possessing his body, down with him.
  • Immortality Immorality: The Order of the Coagula members want immortality, and they don't care whose brain they have to scoop out to get there.
  • I Warned You: Rod warns Chris not to visit Rose’s family. After rescuing Chris, Rod cannot help but tell him, “I told you so!”
  • If I Can't Have You...: Played with and given a twist: It's more that from the victim's POV "If I can't have me, you can't either". There is no apparent way of reversing the procedure that has put someone else in charge of their body except to kill it.
  • Immortality Inducer: The Armitages' process involving kidnapping black people, having them go into "The Sunken Place" through hypnosis, consequently overwriting their consciousness, and through Dean's neurosurgery, allows the ageing residents of the town to inhabit the bodies of said kidnapped people.
  • Impaled Palm: Missy stabs Chris through the hand with a letter opener. He barely flinches and instead turns it on her, still in his hand.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dean is killed when Chris impales him on the antlers of his taxidermied deer head.
  • Ironic Echo: A non-verbal example. The Armitages and their buddies targeted black people for the Coagula procedure because of, as Roman put it, "the physical advantages [they have] enjoyed [their] entire [lifetimes]," with the old bastard even throwing in his personal belief that white people are naturally smarter. During the climax, Chris uses the physical capabilities that he was targeted for and the smarts the Armitages didn't think he had to slaughter them.
  • Ironic Hell: Word of God is that the Sunken Place is different for each hypnotized person because it's a construct of the mind. In Chris's case, the Sunken Place looks like him helplessly floating in space while reality is distantly visible from a television screen-like hole, reflecting his own feelings of helplessness when he watched TV as a child rather than trying to call for help for his wounded mother.
  • Karma Houdini: The other members of the Neighborhood get away Scot-free with their involvement of the Armitage's schemes, though with them gone, they won't be able to continue their experiments anymore.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Rose finally pays for all of the black men (and women) she has lured to her family’s home. It’s also insinuated that Georgina is the one who left the box of pictures for Chris to find, which would mean the true person inside Georgina has finally gotten her revenge. Later, when Walter re-emerges he shoots Rose before killing himself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Rose participated in her family's evil schemes, totally buying into their Positive Discrimination and extreme racism. At the end, when she's lying injured with Chris standing over her and a car pulls up, she cries out for help, clearly playing on the stereotype of Chris, the black man, being her attacker — only for the driver to be revealed as Rod, who rescues Chris and leaves Rose behind to die. What's more, she's partly the reason he's there, since she aroused his suspicions by refusing to answer his questions and awkwardly flirting with him over the phone.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Armitage family is this.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Inverted. As noted in Ironic Hell, the Sunken Place is this and is designed to trap its victims in their worst nightmares. As seen in Chris' place, it's being helplessly floating around to simulate how helpless he was he didn't rescue him mom as a child.
  • Magical Camera: The camera flash—from a cell phone(!)—has the power to help the people stuck in the Sunken Place regain control over their bodies.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Chris is worried Rose's parents won't approve of her dating a black guy like him. In the end, he finds out that she's done this plenty of times before.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Rose. She convinces Chris that his worries about her parents are unfounded if not outright silly. She uses Chris' feelings for her to manipulate him when he first starts feeling like something isn't right. She also plants the idea that Rodney is sexually attracted to her, only to use it against him later when he tries to get her to admit where Chris went. She tries to use Chris' feelings against him in the end, but it doesn't work.
  • Meaningful Name: Rod. Those three letters are an acronym for the term "ride or die", Undying Loyalty.
    • Armitage, Rose's family name is taken from the Greek "eremos" and can more or less translate to "Hermitage" for how isolated the family home is from the rest of the world.
  • Meet the In-Laws: The film initially looks like this trope. The meeting is awkward, but Rose's parents seem sincere, if a bit overly compensating.
  • Mind Control: Missy is rather… adamant about trying hypnosis on Chris.
  • Missing Mom: Played with. Missy Armitage asks Chris about his mother, who died when he was 11 so she can play/prey on that when she hypnotizes him.
  • Mood Whiplash: To the hilt, due to the film's use of comedy to resolve (and sometimes ratchet up) tension:
    • In the Cold Open, the scene of a man apologizing into his cellphone for getting lost in the world's most confusingly-named suburb abruptly transitions into the same man being stalked by a car blaring a creepy tune and then getting violently abducted.
    • Cutting from Chris' breathless Roaring Rampage of Revenge to Rose in her bedroom killing time image-searching prospective targets and drinking a glass of milk through a comically prissy, phallic straw.
  • Mr. Exposition: Grandfather Armitage, the host of an infomercial style video which explains to Chris in the most pleasant way why he's here and what's about to happen to him. Jim Hudson also plays this role later on when he explains to Chris how the surgery works and why he wants him specifically.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A minor example. A scene in the trailer shows a deer skeleton jumping at Chris from the darkness, implying that the film will have supernatural elements (or at least that Chris will hallucinate heavily). However, this scene is nowhere in the film, though deer are an Arc Symbol.
    • It finally appears in a deleted scene, after Rose reveals her true colors and Chris is sent back to the Sunken Place by Missy.
  • Not Quite Dead: Jeremy looks like he’s dead, lying unconscious with blood coming out of his head. But he comes back and almost stops Chris from leaving the house. Rose also falls in this category, as she’s left bleeding out on the side of the road, but it’s not entirely clear if she dies.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Chris escapes from the downstairs holding room, he goes into the kitchen and sees Georgina going about her business. When she sees him, however, she stops dead in her tracks and tears out of the room.
  • Old Retainer: The Armitage family's servants; Missy and Dean see them as practically members of the family. Given the Immortality Inducer scheme, and Rose calling them "Grandma" and "Grandpa", they are.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: As the art dealer is explaining to Chris what will happen to him, we get a montage of flashbacks of the weird encounters with people at the Armitage party checking Chris out, and the housekeepers acting weird.
  • The Oner: The movie begins with Andre getting lost in a suburbia and the camera follows him around while a mysterious car stalks him behind. It then cuts to him being mugged and kidnnapped by Jeremy.
  • Orphaned Etymology: Walter, Georgina and Logan use old timey phrasing and seem to have no grasp of modern slang or black greetings. The reason for this is that they're all elderly white people occupying the younger black bodies and haven't bothered to learn current communication trends.
  • Plot Device: There was really no apparent need for Dean to have candles in his operating room in the basement, even more so when he already set up separate lights for Jim's and Chris' operating tables. That being said, the Order of Coagula is effectively a cult, so the candles may have some ritual significance to them.
  • Poetic Justice: Missy uses Chris' guilt about his mother's death by hit and run as an anchor for his hypnosis. In the end he rescues Georgina to try to help the victim who helped him. He can't save her. And when Rose is the last one left, he decides to leave her to die on the side of the road much as his mother did.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The entire Armitage family are a bunch of disgusting sadistic racists. Although it's somewhat inverted considering that the reason why they're targeting black people is because they believe they are actually better than a white man, which makes them in their eyes a perfect candidate for their Grand Theft Me operation, but the reasons why they do such a thing is either disturbingly hedonistic, petty or out of envy.
  • Positive Discrimination:
    • Not within the film itself but built into the Armitage family's evil plan. They insist their organization targets black people not out of hostility, but out of admiration because black people are naturally better at sports, better in bed, more artistic, and so on, which, when you get down to it, is still extremely racist.
    • Potentially averted by Jim. He even tells Chris outright that he, as a blind art dealer, could really benefit from having Chris' keen eye for photographic detail. What makes this "potentially averted" is that even though Jim does nothing racist, he still understands what the Armitages are doing, and that could include knowledge of their usage of only black people in their plan.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: This is how Chris is finally able to escape. He digs into the chair he's restrained to until the cotton leaks out, and then sticks the cotton into his ears. He then pretends he can still hear the "brainwashing teacup sound" from the video and pretends that it put him to sleep, so Jeremy will come and undo his restraints in order to take him to the surgery room. Chris then knocks out Jeremy and proceeds to fight his way out of the house.
  • Product Placement: Every phone and computer in the film was a Windows product.
  • Profiling: Chris is visibly uncomfortable around the police officer, who asks for his ID even though he wasn't driving.
  • Properly Paranoid: Rodney immediately starts getting bad vibes from Rose's family even though he's never met them. It's why he eventually decides to follow Chris to make sure he's okay after not getting a call from him in a while.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Andre has one when he struggles to break free of his Mind Control.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Roman Armitage. Creating a secretive cult that targets black people for a disgusting Grand Theft Me experiment just because he lost a footrace to Jesse Owens doesn't exactly imply mental maturity.
  • Race Fetish: Deconstructed. The Armitage Family targets black people for their Grand Theft Me schemes because they believe that they're better than white people at various activities. This only serves to highlight the insanity and racism the family holds.
  • Red Herring:
    • The supposedly racist cop is set up as a potential accomplice to the Armitages, based on his behavior. He's not, and he never appears again.
    • We're initially led to believe that Georgina and Walter's out of touch Stepford Smiler behavior is due to them being hypnotized into subservience by Missy, but it's actually because they're hosting the brains of Dean's deceased parents.
  • Rewatch Bonus: When you are finally let into the plot of the villains, everything in the first half of the movie becomes this, especially the garden party.
  • The Reveal: The Armitages have a way of surgically implanting important pieces of one person's brain into another's body, without killing the new body. The big problem is that they need the original owner of the new body conscious on some level to do this. That's where the hypnosis comes in. The new body's old owner is trapped in a hypnotic "sunken place", unable to do anything but watch his body be used by the new owner. This procedure was done on the Armitages' servants, Andre, and probably more people we're not aware of.
  • Rule of Three: Chris has finally managed to get ahold of some car keys. But before he can make it to the front door of the Armitage house, he is attacked by Jeremy, who puts him in a headlock. He tries to open the door twice, but Jeremy kicks it closed. The third time is a feint so Chris can get Jeremy to expose his leg and stab it.
  • Secret Society Group Picture: The Armitage family photo after Dean’s father officially establishes their new family business.
  • Sex Is Violence: Word of God states that Rose was grinning as Chris tried to choke her because it aroused her.
  • Sex Slave: A Running Gag being that this is primarily what Rod is theorizing happened to the disappeared black people. He's sort of right on that end.
  • Sharing a Body: Of a necessity due to the BtC procedure. The process doesn't work properly if the victim's brain stem is detached, so their consciousness is trapped in the Sunken Place while the new owner's consciousness is placed in near complete control of the body, unaware that a flash of light or significantly strong will can temporarily restore the rightful owner control of their own body.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The setup of Rose's parents not knowing her boyfriend is black is reminiscent of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
    • The trailer's Arc Words ("A mind is a terrible thing to waste") are the slogan for the United Negro College Fund, an organization which provides college scholarships for African Americans and other minorities.
    • The film's sinister goings-on within a seemingly polite setting (as well as its social commentary) are reminiscent of The Stepford Wives and even Rosemary's Baby (Chris is even a photographer like the protagonist in the Stepford Wives). Jordan Peele has stated the film is inspired, at least in part, by Night of the Living Dead.
    • The ending is a subversion of Othello’s ending in which the Ambiguously Brown protagonist strangles his white wife to death after being tricked into thinking she has betrayed him. In this case, the black protagonist has been truly betrayed by his white girlfriend and begins to strangle her but cannot go through with it.
    • Given the subject matter, the movie wouldn't be out of place if it were made during the Blaxploitation era of the 1970's.
    • Jeremy playing the ukulele on the front porch is a pretty clear one to Deliverance.
    • One of the party guests asks Rose if a certain stereotype about black men is true. In this case, the reference is more in the delivery as opposed to the line itself.
    • Chris' idea of the Sunken Place is very similar to the black void room from Under the Skin.
    • The plot twist is pretty much the opposite of the one in The Skeleton Key where two black people swap bodies with younger white people by means of a hoodoo ritual, in order to extend their lives. Possibly referenced, or mocked, when Rod says that "magic doesn't exist".
    • The plot of having "outwardly normal" people who are secretly hollow husks under someone else's control is not new, and it was done to an Armitage in Neuromancer by William Gibson.
  • Showing Off the New Body: Chris glimpses Georgina admiring her reflection in a windowpane and adjusting her appearance in front of a bedroom mirror. After The Reveal it's clear this is more than ordinary vanity, it's Grandma Armitage making sure that her wig covers the surgery scars.
    • At the party, after he leaves Chris, you see "Logan King" going to have a talk with the other partygoers and his companion appearing to show him off to her friends like a trophy, earning a look of distaste from Chris. When you watch the scene again knowing what was actually going on, it was clear that this was Logan King showing off his new body which he hijacked from Andre Hayworth to the bidders.
    • What in one glance is bizarre late night exercise is instead revealed to be the Armitage family patriarch's way of reveling in speed.
  • Slasher Smile: Rose gives an utterly gruesome one when Chris cannot bring himself to strangle her.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: The film has some extremely funny sequences… and some extremely scary ones, often in rapid succession. Like An American Werewolf in London, it's definitely a horror film first and foremost.
  • The Sociopath: While we have some profoundly evil bad guys, Rose underneath her nice girl persona is disturbingly empty and serene, responsible for the fates of a lot of innocent people. Even after she's the last of her family standing, she seems to not care about their deaths on any level, even after seeing her brother's corpse.
  • Sore Loser: Dean Armitage's father. Losing to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Trials is implied to be what started him down the path of starting his organization and why the Groundskeeper can run like the wind. It's Grandpa Armitage in a younger runner body.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The song playing when Andre is attacked is "Run Rabbit Run", a cheerful and bouncy-sounding song from the 1930s about a farmer chasing after rabbits, which plays while a masked man in all black stalks and assaults a human being.
  • Stealth Parody: The film has heavy elements of this (which is to be expected from the writer/director).
  • Stepford Smiler: The few black people in Rose's parents' community. The missing man acts a bit like this before snapping out of it and warning Chris to leave, implying he was under Mind Control. Peele himself has drawn comparisons to The Stepford Wives.
  • Stepford Suburbia: A seemingly-idyllic suburb… with a history of black men vanishing without a trace.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Chris tells the heartbreaking story of how his mother survived being hit by a car, but that she died because no one was looking for her. His guilt comes from having been only 11 at the time and not calling anyone or looking for her because he was afraid something really had happened to her. Worst, nobody else looked for her because missing white people get priority. Because of Missy using Chris' mother's death as a way to break into his mind, it almost gets him killed.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: The house has a few stuffed deer trophies in it, including a prominent one in the room where Chris is being "processed." It plays in to how the motif the film builds of comparing the cult's victims to deer.
  • Tears of Fear: Chris (featuring prominently in the film's marketing, too).
  • That Was Not a Dream: Chris' "dream" where Missy hypnotizes him.
  • Token Minority: There is one Asian partygoer, while the rest of the attendees are white. This may have been to mimic the actual demographics of Asians in America. It could also double as a reference to the one Asian member (also Japanese) of the satanic cult in Rosemary's Baby
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chris by the climax of the movie fights back and damn near single handedly takes out the entire Armitage family by himself
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Arguably, the quick shot of Rose aiming a rifle. While not explicitly a spoiler, she has changed her hair and looks deadly serious, which would indicate she's not as innocent as she appears…
  • Trigger Phrase: Missy has several, but one she records on video and plays at will is three taps of her spoon against her china teacup. It immediately drops the previously hypnotized victim into unconsciousness.
  • The Vamp: Rose.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: The Armitage grandparents take on the voices of their hosts, though they still use their old-timey slang and vocal mannerisms.
  • Weakened by the Light: Chris' camera flash can allow the people who are possessed to briefly regain control of their bodies.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: A mere camera flash from a mobile phone can allow the people who are possessed to briefly regain control of their bodies. It's possible that Dean didn't know this until it was revealed at the party.
  • Wham Line:
  • Wham Shot:
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • What becomes of Andre? May double as Fridge Horror.
    • All six Armitages and Jim are killed, but the fate of the numerous other cult members is unrevealed, though they are at the very least now without their means of achieving immortality.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Rose is wounded, her family is dead, and Chris attempts to strangle her just for the pleasure of killing the one responsible for his ordeal. He can't go through with it.
  • The Whitest Black Guy:
    • Played for Drama; Andre's dress and mannerisms (such as giving Chris a handshake when Chris goes for a fist-bump) are the first hint something's not quite right with him, and that's before he starts screaming at Chris to get out.
    • The dialogue between Chris and Rod, as opposed to the other characters of color, utilizes a concept known as "code switching". Chris and Rod have a more natural, casual dialogue as would be expected of two black characters. The others, however, speak in the clipped, stilted tones of WASPs.
  • Where Da White Women At?: Chris' girlfriend is white, and his race proves to be something her family doesn't approve of. Rather than overt hostility, however, their discomfort escalates from warm well-meaning awkwardness and name-dropping black celebrities, to casually racist comments about Chris' "genetic makeup" predisposing him to certain sports, to mind control, torture, and attempted murder.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rose attempts this at the end, in an effort to frame Chris in front of the police. Fortunately for Chris, the person in the cop car turns out to be Rod.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. A mind is a terrible thing to waste…

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