Film / Get Out

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"All I know is sometimes if there's too many white people I get nervous, you know?"

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:

  • Afrofuturism: A blend of sci-fi and horror that satirizes modern-day racism.
  • All There in the Manual: 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.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Chris in the third act, when he finds himself trapped in a house with a psycho family. At the same time his friend Rod figures out the plot himself and rushes over. However, by the time he arrives, Chris has already taken out the entire Armitage family.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Even if you roll with the whole brain transfer-procedure, this still leaves the issue of the original minds of the host being trapped in the body on a passenger seat (kinda like in Being John Malkovich). Which doesn't really make sense since the seat of their mind - their brain - has been removed and discarded.
    • It is heavily implied that it is not a total transplant of the brain, meaning that some of the original is left in there.
  • 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:
    • When Rod is explaining his ludicrous theories to the police, as soon as he starts linking it to a number of disappeared persons, the police officer suddenly puts on a serious face and brings in two other (black) police officers, as if they've been investigating something similar already. Rod patiently re-explains to his new audience, and when he's done, all three officers burst into fits of laughter, with the original officer explaining to her colleagues that she brought them in specifically to listen to this lunatic.
    • 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 a white cop, 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.
  • 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.'"
  • 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 dies of her gunshot wound. 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, 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. Same deal with her dad after getting impaled.
  • 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.
  • Brains and Brawn: Several members of the Order of the Coagula — including the founding Armitage family — make sly hints throughout that film that they think that black humans are inherently physically superior to whites... and ultimately reveal their idea of the utopian process is to bring what they see as their superior white brains into unity with the black body in order to create this trope. A disadvantage for the body's current inhabitant, unfortunately...
  • 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 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: Chris wakes up this way 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.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • A 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.
    • 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 taking advantage of his opponent being off-balance and stabbing him in the leg. Also calls back to Jeremy talking about "thinking three moves ahead" in martial arts. . . in other words, don't be predictable, which Jeremy was.
    • 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.
    • You wouldn't think photography would be skill that could be put to badass use, but you'd be wrong. Chris is an artistic photographer and knows his way around a camera, and uses it a few times at the party to note how odd everything is. Later, he tries to surreptitiously use his cell phone to capture a picture of Logan, to try and figure out what's off about him. The camera flash apparently undoes the procedure, at least temporarily, which becomes a Chekhov's Gun of its own at the climax.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Implied to be how Chris' phone keeps getting unplugged in an attempt to invoke Cell Phones Are Useless. 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 Souvenir: The box of photos of Rose with the Armitages' previous victims is confirmed by Word of God to belong to her; she keeps the photos as Serial Killer-style trophies.
  • 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.
  • Dead Man Honking: Non-lethal version near the end. When Chris crashes the car against a tree, his head comes to rest on the wheel which activates the horn. It only stops when Chris comes to and lifts his head.
  • 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.
    • And 'inverted with what saves Chris from the hypnotic effect in a movie with such explicit racial overtones - 'picking cotton' - out of a stuffed armchair, that is.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The silent auction disguised as an innocent game of Bingo game has some pretty overt shared imagery with slave auctions.
    • 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."
    • This Cracked article points out the symbolism of the use of a cell phone camera to reveal the Armitages' plot. Specifically, the cell phone's camera flash briefly frees Andre from Logan's control and allows him to warn Chris to "get out." Author JM McNab postulates that this parallels the use of cell phone and body cameras to record footage of racist police officers committing crimes against and abusing black people; while the footage can't always do much on its own, it does help to shake people out of complacency and realize that some police departments and officers have racist tendencies.
    • The one Japanese man at the otherwise monochrome garden party/cult gathering; "Asians are naturally smart" is 'the' go-to example of Positive Discrimination.
    • The entire Grand Theft Me plot arc can be read as an extended metaphor of the colonialization of Africa, with white mentalities "overwriting" the physical spaces inhabited by blacks. Also, white fear of black culture, which leads to the thought that black people should Stop Being Stereotypical.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Empty Cop Threat: The cop checking on the road kill accident claims he has any right to check on Chris' license.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: The camera flash has the power to help the people stuck in the Sunken Place regain control over their bodies.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: Word of God states that Rose was grinning as Chris tried to choke her because it aroused her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: For the first half of the movie, Rose sports loose wavy hair reaching down below the shoulders, and covers the sides of the face and forehead, as part of her loving person façade. After The Reveal, Rose pulls back her hair into a tight ponytail that exposes her entire face to demonstrate how cold, calculating, and manipulative she really is.
  • Eye Scream: Missy's death, courtesy of Chris with a letter opener. The audience doesn't get to see it, though.
  • Facial Dialogue: Visible in key scenes with the creepy housekeeper and groundskeeper when the original inhabitants of the brain are fighting for control.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Played with. Chris and Rod are both smokers, but after Missy's hypnosis, Chris can't bring himself to actually do so. Dean is a former smoker thanks to his wife's hypnotherapy. The Armitage's don't want their targets to be smokers since it's spoil their health and make them poorer "donors".
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Hypno Fool: Missy uses hypnosis to control the victims. Discussed by Rod when he urges Chris to get away from the house.
    Rod: Look, they could've made you do all types of stupid shit. They'd have you fuckin' barking like a dog, flying around like you're a fuckin' pigeon, lookin' ridiculous, okay?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Improvised Weapon: A cellphone camera flash, a letter opener, a bocce ball, a stuffed deer's head... Chris will do all he can to ensure the end of the Armitages and their atrocities.
  • Irony: 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.
  • 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!”
  • Karma Houdini: The other members of the neighborhood get away scot-free with their involvement in 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.
  • Made a Slave: Played with in a very interesting way. When Chris first arrives at the Armitage mansion, the first hints that something is wrong is Georgina and Walter, two African American servants, who took care of Dean's parents, until they died, but couldn't fire because they were like members of the family. After Rose tells Chris that her mother ,Missy, is a professional hypnotist, and Rod keeps insisting that she will turn him into a Sex Slave, it seems like Missy took two kidnapped people, and brainwashed them into becoming docile servants. Considering that The Reveal states that feeble, old White people body-snatch young African-American to continue the lifestyle they miss, it's not too much of a stretch to conclude that they are in a way sex slaves, since the parasite minds use their new bodies to engage in sexual intercourse while the hosts' minds witness everything while trapped in the Sunken Place.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Chris is worried that 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The music playing during the surgical transplantation procedure is a Requiem, identifiable by the Latin Tuba mirum text.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Andre has one when he struggles to break free of his Mind Control.
  • 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.
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The song heard in the first thirty seconds of the movie's official trailer is "Ghosts of Things to Come" from the soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream.
  • Red Herring:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the climax, Chris feigns being asleep in order to get the Armitages to drop their guard, then takes the opportunity to escape. But not before seeking out every member of the family in order to dole out their well-deserved deaths in a calm yet merciless fashion.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Plenty, during Chris' escape from the house. First, he resists hypnosis by literally picking cotton — in this case, out of the armchair he was seated in — so that he could stuff it into his ears. He knocks out Jeremy with a bocce ball (bocce being a stereotypically upper-class sport), and kills Dean by ramming him with the antlers of a mounted male deer head, i.e. a buck (an old-timey slur for a black man).
    • All the party guests/ cultists arrive at the party in black cars. It could be seen as white minds controlling black bodies.
  • 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.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Chris finds himself in a basement of a house that is far away from any neighbor to hear him screaming.
  • Secret Society Group Picture: The Armitage family photo after Dean’s father officially establishes their new family business.
  • 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 Coagula 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 (1968).
    • 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.
    • During the scene where Rod is trying to call Chris while at the airport, an announcement is heard for Flight 237. According to Peele, this was a Shout-Out to The Shining.
    • 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.
    • Rod warns Chris that he is "in some Eyes Wide Shut situation".
    • 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 Blacks.
  • 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 is strangling 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.
  • 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).
  • Stealth Pun: The image of Rose eating Froot Loops and milk separately can be seen as a metaphor for never mixing nonwhite and white things. Also, "Froot Loops" is slang for a crazy person.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The Teaser: The opening scene showing a Red Shirt getting abducted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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