Get Out was arguably the best horror film of 2017. It was Jordan Peele's directorial debut and due to its notable success and impact on the genre, the brilliant director is now known as a modern-day master of horror. Get Out was equal parts horror, political commentary and comedy, which made for a unique, thoroughly entertaining film.
The award-winning horror-comedy was undeniably a thrilling experience, but it also held several hidden details and meanings that could only be noticed upon multiple watches.
Jordan Peele loves to hide little Easter eggs in his films and he did the same thing with his latest, Us. There are several brilliant, interesting, and even terrifying hidden details to be dissected and examined in Jordan Peele's Get Out. Let's take a look at some of the major ones.
10 THE TRANSLATION OF THE OPENING SONG
Get Out had an eerie, unforgettable soundtrack that suited its tone perfectly. The unsettling music that plays primarily at the beginning and the end of the film is indecipherable because the singing is in Swahili. The song is called Sikiliza and is completely unnerving.
This song is more than just creepy, though; it's a warning for Chris. The literal translation of the lyrics played in Get Out is as follows: "Brother, listen to the ancestors - run!" The song sets the tone for the film and for the terrifying journey that Chris is about to embark on.
9 THE SHINING PARALLELS
Jordan Peele has publicly stated on multiple occasions that The Shining is his favorite horror film. This is definitely not an unpopular pick, as the 1980 flick is widely regarded as the best horror film ever made. But it's interesting that Peele has confirmed Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece to be his favorite horror movie, as there are several references to it scattered throughout both Get Out and Us.
Get Out contains many film references, but The Shining was the most referenced. A prominent example is the moment where Andre describes being lost in the suburbs as feeling like being in a hedge maze.
8 JORDAN PEELE'S RABBIT OBSESSION/FEAR
After the notable presence that rabbits had in Us, questions began to arise about Jordan Peele's slight obsession with the animal. In an interview, the writer/director stated that rabbits "terrify" him. In Us, the adorable furballs represented innocence and synchronicity in a sense. But a lesser-known fact is that rabbits were also featured in Get Out but in a less obvious way.
The first song played in the film is "Run Rabbit Run," and it's the background music to Andre's death/kidnapping as he wanders through the suburbs.
7 THE DEAD DEER IS A BAD OMEN
The first overt jumpscare in Get Out is the moment when Rose hits a deer during the drive to the Armitage's family home. This scene was also the first time that we see someone being racist toward Chris; the cop that arrives insists on seeing Chris' license even though he wasn't even the one driving.
The deer represents the moment that things started going downhill and the future began to appear dark and menacing. It's a bad omen and Chris' warning song even plays in the background.
6 ROSE DROPPING HINTS
Rose's facade was a hard one to crack, and the reveal of her true motives and identity comes as a shock upon the first viewing of Get Out. But when you look closer, Rose does drop several subtle hints to her sociopathic side throughout the film.
One significant example was that she shows no signs of sympathy when she hits and kills the deer early on in the film, while Chris clearly reacts...well, normally.
5 GEORGINA'S SLIP UP
Georgina and Walter are "hosts" for Rose's grandparents, and out of everyone — including Andre — Georgina seemed to slip up the most. Her true identity often came through, albeit in small, easy-to-miss glimpses.
It's been speculated that the moment in which Georgina stumbles while pouring Chris and the Armitage family drinks was brought on by Rose's mother momentarily clinking a spoon to her glass. Missy has the ultimate control due to her hypnosis techniques and this small scene is an example of that.
4 WALTER WAS RUNNING BECAUSE DEAN'S FATHER WAS AN OLYMPIAN
One of the most famous, unforgettable scenes in Get Out was the moment when Walter is running laps in the middle of the night. Chris discovers this anomaly and Walter proceeds to run straight toward him, veering off at the very last second. The scene is shot in a style that portrays Walter running directly at the camera, which makes it all the more memorable.
A deeper look into the reason Walter was running makes a lot of sense; Dean's father — a former Olympic runner — was inhabiting Walter's body, which explains the late-night exercise sessions.
3 HIDDEN LOBOTOMY SCARS
The victims of the Armitage family that are present in Get Out were Georgina, Walter, and Andre. Since the process of inserting someone else's brain into the victim's head and sending them into the Sunken Place was achieved via lobotomy, the victims would obviously have evidence of it, yet none of this is ever visible.
Georgina, Walter, and Andre all had something in common, though; they all wear something on their head that hides their lobotomy scars. Walter/Dean's father wears a baseball cap, Andre/creepy old white guy wears a straw hat, and Georgina/Dean's mother is constantly fixing her hair to hide the scar.
2 METAPHORICAL MEANING OF THE SUNKEN PLACE
The Sunken Place becomes such a terrifying place in Get Out, and the scene in which Missy sends Chris into a hypnotic state and he is slowly plunged into the depths of consciousness was one of the most immersive in the entire film.
Jordan Peele explained that the Sunken Place was a metaphor for the marginalization of African American people. The director stated, "No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us."
1 "A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE."
The Armitages' extremely disturbing PSA that Chris is forced to watch before they try to take his brain explains the origin of the family's "mission" and why they do what they do. The slogan they used to justify this horrible thing was, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Incidentally, the United Negro College Fund has been using this exact slogan for over three decades, so this is most likely a commentary on white people putting a weird twist on things.