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All is not right at the pristine upstate country home of Rose’s family home. In Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, Chris (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) head out of the city for a weekend jaunt to visit Rose’s parents, played with brilliant creepiness by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.

Chris, surrounded by a slew of overly friendly white people, is heartened when he sees another black guest (Logan, played by Straight Outta Compton‘s Keith Stanfield) at an outdoor garden party thrown by Rose’s parents. But Logan’s anachronistic behavior, period dress, and inability to fist bump soon alerts him to the strange machinations of the family home. Chris’ sense of unease is compounded by the weird behavior of the housekeeper and groundskeeper, played with brilliant nuance by Betty Gabriel (Good Girls Revolt) and Marcus Henderson (Django Unchained).

Peele, a hardcore horror aficionado, wrote the Get Out script years ago, but it wasn’t until he partnered with Jason Blum and Couper Samuelson of Blumhouse Productions that he was able to turn his treatise on liberal racism into a $4.5 million movie. The seed of the idea came to Peele in part because of our 44th president: Barack Obama’s election spread the notion of a post-racial America, a narrative that directly contradicted Peele’s experience.

“What the movie was originally focused on was pulling back the layers to reveal that racism, in fact, does exist,” Peele tells EW. “And there are people who live every day in fear of it in some form or another, be it on a subtle level or extreme level.”

So Peele conceived of a thriller, imbued with the social commentary of The Stepford Wives and the meta-formality and wit of Scream, that pushed back at the idea that black Americans had nothing to be scared of.

Watch an exclusive clip from the film, which arrives in theaters Friday, above.

Get Out
  • Movie
  • 103 minutes