Movie #7 for the 2019 31-days of horror challenge.
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On a weekend trip to meet his girlfriend, Rose’s parents, Chris starts to notice that something isn’t quite right.
Within 30 minutes I was thoroughly creeped out, and it didn’t let up. An observant viewer will catch on fairly quickly regarding what is happening, there are plenty of hints shown. Writer/director Jordan Peele’s accolades are well deserved.
Clearly a lot of care was taken with the visual storytelling, as the main character, Chris, is a photographer and his eye is what caught the attention of the Armitage family. The cast was outstanding.
So, this is actually an upscale take on hillbilly horror. There are no actual hilbillies, but there are high class white folks are luring and trapping thier victims, people of color, to a secluded location, and violating them in various awful ways. Peele is very good at presenting the violence of this exploitation using more subtle, yet extremely effective, methods than blatant scenes of physical force and gore (though there is some of that, too.)
Overall, a very worthy film, full of talent at every level.