The tip: The session in “Insidious”. Mary Shaw’s spooky puppet theater in ‘Dead Silence’. The Jailhouse massacre in “Maligne”. If there’s one thing James Wan can conjure up, it’s a logistically complex sequence that everyone will rave about for weeks, months, or even years. Wan insists, “Your sets should be the kind of thing people talk about around the water cooler in the morning after seeing the movie.”
The recommendation: “Get Out” (2017)
where to find it: VOD, Spectrum TV, Prime Video, Apple TV, Redbox., Vudu
Why: “Get Out” is the only recommendation on this list that you’ll have to shell out a few rental dollars for, but it’s worth it. A horror movie with an eye for satire, “Get Out” is about a young black photographer (played by Daniel Kaluuya) who meets his white girlfriend’s (̌Allison Williams) family and they all seem to like him – but not for his great personality. An incredible commercial and critical success, Jordan Peele’s feature debut contains a number of fantastical settings, but the one that got the most cultural buy around the water cooler was Peele’s conceptualization of Sunken Place, an empty marginalizing prison that Peele says is tailor-made for each individual and a metaphor for the black cinematic experience. He gives details of the special features of the film’s DVD:
The Sunken Place, among others, is a metaphor for the marginalization of black horror movie audiences. We are a loyal horror movie fanbase and have relegated ourselves to the theater, not the screen. We don’t have the representation of our skin in horror movies, nor do we have the representation of our sensitivities and our ability to observe problems before they arise, and our ability to apologize .