A Quiet Place

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Genre films made by people not widely known for their love of this mode of filmmaking are often interesting precisely because, like their makers, they don’t quite fit in the tradition. Jordan Peele’s Get Out is the most recent example: mixing together horror and satire, the Oscar-winning thriller also has the sense of humour for which its sketch-comedian-director is famous. Peele’s wit makes his social commentary even more biting, although critics claiming Get Out to be fully groundbreaking for its take on racism ignore a long tradition of socially conscious horror cinema, from James Whale’s Frankenstein in 1931 (the creature’s ruin by his own makers echoes that of Black Americans doomed by their past in slavery) to George Romero’s tragically killed African-American hero in Night Of The Living Dead in 1968.