Watch The ‘Get Out’ Alternate Ending Everyone’s Losing Their Mind Over
Well, this is depressing.
The post discusses the ending of Get Out. Spoilers, obviously.
With a budget of just $5 million and a box office gross close to 40 times that, allegorical horror film Get Out has emerged as 2017’s biggest surprise hit.
But it’s not just entertainment value that made Get Out resonate so much with audiences — the film’s portrayal of racism in America struck a chord, particularly at a time when repeated cases of police brutality have put the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the spotlight.
Now with Get Out out on DVD in the US, fans have been given a look at a bunch of brand new special features — including a completely different, politically-charged alternate ending.
In the version of Get Out that made it to the big screen, Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris is rescued in the final scene by his friend Rod — who arrives driving an airport police car, flashing blue and red lights. The alternate ending? The actual police show up, and things don’t pan out so well for Chris:
In the DVD commentary, director Jordan Peele hints that America’s political climate convinced him to end Get Out on a less depressing note.
“The idea here is… the house and all the evidence has burned down, and this is a system that values the rich white people and takes their side,” he says. “So my feeling is what would happen in this movie is Chris would end up in jail, just because of how it looks. [But] by the time I was shooting this, it was clear the world had shifted.”
In an interview with Buzzfeed podcast Another Round, Peele explained his vision further: “In the beginning, when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘Okay, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently.’ That was the whole idea. People were saying, like, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ It’s a wrap. That’s what the movie was meant to address.
“These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over. So the ending in that era was meant to say, ‘Look, you think race isn’t an issue?’ Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here.”
Revisit the much-less-stressful ending to Get Out below.