What is horror? Some might say it’s a genre of B–movies or cinema’s cash–cow genre, but these were for the past. Why? Because the new wave of horror films has somewhat taken a new course where there is meaning, cultural message, and special plot lines that open up a new door for the horror genre. The horror genre has seen new level movies that are all parts of the re-emergence of the genre in the last couple of decades or so. Films like The Conjuring, Insidious, Cloverfield, Sinister, and some special ones like Velvet Buzzsaw. But in this new wave, there are films like Get Out and Us that takes it even further with the meaning, plotline, and character design.
So what we learn from a movie like Get Out is that if you want to experience fear, you don’t have to live in a world like The Nun where there are supernatural creatures who hunt people, but instead, all you have to do is to see the world from the perspective of another race. And this is how the horror genre has turned from jump scars to thoughtful scars in which the scary antagonist can also seem very natural and human in the form of society.