Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, just keeps on hanging in the box office conversation. The film only took $4.5 million to make, and has thus far made well over $150 million, making it more than a worthwhile investment for the studio. This was no accident or coincidence. Get Out may have been a horror film, but it was one that was the perfect blend of a creepy story and stellar execution. Top that off with a nice dose of social commentary, and you have the makings for a pretty strong cinematic experience.
Of course, at the end of the day, the film is also a horror flick, and horror movies are well known for their alternate endings. Oftentimes, a studio may pick up a finished film and ask them to change the ending for one reason or another (Paranormal Activity is a good example of a film with multiple endings), and it turns out that Get Out also had an alternate ending.
That in and of itself isn't news (we've known that for some time), but, it sounds like the Blu-Ray and DVD will have that alternate ending, in addition to a series of featurettes, and deleted scenes.
So how does this ending differ from the one in the film? I suggest clicking to another article if you don’t want to be spoiled.
In the final cut of the flick, Chris escapes the terror of a house where they tried to put the brain of a white man in his body. He kills everyone in the house, and the only one left is his crazy girlfriend chasing him on the streets. He has her on the ground when a cop car shows up. It turns out the car was not a cop car, but a TSA vehicle with his best friend Rod, who had spent the duration of the film looking for him. They both drive off into the dark sunset and live happily ever after.
So what’s the alternate ending? While on Another Round podcast, Peele revealed that "The cops actually come at the end. He gets locked up and taken away for slaughtering an entire family of white people and you know he's never getting out, if he doesn't get shot there on the spot."
So pretty much the alternate ending is exactly how we all feared it would. This is an ending that Peele initially wanted in order to make a statement.
"People were saying, 'We've got Obama, so racism is over, let's not talk about it.’ 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.'"
So why did he end up changing the ending?
“[That theatrical ending] gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie. [...] There's nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up."
It is a bit of a tradeoff, though. While I admit that the current ending made me a lot happier leaving the theater, it does sort of dampen the overall impact.
What do you think of this alternate ending? Let us know in the comments down below!