Jordan Peele has crossed over from comedy into the horror genre though he keeps plenty of the humor from his stint on the popular Comedy Central show. Peele directs this thriller about a black man Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who travels to visit the parents of white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). Her parents Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford) Armitage act pretty strange but assure Chris that they are not racist and approve of the interracial couple. Rose's brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is aggressive toward Chris and all-around a creepy dude.
Chris is trying to quit smoking and Missy offers to hypnotize him to help him stop, but at first he refuses. Chris also notices that the maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel) acts really strange and the groundskeeper Walter (Marcus Henderson) also acts standoffish and weird towards Chris. The parents inform Chris that they'll be having a gathering of neighbors and friends. Chris describes the situation to his friend caring for his dog Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery) who warns against the strange behavior of these wealthy white people.
The creepiness steadily increases as Georgina and Walter exhibit more strange behavior like running around at night and smiling and crying as if under immense stress. Chris is also experiencing strange dreams and under Missy's hypnosis, he falls into a starry dark place called the sunken place. While he is down there, Missy has control of him not letting him move at all. The guests at the gathering make strange remarks and another black man, seen earlier being captured, Andrew King (Keith Stanfield) acts totally different and does not respond to Chris's attempts to talk to him about race.
The movie plays its cards rather quickly as we see what's coming and it all feels a little predictable. The actual evil plan is a bit of a twist and the purpose of the capturing of Chris is shocking. The brutal ending was a bit abrupt and I felt as if it could have been dragged out a bit more for maximum horror effect, but this film is more of a thriller and cultural commentary than straight up horror.
The movie is a nice mix of horror and comedy though I could use more of the horror part of the film. I enjoyed Kaluuya's performance trying to shrug off the aggressions and outright rude comments as his paranoia rises and enjoyed his performance in a great Black Mirror episode. Peele has had a stunning debut with this film jolting him out of being just a comedian and pronouncing him as a great horror director. I look forward to the future careers of those involved.