2. 'Get Out'
It was the inescapable horror movie of 2017 – both a pitch-perfect throwback to writer-director Jordan Peele's beloved Seventies "social thrillers" and a right-now racial state-of-the-nation address that touched a raw nerve. A lesser filmmaker might have reduced the story of an African-American photographer (Daniel Kaluuya, giving great cry-face) going to meet his white girlfriend's liberal parents – and having the strange feeling that something is very wrong – to little more than a collection of socially conscious jump scares. Instead, Peele turned Get Out into something unique: A straight-up scary movie that laced its satirical jabs with genuine menace, weaponized a gleeful sense of tweaking "woke" folks and gave form to all the free-floating communal dread of the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" era. Released right after a racist President was sworn in to office and still playing in theaters when white supremacists marched in Southern streets, this hit horror film became instantly emblematic of our warped moment. We all live in the Sunken Place now. DF