As Adiff 2017 draws to a close, audiences packed into Savoy 1 for the annual surprise movie, some years are strong, other years result in walk-outs, what will audiences this year make of the surprise film… GET OUT.

The horror film which opens in Irish cinemas on March 17th is from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), Peele and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (The Box, Bad Words). The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

Check out the GET OUT trailer below.

Below is a list of other surprise movies shown previously at the Dublin International film festival.

2017 – Get Out
2016 – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
2015 – Good Kill
2014 – Muppets Most Wanted
2013 – Welcome To The Punch
2012 – Casa De Mi Padre & This Must Be The Place
2011 – Cedar Rapids
2010 – Greenberg
2009 – Hamlet 2
2008 – The Escapist
2007 – 300
2006 – The Jacket
2005 – The Squid and the Whale
2004 – Starsky & Hutch
2003 – Buffalo Soldiers

  • Joseph McCarthy

    Great choice, well done ADIFF1

  • filmbuff2011

    I’m just back from the Surprise Film and thoroughly enjoyed it. My final guess was Table 19, but it turned out to be something much more to my liking – Get Out. When the curtains opened, Grainne Humphreys walked past my seat saying to a festival staff member that ‘I better leave in case they kill me’. When I saw the Universal and Blumhouse logos, I already knew it was Get Out. It was a really good film – very twisty and turny. It could be this year’s Don’t Breathe – a standout horror. Grainne needn’t have worried – there were only a few walkouts that I saw and it went down well.