Now let's move to Get Out (2017)
- the Holy Grail of «meet-the-parents» trope in horrors. The idea of freaking-malicious-and-crazy-racist-parents is hyperbolized to absurdity. Perfectly directed by Jordan Peele, the movie revolves around every single fear about relationships. The Armitage family not only kidnaps black people trying to possess their bodies, but also represents every bizarre stripe in cinema. They literally try to incorporate the main character to their white community which is traumatic in any case. The way we discover their plans and evil nature is brilliant, and there's no doubt that this work is based on a true story.
In another modern horror Ready or Not (2019)
the conception of family itself is criticized and deconstructed in a grotesque and preposterous way. When Grace marries Alex it turns out that his whole family must kill the bride as part of an ancient tradition. This is a living proof of Sartre's adage «Hell is the other people». In addition, all the mainstream horrors like Midsommar (2019)
, Hereditary (2018)
and The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)
are unique stories of meeting the parents, and it's significant that they were all made in the last five years. Family becomes something - pardon me - unfamiliar and dangerous, and the threat comes from the ones closest to you.
All these films have an ancestor. Surprisingly, it's Eraserhead (1977)
with the strangest family dinner scene ever made. We saw weird mothers before in Hitchkock's movies (The Birds (1963), Psycho (1960)
but this representation hadn't been formed yet and blossomed only in the 70-s. Surrealistic masterpiece by David Lynch is about raising a child, but before that — about dealing with grandparents. When Jack Nance visits his fiance's house, things get weird. Mother screams and aspires the guest, father pretends not to exist, grandma simply doesn't leave her room. What is happening and what does this mean? In our case it doesn't matter: Eraserhead is the perfect example of unwillingness to have a family. Alien baby is the embodiment of this fear, and so are parents.