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[Deleted Screams] The Alternate ‘Get Out’ Ending Was Even Better

Deleted scenes have always fascinated me. Some are totally useless, while others would’ve made for interesting additions. We focus on the latter in Deleted Screams.

You’ll find few movies with a more satisfying final act than Jordan Peele’s Get Out, wherein protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) manages to escape the nightmare situation he’s found himself in by triumphantly killing all the bad guys and putting an end to the devious operation at the center of the film. And Peele keeps things satisfying right up until the very end.

With ex-girlfriend Rose dying in the middle of the road, Chris standing over her, a cop car pulls up. Like me, you were probably thinking Chris was about to get either shot or arrested. But instead, his friend Rod emerged from the car, allowing us all to breathe a big ole sigh of relief. Peele designed the film to elicit that response, but it wasn’t always the direction he planned on going in.

The original ending to Get Out was a whole lot less comforting.

That alternate ending, which was shot and can be found on the upcoming DVD & Blu-ray (May 23) brought the film to a close much the way we all expected it to. Rose is dying in the middle of the road and Chris is standing over her. A cop car pulls up. But instead of Rod getting out, two cops emerge. They arrest Chris and haul him off to jail, where Chris has a conversation with a visiting Rod. He’s defeated and it’s plainly evident on his face. He knows he’s never going to escape. After all, he’s a black man who just killed a whole bunch of wealthy white folks.

I’m good,” he tells Rod. “I stopped it.”

A downer of an ending, to say the least, and that’s why Peele ultimately decided to change it. He explained the decision to the podcast Another Round earlier this year:

In the beginning when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘OK, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently.’ That was the whole idea. People were saying, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ That’s what the movie was meant to address. Like look, you recognize this interaction. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over. 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.’

It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that 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.

The standing ovations at theaters across the country when Rod showed up to save the day suggest that Peele chose the right ending (and it is indeed an incredibly satisfying one), but I just can’t help but feel that the original, darker ending was much more appropriate for the material. Putting that button of white cops arresting and locking up our black hero onto the end of Get Out really would’ve driven home the entire theme of the movie and left us all feeling as depressed, frustrated and infuriated as the movie probably should’ve made us.

To end the film on that note, in my personal opinion, would’ve made the entire movie that much more powerful and resonant.

You can watch the Get Out alternate ending over on YouTube.



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COMMENTS

38 Comments
  • I prefer the happy ending, to be honest.

  • Creepshow

    The alternate ending would have blown, and totally copied You’re Next and Oculus.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Ouija Origin Of Evil had the same bullshit too, right?

      • Creepshow

        That’s a trick question, isn’t it? I don’t bother with garbage like that. I’m not that hard up to be entertained. I’d rather stare into the sun for 90 minutes.

        • Ocelot006 .

          Ouija 2 actually wasn’t that bad minus the stupid ending to connect it to a movie no one ever cared about. At least it had the excuse of doing that generic ending to connect it to the franchise name.

          And wait….same director as Occulus….fuck.

          • J Jett

            Ocelot006, i agree that OUIJA 2 wasn’t bad until the sucky ending.

          • Creepshow

            Oh shit…and shame on me. It would have also ripped off the original Night of the Living Dead. (minus the death thingy of course)

  • Andrew Thompson

    I much prefer the theatrical ending.

  • Ocelot006 .

    How is this better? Every fucking horror movie ending is ‘oh the hero doesn’t get away! It’s a downer! Blah!”

    Sorry. Heroic success ending for the win vs. generic horror ending.

    • Saturn

      I disagree – most horror movies end on a positive note, usually with the evil vanquished (or until the sequel anyway!).
      I like downer endings in horror movies.

      • Simon Allen

        Hello ….The Mist .

        • Saturn

          Gotta admit that I LOVED the ending of The Mist.
          I burst out laughing at the irony.

          • Simon Allen

            You hardass ….i was mortified !!

          • Saturn

            🙂
            My mum has always said there was something not quite right about me…..that while I was young, if I were ever approached by a stranger who offered to show me some puppies, that she’d feel sorry for the stranger!

          • Simon Allen

            Sometimes it’s the best way to be . 🙂

      • Ocelot006 .

        What was the last horror movie other than Get Out that ended on a positive note?

        • Saturn

          Most slasher movies end with a survivor and the killer “defeated” – positive note.
          Most possession movies end with a successful exorcism and a return to faith, positive note,
          Most vampire/werewolf movies end with the beasties being killed – positive note.
          Most “haunting” movies end with the family escaping at the end – positive note!
          And so forth.

          I prefer “downer” ending personally, like NOTLD and Zombie – where we believe their will be a positive outcome for the protagonists – but no, DOOM!

          • Ocelot006 .

            I mean just listing off all the recent theatrical horror films ending on not so happy notes you’ve got Rings, Split, Blair Witch, Ouija 2, every single damn found footage movie ever made.

          • Saturn

            I dunno – Cannibal Holocaust had a happy ending.
            The documentary team definitely got what they had coming to them!

  • nowaygetreal

    The theatrical ending was much better and is the ending the movie deserved.

  • I disagree. Especially with him saying “I stopped it”. Implying he stopped the switching, yes, but the bigger picture of racism wouldn’t be solved. Would make no sense based on all that racial commentary that came before.

    • ToryK

      Exactly. He’s only one man. He can’t save the world on his own. BUT…he can save his own ass, and it was satisfying seeing him do so. Rod showing up reminds me of 28 Days Later’s several endings. You can argue all day that the darker endings are more fitting, but after all of the exhausting, heart-tugging shit these movies put the characters (and the audience) through, they (and we) deserve a semi-happy ending. There comes a point where you might be twisting the knife because you can.

  • J Jett

    i’m so glad they went with the theatrical ending rather than the downer alternate ending. when Chris ends that vile girlfriend scum i was clapping (same when he killed the parents as well).

  • Ocelot006 .

    I also don’t like the well…..black & white-ness is the alternate ending. The implied ‘Oh he’s arrested because he’s black. Not because he’s the only living one amongst many dead bodies.’

  • Marcho

    Are you joking?

    “I’m TS motherfuckin A… we handle shit. It’s what we do.
    Consider the situation fucking handled.”

    The hilarity of this film is what made it so impactful and equally parts tense. Possibly the best film of the year. I’m calling it.

    Fuck the crappy sad ending. That’s hella depressing.

  • Barry El Beardo

    A cop should’ve gotten out the cop car and shot Chris excessively. This would’ve been a (unfortunately) realistic ending giving the audience that sense of disgust and disappointment that I think the black community have to deal with everyday
    Film was great though

  • Saturn

    Personally I hoped that the cop from the beginning was gonna get out of the car and say something like “I’ve had my suspicions about this for a while, this is why I wanted to know who you were – so I could do a background check on you and see how things played out”. It would have been nice to see that the cop, who we assumed was racist, actually wasn’t.

  • Simon Allen

    Whatever the ending I think the whole thing was a tad overhyped .

    • Barry El Beardo

      Yeh like I really liked it but it wasn’t amazing. The themes were very good and the visuals were great but the second half of the film was a standard home invasion type movie. Except it was in the killers house

      • Simon Allen

        Great performances and quite old fashioned in its basic premise but yeah not earth shattering ….i think the whole faux racism angle was what got people so excited .

        • Bumper

          it was nice for a movie to kinda live up to it’s hype after disappointments like the Babadook and IT Follows though.

          • Simon Allen

            Yep i hear what you are are saying especially with that pair .

          • Batmanfanboy

            Those movies were only disappointments if you have shitty taste

          • Bumper

            lol well I actually think you have shitty taste for liking them.

          • Batmanfanboy

            Yes I’m sure two of the most critically praised and popular horror films of the last decade are bad. That was sarcasm, the more likely scenario is you have bad taste.

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I’m glad they used the ending they did but I agree that the original conclusion would have left us with a more poignant emotional reaction that fit the material. I always wish that The Mist had a more feel good alternative ending even though the ending Darabont went with was perfect.

  • Edwina Gein

    This is what I expected to happen, either this or Christ just plain getting shot, so I’m glad they went with the rare optimistic but unexpected ending

  • Brian

    Theatrical ending was waaaaaay better. Rod the TSA God is hilarious. The scene with him on Allison Williams on the phone where he thinks he has her and she starts with the whole you want me thing was a laugh riot / I Loved how Rod thought he had her and how he comes apart. I would love a Rod movie a la ‘ Tucker and Dale versus Evil ‘.

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