In the Watch This Next column, Man of Many takes a look back at a great TV show or film that may have slipped under your radar. Given the near-limitless entertainment options in the Netflix era, it\u2019s easy to overlook amazing content in favour of the latest hit. For every Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad or Stranger Things, there\u2019s another thing equally worthy of attention and we make the case for why you should watch it and where you can find it.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\nWatch This Next \u2013\u00a0Black Mirror\r\nWatch This Next \u2013\u00a0The Fall\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n'If I could, I would have voted for Obama for a third term.' - Dean Armitage, 'Get Out'\r\n\r\nAs the American humourist Erma Bombeck once described, \u2018there is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt.\u2019\u00a0The same could be said for comedy and horror, two genres with a distinct and enduring\u00a0cinematic relationship. From 'Scream' and 'Scary Movie' to 'Cabin in the Woods', what seem strange bedfellows are in fact perfectly harmonious - both rely on the value of surprise for their dramatic impact and are often best characterised by a certain surrealist quality.\r\n\r\nSo it\u2019s proven for Jordan Peele, better known as one half of the American comedy duo Key and Peele, who has made his directorial feature debut with the sharply funny horror film \u2018Get Out\u2019. It\u2019s searing social and racial satire dressed up as a psychological thriller that manages to deliver on both fronts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChris (Daniel Kaluuya), a 20-something African-American about to spend the weekend with his white girlfriend Rose (\u2018Girls\u2019 Alison Williams) and her rich, WASP-y parents at their secluded upstate mansion. Despite their warm welcome, Chris soon begins to suspect something is amiss due to the strange behaviour of the family and their black staff.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a classic horror film setup, but used here as a jumping board to explore the lingering tensions in modern, middle-class American race relations. The house itself, the setting for a majority of the film, deliberately recalls a slavery-era plantation house, and Peele imbues the film with the full weight of both historical and modern racism.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYet it\u2019s a far cry from \u2018Missisippi Burning\u2019, instead opting to explore the more insidious racism of liberal American society. Rose\u2019s parents, played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, a neurosurgeon and hypnotherapist respectively, ostensibly represent the kind of well-meaning but misplaced curiosity indicative of\u00a0a type of \u2018enlightened\u2019 race relations that still unwittingly casts African-Americans as \u2018other\u2019.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s nods to social satires like \u2018Pleasantville\u2019 and \u2018The Stepford Wives\u2019, but \u2018Get Out\u2019 is also charged with Peele\u2019s finely-tuned understanding of both racial awareness and modern horror tropes.\u00a0A natural master of tone, Peele manages to navigate from sketch comedy to genuine psychological horror, often between scenes, without ever diminishing the film\u2019s thematic impact.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u2018Get Out\u2019 marks the latest and arguably most successful outing for Blumhouse Productions, who are quietly\u00a0revolutionising Hollywood horror with a low-budget, high-output approach to filmmaking. It\u2019s a tactic that has yielded great success in the form of \u2018Paranormal Activity\u2019 and M Night Shyamalan\u2019s recent \u2018Split\u2019, but \u2018Get Out\u2019 has eclipsed both in box office success and critical reception.\r\n\r\nThe film has already returned $250m from a budget of just $4.5m, becoming the highest-grossing film directed by an African-American in US history. It\u2019s also the highest-grossing original debut film of all time, breaking the long-standing record held by \u2018The Blair Witch Project\u2019.\r\n\r\nBut \u2018Get Out\u2019s greatest impact will surely\u00a0be in the social sphere: opening a much-needed dialogue on modern race relations and serving as required viewing for those looking to understand the experience of\u00a0African-Americans through the comic lens of a director\u00a0uniquely equipped to express it.\r\n\r\n'Get Out' is currently in cinemas in Australia and will be released on home entertainment on 16\/8\/17.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\nWatch This Next \u2013 The Thick Of It\r\nWatch This Next \u2013 Generation Kill\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.