Horror-comedy Get Out could win as many as four Oscars at the Academy Awards next month. But first, on President’s Day, some fans will get a second chance at seeing the film in select AMC theaters free of charge.
Director Jordan Peele announced the promotion via Twitter this week with a video announcing the screenings in celebration of Get Out’s one-year anniversary. The film was initially released on Feb. 24 last year. Free screenings will take place on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
Locally, fans can head to the AMC Cherry Hill 24 (2121 Route 38) or the AMC Neshaminy 24 (660 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem) — two of 55 participating locations throughout the country. Tickets are first-come, first-serve at the theater box office the day of the screening, starting when the box office opens.
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— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 13, 2018
Each ticket requires a photo ID, and only one free ticket will be given per ID.
Get Out came out in a big year for horror, with the New York Times reporting that horror films earned some $733 million at the box office in 2017. Following a $33 million opening weekend, the film went on to earn more than $175,000,000 at the domestic box office, and $254,600,000 internationally, which makes it the 19th highest grossing horror film of all time, according to Business Insider.
Inquirer film critic Gary Thompson rated Get Out with three out of four stars, calling it “clever stuff” that “takes aim at racism in liberal America.”
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 14, 2018
The film is now up for Oscars for best picture, best actor, best director, and best original screenplay. Peele told the Detroit News earlier this month that Get Out’s success is somewhat of a surprise for him, given how challenging its production was.
“Making this film, putting it out was very scary. I thought that it was very possible that the world wouldn’t be ready; that they would reject it or that it would not be received,” he said. “But I knew that I loved it. I knew that it was something that needed to be said. And so, the fact that it was scary is kind of how I knew it was important and that it was my duty as an artist to face that fear and really risk it all.”