Jordan Peele Has a Terrifying New Film and Nope, We're Not Ready

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Over the past decade, one can argue that the horror genre has been in a state of decline. Spin off after spin off, one remake after the other—it’s all been mostly recycled material. But then a new breed of directors practically saved the genre with highly original storytelling and fantastic worldbuilding.

You have Ari Aster’s pastoral paranoia in Midsommar (2019), James Wan’s fear of twinning in Malignant (2021), and Jordan Peele’s upcoming science-fiction horror aptly titled NOPE (2022). It’s the latter, however, that seems to have the most interesting filmography, not just because Peele has staked his claim as the dominant horror master among his peers (see also: Us), but also because he’s also brought insightful social commentary in all of his films. 

From playing wacky characters for MadTV to winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut Get Out (2017), Jordan Peele’s shift to horror has been a fascinating case from the very start. In NOPE, whose trailer dropped earlier this week, there is a sense that his directorial style has become more enigmatic and mysterious, exploring the theme of “the-fear-of-the-unknown.” Clearly, he’s an advocate of the thinking that what isn’t on-screen is much more terrifying than what we see on-screen. You could tell that Peele has sharpened his skills in spooking the heck out of his audiences. 

Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, NOPE tells the story of two horse trainers who own a ranch just outside of Hollywood. It all seems like fun and games until an alien-like force invades their ranch. The trailer doesn’t reveal too much, which is a good thing if you’re begging for a jumpscare or two. “What’s a bad miracle?” Kaluuya’s character asks, before following it up with “You’ve got a word for that?” Then a series of creepy, otherworldly events start happening around town. 

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The trailer actually leaves questions more than answers: What’s up in the sky? Why are there so many Inflatable Air Mascots in the middle of the desert? And what’s Steven Yeun doing with a poor horse encased inside a glass box?  

We’ll never know until NOPE comes out in a theater near you on July 22, 2022. 

Watch the trailer here: 

 

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