10 Fan Theories About Jordan Peele’s New Movie, According To Reddit

Jordan Peele’s World Hit get out (2017) put him on the map as a horror writer and director, but his success didn’t end there, as he followed it up with We in 2019. Peele’s announcement of Nopeits new horror venture and the reappearance of lead actor Daniel Kaluuya garnered quick interest from fans.

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Known for the social commentary woven throughout his earlier films, Peele’s Nope is sure to contain layered symbolism with classic scares. Theories swirled on Reddit following the announcement, many of which were apparently confirmed by footage featured in the film’s recent trailer.



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With his comedic acting background, Jordan Peele injects humor into all of his horror movies that poke fun at the overused tropes of mainstream horror. The title “Nope” Initially seemed to refer to the characters’ reactions to the terrors they face in the film, but Redditor Lenny2theMany offered another idea that seems more likely.

The user points out that the title may not just be the word “no”, but an acronym for “Not from Planet Earth” – a phrase commonly used when discussing UFOs and extraterrestrial beings. Alien imagery in the trailer backs up this theory, as the townspeople are shown gazing skyward at a flying object disguised as a cloud.


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A horror fan himself, Jordan Peele uses elements from classic movies while adding his own twist to create a uniquely chilling experience. Reddit user Jesse4712 writes, “I think this will be his own take on the Dating of the Third Kind but with more horror elements,” a sentiment echoed by others in the comments.

The 1977 science fiction film Spielberg follows characters Roy Nealy and Jillian Guiler and their progressive obsession with UFOs after an otherworldly sighting leads them to believe they are not alone in the cosmos.


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One of the most remarkable aspects of NopeThe promotional poster depicts a horse seemingly lifted up into the night sky. User tianajade01 suggests, “maybe this will be the classic alien invasion movie and the horses are a metaphor for what aliens want to do to humans.” The little alien doll floating next to the horse also supports this theory.

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Animal metaphors are a staple of Peele’s films and often act as a warning to the human characters about the conflicts they will face later in the film. In get out, Chris sees himself in the deer by the side of the road, as well as the mounted deer in the basement, both hunted by the Armitage family. The real spider shown crawling past the plastic toy spider in We symbolizes the arrival of dopplegängers.

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After the success of his directorial debut, Peele continued to produce horror films and even revived the iconic show, The twilight zone. User Impossible-Shock-913 believes Nope will be inspired by the original 1960 episode, “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” in which suspicion of alien invaders causes neighbors to turn on each other. They said “Look for ‘monsters are expected on Maple street’ season 1 episode 22 of The twilight zone.”

After a neighbor is shot and several others are blamed for being the alien, the real aliens step back and watch as humans create their own panic and chaos. The tendency for human beings to turn on each other during difficult times is a theme that Peele could easily rework into a modern horror story.

Skinwalker Ranch

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While many believe Nope will take influence from horror and sci-fi films of the past, Redditor EZ_Breezy1997 thinks it could be a take on the real events that took place at Sherman Ranch, later known as Skinwalker Ranch. They said, “My working theory is that the whole premise is a riff of ‘Skinwalker Ranch,’ a remote ranch occupied by a small family that is ‘visited’ at night by otherworldly creatures.” Reports in 1996 of mysterious and seemingly paranormal activity by the Sherman family inspired several films and television programs.

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The Sherman family claimed to have seen countless inexplicable occurrences, including crop circles, orbs, and mutilated cattle left almost entirely bloodless. NopeThe ranch setting and Keke Palmer’s “skin in the game” quote in the trailer make this theory a strong possibility.

The aliens are coming for

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User racheldeese620 offers one of the most unique theories for the film’s plot, suggesting that the ranchers shown in the trailer are actually aliens sent from another planet and have lived on Earth for centuries . In this context, the first film of a black man on horseback could have been the current ranch owner himself.

They said, “it would be easy for these 2 to come to earth maybe as refugees from their planet, disguise themselves as humans (shapeshifter style), [and] own the ranch…” The Redditor goes on to say that the arrival of UFOs and potential extraterrestrial visitors could be aliens from their home planet returning to Earth to pick them up and bring them home.

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Nope Alien Punch Trailer

Although many reviewers thought the punch shown in the trailer was somewhere between a baby and a human-horse hybrid, Lazyperfectionist25 had an interesting perspective that might provide some insight into the film’s theme. The user pointed out that the hand could be a monkey’s paw, a reference to Peele’s company, Monkeypaw Productions, as well as the WW Jacobs short story it was named for. They said: “When I saw it I immediately thought it was a monkey hand and I thought of production company Jordan Peeles ‘monkey paw’ hahaha who knows.”

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“The Monkey’s Paw” acts as a cautionary tale, warning readers to be careful when making wishes as they can have unintended consequences. The trailer appears to show a county fair where audiences can pay to watch a horse being kidnapped, a lucrative business that could come back to haunt them.

The social commentary

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User Empty_Huckleberry150 believes aliens Nope will act as an allegory of how refugees and immigrants are treated. Using the extraterrestrial phenomenon as a tourist attraction could be used as a social commentary on how America treats refugees and the exploitation of immigrant workers.

Commentator Hooray4Yurei compares the idea to District 9 (2009), in which the inhabitants of a dying alien planet are forced to take refuge on Earth, where they are relegated to living in run-down neighborhoods. They said, “The aliens are a substitute for ‘illegal’ aliens seeking refuge, and the horror element comes from the townspeople’s fearful reaction to these newcomers.” Created by director Neil Blomkamp, District 9 hoped to expose xenophobic behavior towards the South African people forced to relocate after apartheid in 1966.


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While it’s unclear what plot twists Jordan Peele has in store for Nope, Reddit user Driller2x thinks it will be something related to surveillance and the symbolism of cameras being an extension of the eye. The user explains that from the start of the trailer, as the Haywoods film their commercial, the focus is on camera lenses and the concept of documenting human behavior.

Camera-like imagery of the unidentified flying object and water well filming from above, suggests humans are being watched by a powerful force from above. For what purpose they are observed is quite another question. The Redditor backed up his theory saying “Peele wouldn’t rehash a cliche without putting a deeper layer of mystery to it.”

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Being one of the most anticipated horror movies comes with an influx of fan theories ranging from extremely probable to outlandish. Contrary to the theory that Nope means “Not from planet Earth”, drawcifier32 suggests an alternative acronym: “that it can mean Not our planet Earth and it is a parallel dimension!”

While the inclusion of parallel universes on top of alien invasions might be overkill for a movie, the concept of the Cloud Anomaly pulling things through a wormhole is an interesting theory to entertain.

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