‘No’ Brings Alien Horror to Jordan Peele’s Filmography
“Nope“ (2022) is a sci-fi horror film directed by Jordan Peele set for release on July 22. The film is expected to star Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yuen. Kaluuya, who previously starred in Peele’s first film “Get Out” (2017), returns in a new role with Palmer as siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood.
The cast also includes Brandon Perea as tech salesman Angel Torres and Michael Wincott as documentarian Antlers Holst. Together, they join the Haywoods in an attempt to document the strange happenings on their ranch in rural California, as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
“Nope” will be Peele’s third film in which he is both writer and director, having garnered critical acclaim for “Get out” and “We” (2019) and its unique approaches to the horror genre through underlying social critique.
Peele’s way of satirizing horror, using well-known phrases to reflect current social issues and symbolism for the bigger picture, raises awareness of real-world horrors lurking just below the surface. Whether “Nope” promises to share one of the same themes and techniques as its predecessors, it will surely bring the same not-so-subtle social commentary to the film’s overall premise.
Based on the trailers released for the film alone, the plot of “Nope” can be difficult to decipher, which is to its advantage in creating suspense and anticipation for its debut. The official trailer released in February featured a disturbing series of fast-paced, but seemingly unrelated images that hint at the film’s subject matter.
Even the film’s bizarre title can be interpreted with humor and creates more questions than answers as it doesn’t seem to match the chilling tension shown in the trailers. All of these aspects contribute to the growing interest in the final product, preparing audiences for what Peele has in store for this film.
Examining the potential for conflict between the main characters and the alleged ET presence hovering over the ranch,”Nope” seems to take a different approach than the previous two films that Peele directed. Whereas “Get out” and “We” involved conflicts that used the protagonists as means to an end”,Nopeseems to focus on issues facing the Haywood siblings and the rest of the town under threat from something they don’t understand. Their attempts to deliberately provoke the unknown by trying to capture its existence on film seem like their own efforts are responsible for the main plot conflict.
Peele, who also briefly hosted “The twilight zone (2019) reboot, brought his love for sci-fi and horror to his fans. He understands the spectacle surrounding similarly themed films and their impact on pop culture, incorporating it into his works to fit his narrative.
“Nope” seems to draw inspiration from classic films of these genres, with named references from Peele to “The Brilliant” (1980) and “Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). With “No”, Peele continues to show his appreciation for what these films established in their genres by combining supernatural elements with horror and their effect on history.