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The Final Trailer for Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Promises “An Absolute Spectacle”

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The Final Trailer for Jordan Peele's 'Nope' Promises "An Absolute Spectacle"

If by “elevated horror,” one means raising the bar and putting an entire genre on notice, then yes, Jordan Peele is the king of elevated horror. He made the pivot from socially-conscious comedy on Key & Peele to socially-conscious horror cinema with 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us, the former picking up an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, as well as several nominations for directing, producing, and writing. Both films cleaned house at the box office, each film racking up over a quarter million USD apiece globally. The best things come in threes, and with this final look at NOPE, the best may very well be yet to come from Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions.

While Get Out was a slow-burn horror and Us was a more traditional horror, NOPE looks to lean more into science fiction, as ranchers OJ and Emerald Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, respectively) witness objects falling out of the sky, one such object tragically killing their father (Keith David). They attempt to document these goings-on to prove the cause of their dad’s mysterious demise, recognizing that such footage could also turn their fortunes around. What happens next will shock, horrify, and perhaps make one utter the one-word equivalent of “aw, hell nah” or “fuck this”: NOPE.

Some have argued that this trailer finally uncovers what this film will be about, while some say this trailer shows too much. In my experience, though, a minority family in a small town, no matter how “upstanding” they may appear or their reputation, always gets scrutinized and put under the fine lens, and with the clashing motives of “what killed Dad?” versus “this could change everything for us,” perception of the Haywoods will surely be a key plot point of the film. Those who thought Peele was going for an alien film and nothing more clearly haven’t been paying attention to this point, as this trailer has plenty of social commentary to comb through without giving away a great deal of the story to come.

NOPE, distributed by Universal Pictures, opens in US theaters on July 22nd, 2022, with a UK opening following on August 12th, 2022. Watch the final trailer for the film below:

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