“The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.”
Director: Jordan Peele
Writers: Jordan Peele
Staring: Barbie Ferreira, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Daniel Kaluuya
Release Date: July 22, 2022
Here we are. The final trailer for Jordan Peele’s next horror adventure, NOPE (2022).
This final look at NOPE gives us a bit more context as to the plot. Are we still being kept in the shade? Probably. But this trailer at least lets us catch a glimpse of what is coming. OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) are left in the dust when their father passes away under mysterious circumstances. OJ Haywood has an inkling as to what mystery befell their family. The Clouds.
Well at least in a sense.
The clouds are either the evil extra-terrestrial entities themselves, or they are the cover for the aliens. While the darkness is coming over the Haywood farm, in a literal and metaphorical sense, we are getting Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park (Steven Yeun) riling up a rodeo crowd asking them if they are ready for what is to come.
Spoiler alert. We do not think that they are ready.
The second half of the trailer dives more into the deeper meaning that Peele tends to include in his horror movies. When you think of Get Up (2017), Us (2019) and the one he recently wrote Candyman (2021), there is an underlying societal or political tone or satire. It is never enough to be overwhelming, but it is always enough to leave you thinking.
In Nope, the aspect he may be satirizing the profitable mindset that humanity seems to have. The Haywood’s had their father die, but they are thinking how the weird behavior on their can lead to some big dollar bills. They are looking for the Oprah shot, and they are trying to keep the videographers they hired in the dark.
The main video guy in Nope goes by the name of Antlers Holst, who is played by Michael Wincott. He notes how the cloud on the Haywood farm has not moved a God damn inch. He seems to have an annoying partner, who goes by the name of Angel Torres and is played by Brandon Perea. It is a little interesting that there is a character named Angel and we are also talking about entities in the sky.
As the trailer is winding down, OJ Haywood is telling Emerald that the cloud, which is not what we think it is, took everyone. It took them all. Is he talking about the town? Is he talking about the attendees of the rodeo that Ricky “Jupe” Park was hosting? Or is it the television studio that is vacated? We don’t know for sure, but we do know that the Haywood’s are most likely the last ones remaining in the area.
Well, it would appear that we do have a flying saucer!
Nope will terrorize us all in theaters on July 22, 2022.
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