After mercilessly teasing us all Super Bowl weekend, actor/writer/director/horror-icon-living-among-us Jordan Peele has finally unveiled the first trailer for his newest horror film — simply titled, Nope — and! Y'all! It's! Wild! Seriously, check it out:
RIGHT? What did I tell you?! OK, OK...let's get to the two "downs." Let's calm down, and let's break this down:
The teaser opens with a reference to "The Horse in Motion" — a short film that the Smithsonian describes as "The first .gif" — which Keke Palmer's character notes is a family affair, as the man on the horse was her great-great-GREAT-grandfather.
We learn from there that Keke and Daniel Kaluuya's characters are "the only Black-owned horse trainers in Hollywood," residing on a ranch in California with their horses.
They appear to live a simple, peaceful life...until, ya know, they don't. It's a horror movie. IDK what y'all expected.
Stuff starts to go sideways REAL quick, and the trailer — in true Jordan Peele fashion — gives us absolutely nothing in terms of plot, but plenty in terms of nightmare-fuel.
Now, the ~curiously vague~ official description for the film states that the story follows, "Residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery," but ya know what? I'm just going to say it...
...I'm pretty sure it's aliens. It's aliens, right? Like, just look at this Independence Day-esque shot:
I mean, I'm just saying, it just feels like it might be aliens?!
Heck, they're even selling MERCH of them?! Of the aliens?!
It literally says, "Alien 'Viewer,'" in the corner here! I see you!
ANYWAY, needless to say, the internet all but imploded at the unveiling of this genuine HORROR EVENT, so we took to Twitter to round up some of the very best reactions, memes, and early on theories for your viewing pleasure! Here we go:
So, uh, yeah! There ya have it! Be sure to say "Yes" to Nope when it comes ~floating~ into theaters on July 22, 2022!