‘No’ Trailer Teases Jordan Peele’s Final Scares Above The Clouds
Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s no. Peele promises to bring a new kind of pop nightmare to the expansive horror genre for his third directorial effort. Although the trailer doesn’t reveal much about the plot, we can only assume that the kite string attached to the dark cloud hovering over the dusty California ravine means the death of all those who are below.
Of course, this dark cloud is more than just an element that threatens the lives of those who look at it in amazement. But as to what this represents and what is the exact word for “a bad miracle”, we’ll just have to wait and see. Even the vague plot description left me on edge.
But Peele is one of the finest contemporary horror storytellers of our time, and there’s no doubt that there’s social commentary woven into the film’s terrifying visual language. Additionally, Nope reunites the director with his get out starring Daniel Kaluuya. The film also stars Keke Palmer, who plays the film’s lead role – a horse trainer who runs the only ranch owned by a black woman in a remote part of California. Although she has the pizzazz and historical knowledge to draw crowds, her assistant (played by Kaluuya) does not share the same enthusiasm.
The opening of the trailer seems like a joyous celebration of the black community’s contribution to modern cinema. Then, as Palmer’s character dances to the sound of Steve Wonder“Fingertips” from “Fingertips”, the power goes out and an eerie silence sets in. As the label “From Jordan Peele” crawls bottom-up instead of the traditional top-down, it seems to allude to the horrors that come from the sky.
Suddenly the horses moan and run free as if trying to get away from something that terrifies them. In another clip, we see Palmer and Kaluuya trying to see what’s happening around the corner while keeping a safe distance. steven yeun also appears standing next to a horse in a glass box. Again, as no character description was provided, we cannot know the extent of his role. Although I think we could all agree that it looks great with a cowboy hat.
Other clips include a colorful collection of wacky, wavy inflatable men who suddenly deflate, a gazebo filled with what look like alien skulls, and a mysterious person in a chrome motorcycle helmet holding a camera. Then we hear Kaluuya’s character ask if he has a word for a “bad miracle”.
Soon, things start to get even scarier as Yeun’s character, an audience attending a rodeo show, and even a security camera start looking up at the sky. Of course, the scary part of it all is that we don’t know what they’re looking at. But the darker aspects of this visual language are beginning to be teased. The figures are in silhouette. Someone reaches for a hand dripping with blood. The absolute fear you feel every time the unknown lurks around the corner. And the menacing dark cloud with a kite string attached begins to show its violent nature.
Of course, audiences can expect to see social commentary woven into no. After all, that’s what a good horror movie does. Peele has delivered some of the best stories of our time with his movies that have a lot to say about humanity and the world we live in right now.
no hits theaters July 22, 2022.