Jordan Peele thinks “Nope” “transcends the horror genre”.
The 43-year-old director reunited with star Daniel Kaluuya for his latest horror flick and touted the project as “one great American UFO horror movie I haven’t seen”.
Jordan told Essence magazine, “I think one of the things we have with this movie is a movie that transcends the horror genre, in a way.
“The first film clip (Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion) was basically a black man on a horse that was forgotten and erased. Part of this film, for me, is a celebration and a response to that. We can be the leaders not only of a horror film but also of action, adventure, comedy, etc.”
Peele found success directing horror films such as “Get Out” and “Us,” but he wanted his latest effort to be more than just “dark horror.”
The filmmaker explained, “It’s so tricky to be considered at the forefront of noir horror, because obviously noir horror is so real, and it’s hard to do it in a way that doesn’t not be traumatic and sad.
“I was entering my third horror film featuring black protagonists, and somewhere in the process I realized that the film also had to be about black joy, in order to meet what the world needs right now.
“So that’s partly why there’s kind of a range of genre tones here, because I wanted to give the horror, but I also wanted to give our characters agency and adventure and hope and the joy and pleasure they deserve.”
“No” follows two siblings (played by Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) and the former praised the director for “expanding” the horror genre once again with his latest project.
The Oscar-winning actor said: “I love pushing boundaries. We’re in a creative industry, but sometimes people deal with it like they’re working in a bank. It’s crazy for me. Let’s go – let’s create.
“I don’t like to hear, ‘Oh, I’ve never seen that before.’ That’s the point. That’s why people watch movies. So it was amazing to be at the center of something that I also loved to watch as a kid.