Alien movies roughly fall into two categories. There is the hostile invasion category, best typified by H.G. Wells’ “War of the World.” Then there is the peaceful, even cuddly category (“E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”), who only want to learn from us and allow us the benefits of their advanced culture.
In the innocuous-sounding “Nope,” comedian-turned-horror film director Jordan Peele has opted for the first version. He once again proves he has a Stephen King-like ability to know how to play on the audience’s nerves.
Without spoilers, he gives the audience glimpses of the outer space threat rather than a full-on view. This is by far the creepiest part of the movie, but when the pay-off comes and we finally see what