Jordan Peele is giving credit where credit is due.
As film critics unveiled their takes on Peele's third feature, Nope, with reviews hailing his flying saucer flick as "a true blockbuster spectacle" and "a work of unquestionable genius," one fan took to Twitter to call the filmmaker "the best horror director of all time."
"I know this is a hot take but at what point do we declare Jordan Peele the best horror director of all time?" the tweet reads. "Can you think of another horror director that had 3 great films, let alone 3 in a row? I can't."
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To which Peele replied, "Sir, please put the phone down, I beg you."
In addition to a certified Fresh rating for Nope on Rotten Tomatoes, Peele directed 2019's Us and 2017's Get Out, for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. (Get Out was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.) Still, he isn't ready to take the title away from his own horror maestro.
"Sorry. I love your enthusiasm," Peele wrote in a follow-up tweet. "But I will just not tolerate any John Carpenter slander!!!"
Carpenter, of course, directed 1978's Halloween, which remains one of the greatest and most influential horror films ever made. He's also the filmmaker behind cult classics like Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Fog (1980) and The Thing (1982).
The next installment in the Halloween franchise — Halloween Ends, on which Carpenter is an executive producer — hits theaters this October. Peele's Nope arrives on Friday with a very different take on horror, pitting siblings O.J, (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) against an alien invasion.
"It was clear that the film was a lot bigger in scale than any of the others," Nope composer Michael Abels tells A.frame, calling it "a big summer movie...but in the world of Jordan Peele, which no one has seen yet."
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