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Cloverfield Trailer [UPDATE: + Official Sites] July 5, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: 1-18-08/Cloverfield,Abrams , trackback

Here a leaked trailer for the JJ Abrams produced ‘Cloverfield’ monster movie. It is bad shaky cam footage of a trailer which itself is supposed to be like bad shaky cam footage.

UPDATE: Official version of trailer now online!

It appears that this film will be the first Abrams/Bad Robot film released (1/18/08) under his multi-pic deal with Paramount, and Star Trek will be second (12/25/08).There is an official site tied to the release date so that appears to be set. 1-18-08.com. Nothing there but an image for now.

From the trailer it is now known that the film is directed by Matt Reeves (another long-time Abrams collaborator from his Felicity days) and is being co-produced by Bryan Burk (an exec. producer on Lost as well as the new Star Trek).

Online Game link?

There is one of those Internet games out there at the site ethanhaaswasright.com along with a blog ethanhaaswaswrong.blogspot.com. It isn’t entirely clear how this all comes together, but Abrams and Burk have done this kind of thing before with The Lost Experience last year. As we learn more we will update. If anyone works their way through the game let me know (tipline on the right).

UPDATE: Game link confirmed…now with video! + more details (Cthulhu?) 

 

NOTE: It is unclear if this is all part of Paramount’s viral push or if they will shut this down and have the trailer removed from the net. So don’t be surprised if this disappears soon.   

Thanks for the link tip Rick Kelvington 

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Comments

1. Cervantes - July 5, 2007

I pointed this out as being on YOUTUBE in the “Cloverfield” thread, yesterday. It may turn out to be an interesting little Movie…on the other hand, it may not…

2. snake - July 5, 2007

What the hell?

Is this Godzilla 2?

3. Cervantes - July 5, 2007

Whatevever it is, I’m sure audiences are generally getting bored with continuous New York devastion. Can someone please set it their disaster Movie elsewhere for a change?

4. Cervantes - July 5, 2007

devastion? That of course should have been devastation. Thankyou.

5. snake - July 5, 2007

so is the entire film gonna be done in that Blair Witch shaky cam style of just the trailer?

maybe its LOST: The Movie??

6. fatmanbruno - July 5, 2007

HOLY CRAP……I LIKE IT!!!
This looks like a disaster movie from our point of view, no super hero or action guy to save the day, just what would happen if this really happened in your town…. it’s about survival and running as fast as you can, hope its not a godiziila movie though

7. fatmanbruno - July 5, 2007

Yeah I know War of the Worlds did it first but apart from the ending I quite liked that movie too

8. trekmaster - July 5, 2007

What is this? A monster destroying a small town?

9. Anthony Pascale - July 5, 2007

Trekmaster,

it is hard to see, but the final frame shows the head of the statue of liberty…also the news report is from New York 1…so the film is yet another disaster movie wiping out new york. That being said ai agree with bruno that the regular guy perspective is interesting.

10. trekmaster - July 5, 2007

The question is, WHAT IS destroying New York?

11. snake - July 5, 2007

a giant lion?

12. Hon. David Kulessa - July 5, 2007

First!

At least there is no doubt that if anything really bad happens in the world, it’ll be in New York. I can rest safely.

-TGP-

13. snake - July 5, 2007

how did people think this was the trailer for Star Trek?? LOL

14. Stanky McFibberich - July 5, 2007

Good Grief.

15. BizMan - July 5, 2007

It’s pretty well known that J.J. Abrams is working on the lastest Star Trek movie while his other movie project “Cloverfield” is not so well known. So it is just assumed this is a preview for the next Star Trek movie. I thought so too at first when I saw the Bad Robot title thing…..but after watching the clip…it just didn’t seem like a Trek movie.

That being said, the trailer caught everyones attention and there was a lot of “What movie is that?” “Is that the new BLAH BLAH BLAH?” “They’re already making a Transformers 2!”

We’ll just have to wait and see

16. Siskel's Dead Thumb - July 5, 2007

Can we PLEASE stop destroying New York and LA? It’s gotten old.

Maybe a movie could burn Phoenix to the ground for a change? (Hey, at least a huge fire here might make it a little cooler, what with it being 119° in town yesterday!)

Besides, where the hell’s the Star Trek trailer? And for that matter, where’s ST: of Gods and Men?

grrr….

17. Hon. David Kulessa - July 5, 2007

#16 : “Where’s ST: Of Gods and Men?”

In Tim Russ’ pants.

I hope that never gets released.
-TGP-

18. freezejeans - July 5, 2007

Siskel’s Dead Thumb

Unfortunately, there’s not much here to blow up, except for maybe Chase Field…but yeah, it was freakin’ HOT yesterday, and today we’ve got a pollution advisory on top of that! Awesome.

19. Driver - July 5, 2007

Yeah, somebody with common sense must have seen this shaky cam mess(OGAM) and threw it in the toilet.

20. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

The trailer looks cool. But, story-wise, it’s ALWAYS easier to set up the problem than it is to hang an interesting story on it. That’s why Spielberg’s ‘War of the Worlds’ sucked. Great premise, lousy resolution (and stupid scientologist in the lead role.) Liked it until the point where the dumbass kid runs straight into the fighting, because he doesn’t want to miss it. After that, it was a mess of frayed story threads and haywire logic.
This ‘Cloverfield’ trailer does its “made ya look” job. What comes next? Who knows. I’ll read reviews before I plunk down 10 bucks to sit through it.
But, I’ll also try to keep an open mind.
By the way, aren’t the French getting pissed that we keep trashing Lady Liberty? (Planet of the Apes, Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Ghost Busters II, X-Men… etc?)

21. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

(oh, and European Vacation and Abbott and Costello Go to Mars…)

22. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

(…A.I., Independence Day, Escape from NY, Men in Black II…)

23. stspringfield - July 5, 2007

http://www.1-18-08.com

24. Kirk's Girdle - July 5, 2007

I must admit, I read the description of the trailer previously but it looked pretty damn good on the screen, and for a so-called small indy movie, the effects looked very nice indeed.

25. OM - July 5, 2007

Q: Why is it that NYC is the target of choice for mass destriction, devastation, and carnage?

A: Because the studios got bored with trashing Tokyo.

26. Screen Rant - July 5, 2007

It’s not viral. The Movie Blog had a version of the trailer up at their site and Paramount legal emailed them to take it down.

Vic

27. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

Anthony, is geekmonthly.com broken or something?

28. Anthony Pascale - July 5, 2007

cmdr it was but not anymore…site being updated today. new issue is on newstands, etc

29. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

Thanks. i’m a fan. BIG SHOUT-OUT EVERYONE! Check out geekmonthly.com Surely, you disputatious and pedantic Trekkies can use your annoyingly political bent on Speed Racer or Thundercats!

30. asdfjkl; - July 5, 2007

it’s godzilla. listen carefully when they are goin on the rooftop. u kan here sum1 saying it’s godzilla

31. IrishTrekkie - July 5, 2007

come on guys you know whats happening here , its a star trek movie, its either the start of the Eugenics Wars ( so its starting late ) or World War 3 ( so its starting early) . so i say thats most likey Colonel Green is destorying everthing ,………or maybe the borg came back in time again ! who will stop them !!!………or the Xindi came early ! ( actually no the Xindi where terriable )

32. JohnnyMoo - July 5, 2007

The name of the movie must be significant… how does a cloverfield relate to NY being trashed?

Whatever the answer is, I wasn’t going to pay any attention to the movie, but having seen the trailer I’m quite intrigued.

33. Thomas - July 5, 2007

The viral marketing has commenced!! Here are links to the game and blog that are part of this viral marketing campaign:

Game: http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com

Blog: http://ethanhaaswaswrong.blogspot.com

34. CmdrR. - July 5, 2007

So, it’s a war of the gods with Lady Liberty’s head as a soccer ball?

35. Markus - July 5, 2007

…war came, no longer from the elemental nor from the star’s rain of fire. The world was again remade, and the glow was as the coming of the sun upon the Earth. The children of the gods were again too few, scattered and divided and among them walked the ancients and those whose thoughts were not as to the towers and the marvels, but to the End and the destruction of the Earth and to the fires from which nothing could escape.

36. THX-1138--Fred Garvin's grammar class - July 5, 2007

The trailer looked cool. My 12 yr old boy was into it.

And BTW Transformers was pretty good, too.

37. Naib - July 5, 2007

I have no idea if Ethan Haas thing is anyway connected, but there’s instructions at this address: http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=610210&st=0

38. Jovan - July 5, 2007

Not interested. Sorry Abrams.

39. ARAN - July 5, 2007

@#31

Now that would be something interesting! I’d love it if they made a Eugenics War Trek movie! But if that were the case then everyone would be arguing over who would play Young Kahn in stead of Young Kirk/Spock…

40. Rick - July 5, 2007

Wow this one is being talked about on several film sites. That is smart marketing in my book. It will be interesting to see if the whole film is from a camcorder point of view. It might fall flat on it’s face or be really cool. Sort of BLAIR WITCH type film meets a giant monster type scenerio. Well now I am intrigued either way.

41. Plum - July 5, 2007

wow… so it has no title but is “from J. J. Abrams”.

Nice way to market a director?

42. Markus - July 5, 2007

The YouTube trailer went just down, i wonder how long this one survives.

43. snake - July 5, 2007

41 – yea its like abrams is the new speilberg…or at least the new singer… whedons been left behind..

44. snake - July 5, 2007

39 – thats got me thinking …. maybe the new star trek will have a mad max 2 style intro showin how startrek came 2b…. Briefly in flashback – WW3, eugenics war & khan ‘as a prince….with power over millions’ (footage of a 1960s R Montoban of course)

45. last o' the timelords - July 5, 2007

Sure sounded like the big “G”. Seems to be the right altitude, too. He made an appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars and was re-christened “Zilla”.

BTW Godzilla killed him with one blow.

Just a thought, it could be Gamera also.

46. last o' the timelords - July 5, 2007

Ah, it’s related to the story “The Call of Cthuhlu” by HP Lovecraft.

We have never seen a big budget treatment of the Cthuhlu Mythos.

47. Markus - July 5, 2007

I uploaded all the movies from http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com/ to YouTube. Here is the link to the playlist: http://youtube.com/my_playlists?p=C6B61B3BBAA1DCCF

48. Kelvington - July 5, 2007

Does anyone else notice something odd between the two girl’s heads? Just asking. ;)

49. last o' the timelords - July 5, 2007

thats a link to your personal playlist, give us a link to one of your vids. please

50. Jordan - July 5, 2007

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ScdRUUnWCUA

Here’s one

51. freezejeans - July 5, 2007

Kelvington

You may be onto something, looks like a creepy face. Or maybe I’m just too tired and imagining things. But still! Great catch :)

52. kwinst - July 5, 2007

its being destroyed by aliens
particularly one called the parasite

53. Josh T . ( The undiscovered combat boot ) Kirk Esquire' - July 6, 2007

What about destroying Louisville, Kentucky for a change shit? Nothing powerful or interesting ever happens here!

54. snake - July 6, 2007

MAYBE ITS THE INVISABLE LION THING FROM FORBIDDEN PLANET?

55. Cervantes - July 6, 2007

#40 Rick

There’s more chance of my granny taking up lapdancing again, than this being in “shaky cam” for the duration of it’s release on the big screen. People would get nauseous before too long. Good effect for the teaser though.

56. Spoiler - July 6, 2007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Gargantuas

57. mrregular - July 6, 2007

“Content Rejected” notice has been placed where the video should go…I’m apparently too late to see this one.
——————————————————–
That said, there needs to be a movie about the Earth-Romulan war.
Enterprise should have covered this…it would have made the series come together much like DS9. A great saga that could have gone on for years…

58. Markus - July 6, 2007

Yeah, sorry. Paramount took the vids 2-4 down, 1 and 5 are still online. Thats prove to me, that this has something to do with a Paramount project. I uploaded all five vids to Rapidshare. Here’s the link: http://www.rapidshare.com/files/41300138/ethanhaaswasright.zip

59. snake - July 6, 2007

AICN has some new info

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/33238

Cthulhu?

60. Nelson - July 6, 2007

I think it’s a tie-in with Lost. The roar was heard on the island on the first night and a few times later in the season. The roar is accompanied by trees shaking and moving as if a creature was there doing it.

The roar in New York is accompanied with destruction, related to Lost? January’s release date coincides with Lost’s Season 4 premiere. I think it could be related to when Desmond in the hatch releases all the energy and it had global effects.

61. julie - July 6, 2007

#60 – no offence that would be stupid. I never got into lost and for them to put a movie out about Lost before the show is off the air is not great timing. The teaser looks cool and i made me want to know more, did all those little games on the website. But if it all for the show Lost i will be really piss-off that all my excitment was for a show that i don’t even like anyway!

62. Nelson - July 6, 2007

No offense taken, Julie. I was just tossing the idea out there. I know it’s a wild theory. Seemed a coincidence that the release date was so close to the start of Season 4 for Lost. Does have a similar vide if you ask me though, perhaps similar sounding roar due to the similar production personel.

63. spacesheik - July 6, 2007

It would have made a great STAR TREK preview.

Fireballs hitting buildings.

People freaking out.

The last shot would have been the Enterprise smashing into the Statue of Liberty.

It would have been bizarre but intriguing, and dare I say, genius.

Now THAT would have gotten non Trek fans interested.

64. Oceanhopper - July 6, 2007

meh.

Giant mouse terrorizes NYC. Hero fights it off with outsize gorgonzola. Ends up in bed with heroine. American dream, innit?

I’ll save my money for a proper flick.

65. New Rage Order - July 6, 2007

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66. Mike - July 6, 2007

Big cities get attacked because of the enormous skyscrapers and the recognizable landmarks. I mean, if this were set in Phoenix, it’d be, “Oh no! There was a giant explosion right in the middle of… the Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden….the horror…”

No one would care.

Not to mention that a city like New York or L.A. has some gravitas with the international audiences as well.

67. Tron35 - July 6, 2007

info on how to beat the game

lemme know if u want it

68. Mike B. - July 6, 2007

What’s with the “lion” talk? I’ve heard other people say the girl’s saying “It’s alive” not “It’s a lion.”

I’m a little disappointed, though not surprised, that Paramount is cracking down on the YouTube videos. Disappointed because leaving them up there helps feed the Internet chatter, getting the fanbased all riled up, etc.

69. Tim - July 6, 2007

its been confirmed on several sites that the girl is saying its alive and also don’t forget to consider the movie is coming out in six months and they haven’t done any principal shooting for a ‘monster flick’, and its all being filmed on camcorders, this sounds like its going to be ‘the blair monster project’ and you’ll hear screeching, see some explosions but never a monster or alien or whatever, it will end up being a poorly themed movie with a good premise, kinda like LOST

70. nathan - July 6, 2007

they want you to go see Transformers if you want to see the trailer

71. forsakken - July 6, 2007

This is going to be the Voltron movie we alll want to see happen. Its not Godzilla 2 or attack of the 50 ft woman. Its going to be Voltron. NEXT i say bring on Thundercats the movie or even for those old school cartoon guys M.A.S.K the movie lets see if we cant flip this shit

72. Mikey M - July 7, 2007

I am looking much more forward to this than a Trek prequel.
I predict that will top off at 30 million. Old fans arent going to want to see old characters played by new actors and non Trek fans don’t give a crap about “Star Trek” or as they would call it….”Star Track.”

73. da URL - July 7, 2007

I can almost promise you this is a Star Trek preview. JJ is a pretentious bastard, he’s got the balls to disguise it like this.

74. da URL - July 7, 2007

The again, you’ve got a character named Ethan on Lost…

75. pitobaby76 - July 7, 2007

voltrons setting is not on earth and has nothing to do with new york city. sorry to break it to ya but its not voltron.thundercats movie is already in the works,its a cgi. i would love to see a mask movie though. if they do it right it would be badass!

76. kelly warren - July 7, 2007

its going to be a “monster” movie based on a H.P. Lovecraft story from my understanding

77. drew - July 7, 2007

ITs “Destroy all Monters ” remake ..mark my words

78. Jessica - July 8, 2007

I noticed this link over at the heroes-tv.com website.

I think it’s going to be a “Parasite Eve” movie… like the RPG video game that came out in 97′

It makes sense… parasites… New York city….

Just a thought.

79. Toxic182 - July 8, 2007

The actual dialogue in the vdieo as i watched it yesterday at transformers and mutiple times there after is as they are running out of the build
Girl” What is it, can anyone see it, is it coming this way?
A guy then responds with this
Guy ” Oh my god it’s a lion it’s huge”

Through various sites including the ones put out by the studios, it would appear as this is not just a one monster movie, and the idea through all ramblings on ethanwasright and ethanwaswrong, is that the stars play a big factor, or something from the “heavens” could mean something to do with astrological signs, or even mentions of mayan gods have been thrown around.
I believe this “Lion” dialogue to be 90% accurate but i have listened quite intently,and it is defitnetly not just a woman talking either its a guy responding as well.

80. Heather - July 8, 2007

Around 1 minute, 12 seconds

Does the guy say
“I saw it. It’s a lion. It’s huge” ??

81. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 9, 2007

ALL OF YU ARE STUPID IDIOTS THINKING ITS GODZILLA (WHICH I LOVE!),A STUPID STAR TREK MOVIE ,50FT WOMEN,GAMERA, AN INVISABLE LION, A GIANT MOUSE???, A LOST MOVIE, ETC… WHAT YU SHOULD START LOOKING AT IS THE STORY OF Cthulhu THAT IS WHAT THE MOVIE IS ABOUT !!

82. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 9, 2007

AND ITS NOT A SPIN OFF OF A VIDEO GAME

83. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 9, 2007

AND THEIR NOT SAY “LION” THEIR SAYING “ITS ALIVE ” DUMB A$$’s WHO THINK THAT!

84. Jess - July 9, 2007

Cthulhu is a fictional monster created by horror author H. P. Lovecraft.

Cthulhu is also supposed to be apart of some ancient mythos, or something along those lines.

August Derleth was the literary executor for H.P. Lovecraft. He was also a contributer to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror.

Anyways… for those of you who beat the first puzzle over at ethanhaaswasright.com like I did then you would notice a video at the end of the first puzzle… It is a short video of a guy explaining who Ethan Haas is, and something about his predictions… He also mentions that the puzzles have to be completed before August 1st…

Now back to what I had written before, the name of August Derleth, and the Aug 1st. date that the puzzle has to be completed seems to tie into eachother, I think… This is too much of a coincidence to ignore.

85. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 9, 2007

SEEEEE!!!!

86. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 9, 2007

IF THOSE OF YU STILL THINK ITS THE NEXT GODZILLA MOVIE FROM THE AMERICAN PRODUCTIONS JUST GO HEAR!

http://www.monsterzero.us/editorials/editorials.php?catID=&subCatID=1&contentID=41

AND IV BEATEN ALL 5 PUZZLES AND THEY DONT GIVE ALOT OF INFO “SOME” BUT THE LAST PUZZLE SAYS SOMETHING LIKE

THE BEGINNING IS THE END?

87. Dylan - July 10, 2007

I did agree with Jess.
For a moment.
It sounded logical.
But I decided to look into it.
I found on wikipedia.
That Cthulhu was supposed to have been ‘killed’
He was then buried.
Right near the Very North Pole.
The Pole of Inecssesability.
Which is very far away from NewYork.
So I douted it was about Cthulhu.
But I continued to look.
Then i found somthing that told me that this movie could not be about Cthulhu.
A Cthulhu movie site.
This is not some small local production.
This is a major movie.
Check it out yourself.
http://www.cthulhuthemovie.com/
So.
Anymore logical movie possibilities.

88. Jess - July 11, 2007

AICN has repeorted that:

the websites that are pertaining to ethanhaaswasright.com and ethanhaaswaswrong.blogspot.com have absolutely nothing to do with JJ Abrams new upcoming movie what so ever….

So, as for this Ethan Haas guy…. I’m beginning to think he is apart of some occult faction, or possibly his sites are apart of a larger association… maybe it’s for something being done for Paramount Pictures… I dunno.

Crazy…

Anyways… I beat all five puzzles over on his website… pretty interesting… as those videos that get played afterward… even weirder…

I guess I’ll be furthering my research a little more.

Oh, and considering that the movie may, or may not be a “Cthulhu” movie… or StarTrek, Godzilla, Voltron, Parasite Eve…. and so forth.

How about an ‘Evangelion” movie???… Huge fan of the anime series that comes on Adult Swim…

Possibility anyone???

89. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 11, 2007

THE CTHULHU MOVIE HAS NOTHING TO DO ABOUT THE MONSTER CTHULHU ITS JUST A WEIRD MOVIE ABOUT SOME PEOPLE GOING CRAZY. THERES NOT A MONSTER OR ANYTHING RELATING TO A MONSTER ON THAT MOVIE #87

90. Cody - July 14, 2007

Has anyone ever stopped thinking about the monster, and start thinking about the scenerio. Do you even need to see the monster to know its comming after you and its going to destroy everything in its way? Maybe Abrams won’t even show the monster, it is a home video camera and my guess is that 100% of the movie is done in home video.

91. CHICKENPIE - July 15, 2007

THIS IS DEFINATILY NOT A GODZILLA MOVIE + GODZILLA IS A NAZI

92. Jess - July 15, 2007

It has been told that Godzilla has been put on hold until 2013, and from what my research has told me… Paramount does not have the rights to the Godzilla franchise… so the movie is definantely not going to be a Godzilla movie.

93. Annnnna - July 16, 2007

luv the trailer but WTF is goin on>>

94. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 17, 2007

LOOK THEIR GOING TO SHOW THE MONSTER .IT WOULDNT BE A GOOD MOVIE IF THEY DIDNT .AND IF IT WAS REAL AND I WAS HOLDING THE CAMERA I WOULD TRY MY HARDEST TO GET A SHOT OF THE THING DESTROYING THE CITY . ITS HUMAN NATURE HAHA

95. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 17, 2007

OH AND ONE MORE THING APPLE.COM HAS THE TRAILER UP AND ITS IN REALLY GOOD QUALITY!!

96. Anthony Pascale - July 17, 2007

do you guys have to use all caps? we can hear you fine

make sure to keep track of all our coverage
http://trekmovie.com/category/1-18-08cloverfield/

we should have a new update this week as well.

97. Jess - July 17, 2007

I wonder if the “whole” movie will be done with a handheld camera. It sort of puts a new perspective on action/ horror/ monster films.

98. HAZMAT - July 28, 2007

HEY I HATE TO SAY IT AND RUIN THE SUPRISE FOR EVERYONE BUT ITS…

VOLTRON,

THANKS.

EMAIL ME YOUR THOUGHTS,

99. RAMMSTEIN 63 - July 31, 2007

HAHAHA YU IDIOT ITS NOT VOLTRON

WHO MAKES A MOVIE ABOUT KIDS PLAYING IN A GIANT LION ROBOT ?????

VOLTRON SUCKS ANYWAY!

ITS A NEW MONSTER

JJ SAID “WE NEED OUR OWN GODZILLA”

NOW YU IDIOTS OUT THERE DONT THINK IT IS GODZILLA!! OOKKK!

BECAUSE ITS NOT!

100. John Wagner - September 12, 2007

this has to be Godzilla 2, because in the first one at the end one of the babies makes it out alive!

101. Kat - November 22, 2007

I really wish they could blow up some unimportant state and make it more important! New York in HollyWood is completly gone by now!

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