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Opening Scene Of Cloverfield + Message From JJ December 14, 2007

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The JJ Abrams produced monster movie Cloverfield opens in 5 weeks (along with the trailer for Star Trek)


1. - December 14, 2007

I cant wait to see the Star Trek trailer!!!!!

2. jeff - December 14, 2007

Cool as nuts!

3. Diabolik - December 14, 2007

Cool concept. A Godzilla movie showing the effects of the attack through eye-witness video cameras. Except it’s a different design to avoid paying Toho rights. I like it!

4. robin alexander - December 14, 2007

talk about 9/11 inspiration.

it looks good though…

5. Diabolik - December 14, 2007

I’ll be going to see the Trek trailer, and this movie will just be icing on the cake,

6. Diabolik - December 14, 2007

They were making movies about 9/11 before it ever happened. Never saw the TV show “Lone Gunman”? They hit it on the head.

7. Daoud - December 14, 2007

Strange… It’s the Blair Godzirra Project…

As long as the Trek trailer’s before all this, it’s goooood.

8. TheGreatBird - December 14, 2007

Looks like a big-budget version of somebody’s YouTube home video.

9. GeneralChang - December 14, 2007

jj looked super worn out..

10. ensign joe - December 14, 2007

Bring on the trailer!!!

I thought this was supposed to be the opening shots as the monster is introduced.. but not necessarily the opening 5 minutes…

There seem to be alot of good popcorn movies coming out.. woohoo!! Still debating on I am Legend though..

11. Pragmaticus - December 14, 2007

JJ needs to get some sleep, seriously.

12. Classic trek - December 14, 2007

i take it this is the cloverfield USA release date? anyone know when this is out in the United Kingdom and will the star trek trailer be shown here with it?


13. Diabolik - December 14, 2007

No way will any trailer show the monster. You’ll have to wait til you hit the theater or a spy shot is posted.

14. I AM THX-1138 - December 14, 2007

This will be a cool flick. Bring on dem bugs!

Of course, I can’t see this til 1-19-08. Got my wife tickets to a touring show for 1-18-08 and what mama wants, mama gets.

15. bill hiro - December 14, 2007

He looks like Lindsey Buckingham’s tired younger brother.

16. Shatner_Fan_2000 - December 14, 2007

Thank The Genes, underwear model Vogel wasn’t picked as Kirk.

17. Harry Ballz - December 14, 2007

The trailer smacks of Blair Witch
That shaking camera is really a bitch
It’s been done before
Looks like kinda a snore
Me? I’d catch the Trek trailer, then ditch!

18. ar - December 14, 2007


19. Heywood Jablomee - December 14, 2007

Did I see the empire state building do a “pancake” collapse?

20. Dave Roberts - December 14, 2007

OK, I get it, shaky camera work…. made me dizzy and sick and after one minute.

21. TheGreatBird - December 14, 2007

Yep. Shaky, dizzy camera work is bad enough, but magnified on a massive screen? Dramamine time!

This film looks quite skippable.

22. J C - December 14, 2007

Revisiting and dumbing down 9/11.

23. Dragonflygurl - December 14, 2007

Oh hell the damn trailer is trying my patience as it’s loading really slowly.

I found The Blair Witch Protect boring, so I do hope Cloverfield is not like that movie, or I fall asleep with boredom.

24. ObiWanCon - December 14, 2007

1st of February Greg I’m also Greg from the UK.

25. Sean - December 14, 2007

This looks to be a great take on the monster movie formula. That the Trek trailer is in front of it is just cake.

26. Paul - December 14, 2007

hmm, intriguing. looks like i might stay for the movie after the Trek trailer after all

27. Harry Ballz - December 14, 2007

I would hope that the new Trek movie shows a little more imagination than THIS!!!

28. Pete359 - December 14, 2007

How can people be comparing Cloverfield to the Blair Witch Project? Totally different movies (and I’m not even talking about the stupid sequels).

Blair Witch was *ok*, it was definately new and fresh for the time, nothing special though. But Cloverfield looks AWESOME, I’m sick of the clichéd Hollywood “best-angle-showing-famous-landmark-collapsing” it’s been done to death.

At least they’re trying something different with the viral marketing, keeping up our interest, prompting discussion and by having the ordeal through the perspective of those caught up in the chaos.

29. Woulfe - December 14, 2007

The whole movie sin’t going to be like that folks, it switches back and forth from hand-held cameras to ‘standard’ movie cameras.

It’ll be great, trust me….

The Trek teaser is just iceing on the cheescake ;)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, CHEESEcake…..

– W –
* Coverfield is going to be great, just you wait and see *

30. ShawnP - December 14, 2007


How is this “dumbing down 9/11″ and why would you imply that?

31. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 14, 2007

Now only if any ONE of them had a phaser.
Yes a TOS phaser.

32. Enc - December 14, 2007

didnt we already see a film recently told from that of average joe rather then those involved in the fight.
War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise)??

33. Oceanhopper - December 14, 2007

What’s that comin over the hill?
is it a monster? Is it a monst-errrrr????

Quickly, run! – towards the danger!
Yes, we will be much safer in a crowded and narrow street than on top of a building where we can see what is happening!

ooOO! Head of the stuate of Liberty! Closer! Get in and spend time framing a good picture on your camera phone! Yes!

Oh no! Buildings collapsing in the distance! Quickly, run into one and position yourself beneath its load bearing strucures so if it collapses it crushes you like a bug!

My money is that the monster is actually a giant Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes, and the movie is one long extended fantasy as the mighty Calvin monster exacts cruel judgement on man! Yes!

34. Classic trek - December 14, 2007

#24 thanks greg for your reply! 1st of feb then.

i knew we in the UK get the films after the american release at somepoint! are we getting the star trek trailer too do you know

by the way, when do we get to see the actual new star trek movie in Great Britain? doubt if it will be 25.12.08. any ideas

35. Dr. Image - December 14, 2007

It somewhat fkd with my head.
I’m sweating.
If you’ve ever been through any kind of horrible experience- you know what I mean.
(Wife and I got trapped in our house on fire in middle of night. That’s all I’ll say… about that.)

36. Doug L. - December 14, 2007

This movie scares the bejeezus out of me… the clip has such true ring to it, that it doesn’t matter what is attacking the city, I feel it! That’s good movie making (or at least good clip making for as much as we’ve seen)

re 22…. Seriously, you’re “dumbing down 9/11″ comment is just ridiculously offensive in so many ways and implies that it’s somehow wrong to make a monster movie set in nyc.

As we all have heard a million times, Godzilla is a metaphor for the atom bombs dropped on Japan. That doesn’t mean that Godzilla is about the Atom Bomb or is a dumbing down of the catastrophe’s of world war 2, it’s more a statement of where the filmmaker’s (and probably the national) psyche was at the time.

For me personally having been in NYC on 9/11, I find the images hit hard and are rightfully scary as shit. Having said that, I can’t wait to see this movie… (it’s the american godzilla looking to be done right)

Doug L.

37. I AM THX-1138 - December 14, 2007

Oceanhopper, if the characters in horror/monster movies did things based on sound judgement, the movies would be boring.


Damsels running from the axe murderer and NOT tripping.
Teenagers deciding against going into the dark, spooky place and instead deciding to get help and get away from the danger.
Once main character SEEMS to have defeated the bad guy, he actually finishes the job by KILLING him.
Instead of people being transfixed by the dangerous monster and thusly serving themselves up, they run and hide for the remainder of the movie til the danger has passed.

I await the Big Bug. Let the mayhem commence.

38. Doug L. - December 14, 2007

Regarding the trailer itself, I was unaware that the whole movie is told in a 1st person hand held camera style? Is this actually the case,or is it just the trailer that’s done this way… cuz I would have to agree… that would make me dizzy :(

Doug L.

39. TK - December 14, 2007

# 19 Heywood Jablomee:

Any chance you’re an earthquake engineer??


OH NO! It somehow hadn’t occured to me that STXI won’t open on the same day in the UK as in the US!!! Not sure if I can stand that!!!

40. sean - December 14, 2007


Not to defend foolish character decisions in monster movies, but your critiques are a little ridiculous. What did people do in real life on 9/11 when buildings were collapsing? They ran into other buildings. In the case of the trailer, there was a huge, ominous dust clowd drifting down the street that appeared to contain some kind of creature. What would you do? Probably run for your life into the nearest structure.

With regard to running down into the street, well let’s see…according to your own criticism being in a building while other buildings in the immediate vicinity are collapsing makes little sense. That plus the huge fireballs diving into every building and causing mass destruction would probably motivate most people to leave the roof.

People don’t make calm, rational decisions when all hell is breaking loose. Instinct takes over and they do whatever appears to delay death for the next 5 minutes.

And now I look like a douche that takes horror films too seriously.

41. Mark Anton - December 14, 2007

I am disappointed if the whole movie looks like this, which appears to be the case. I did not really enjoy Blair Witch because of all the dizzy camera shootings. J. J. Abrams should know better, if he thinks that people want to have their eyes subjected to this for a couple of hours. It looks like it could be a pretty cool movie, but honestly, why does it have to be this “realistic.” It’s so damn realistic that it’s making my head spin.

42. Classic trek - December 14, 2007

TK #39
sorry but it just occurred to me today. its a pain that we have to wait in Britain for films to get to us usually a couple of months or at least several weeks after the USA opening. ive been counting down the days only to realise this myself.

were going to have a heck of a time avoiding all the news, full story, reviews etc. it would be great if we saw it here on 25.12.08 too! please!!


43. J C - December 14, 2007

36 Doug. This trailer has the elements of that day (9/11).You go on to say that you were there on 9/11 and go on to say that the images hit hard(flashbacks?).I said the filmakers are dumbing down 9/11 ( to a metaphor -the cloverfeild monster).The real menace is the complexities of islamic facism that most americans are loathe to comprehend so they’d rather address those 9/11 anxieties with a horror/ fantasy movie.

44. JeffD8382 - December 14, 2007

Re. 15. bill hiro – December 14, 2007

He looks like Lindsey Buckingham’s tired younger brother.

LOL… I was thinking of almost exactly the same thing! One of those quirky comparisons I wouldn’t think would cross anyone else’s mind too. ;)

45. Kirk's Girdle - December 14, 2007

I believe that was the Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway that collapsed.

46. Whynot? - December 14, 2007

Anyone who can’t see the backlash coming from this movie is fooling themselves. There is blatant exploitation of imagery from 9/11, and seeing New York destroyed is going to make people very upset. This is going to be a disaster. Monster movie or not, there are just certain topics that are not smart, at least not yet. The movie may be a commercial success, but I would bet on a ton of bad press, and potentially a boycott. Foxnews will have a field day with it.

JJ really stepped in it this time….

47. ShawnP - December 14, 2007

Seeing the demise of NYC is not a new theme for movies, and it was happening way before 9/11.

48. Kirk's Girdle - December 14, 2007

Unfortunately, now we have a better template for what it looks like.

49. Mr Snuffleupacus - December 14, 2007

I’m not normally a fan of hand-held camerawork like this, but I have to say this look pretty intense…interesting…

50. John Pemble - December 14, 2007

A bit too much Blair Witch over dramatic trying too hard to be first person thing, but it might not be bad.

51. jfh100970 - December 14, 2007

Let’s run upstairs. Now let’s run downstairs. Make sure you take pictures with your camera phone why don’t you? Lame. I hope the new Star Trek movie isn’t like this.

52. Jupiter1701 - December 14, 2007

Hurry up and eat up all of your popcorn before the movie starts, because you’re going to need the bag to barf in.

I hope that someday in the future we’ll look back at TV shows and movies shot with the bouncy camera and say. “That’s so early 21st century . . . Thank God that’s a fad that died out. What were they thinking?”

53. Cheve - December 15, 2007

We just had the exact same idea released in Spain but with a zombie movie. it is called “REC” and is made by Jaume Balagueró.

A TV reporter lady is making a program about firemen, they go into an apartment block to check a “sick ol lady”, everybody goes zombie and they get locked in the building.

To shaky and caotic to actually enjoy it. Hollywood is acutally remaking it already, so, we should probably get ready for lots of casual hand held terror movies (I personally think he has shot it in a week after hearing from Cloverfield. Its easy to have a quick Idea and film a low budget movie inspired in this, and I fear Rec and its hollywoodian remake may hurt this actual cool movie from JJ.) Sadly, Spanish audience will probably percieve Cloverfield as “a hollywood copy of rec”. Spanish movie critics tend to think of things in thins fashion.

In fact, I’m sure lots of newspapers will be mistaken and actually say that Cloverfield is the american remake of REC. They do that a lot as well.

54. Doug L. - December 15, 2007

re 43 & 46

alright, I see where this is going. So let’s boycott Cloverfield, I am Legend, and while we’re at it, lets retroactively boycott Independence day which destroys DC & NY, that MUST be about Islamo-facism (a word I despise by the way). Planet of the Apes is about terrorists taking over America really, as is clearly implied by the last scene with the statue of liberty.

I’m done with this conversation. Doug L.

55. Will Johnson - December 15, 2007

Alright, so, it’s Blair Witch Project with a higher production value, spooky ghost angle, and a bigger vizfz budget… a guy who keeps going “did you guys see that? Did you guys see that?”…. the camera is more distracting than in Bourne Ultimatum where the DP seemed to have been having some form of seizure while operating… and now it’s over. I have no interest in this movie.

At all.

Thanks for posting it, Mr. Abrams! You just saved me $12, 2 metrocard swipes, and have removed a little more of my faith in you helming a Star Trek film!

56. Will Johnson - December 15, 2007

that should say “no spooky ghost angle”

57. J C - December 15, 2007

54.You may not like the word Islamic facist but that’s who attacked us on 9/11.Who do You think attacked us? Enjoy the movie.

58. ShawnP - December 15, 2007

Such optimism on this thread. Yay, optimism!

59. jfh100970 - December 15, 2007

Like the saying goes, “Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining”. ‘Nuff said.

60. James Heaney - December 15, 2007

Come on. Is NO ONE going to notice that the incident number is “447”?

Good gracious, I love these guys.

61. Kev-1 - December 15, 2007

A movie in Manhattan costs $12? Holy debit card.

62. Michelle - December 15, 2007

I guess I’m one of the few people who liked the Blair Witch Project and the shaky camera effects don’t bother me at all. It adds a touch of realism to it which makes it easier for me to immerse myself into this sort of movies (I wouldn’t recommend the hand held camera effect for EVERY movie obviously).

I’ve also always enjoyed monster flicks, and it sounds like this movie is making a fresh twist on the old genre, being told from the perspective of those fleeing for their lives, catching terrified glimpses and snatches at the chaos reigning around them. I’ll definitely be seeing this movie, the Star Trek trailer will be a wonderful icing on the cake!

63. Chain of Command - December 15, 2007

Awesome looking movie. Who cares if it’s “Blair Witch” in style.

64. jfh100970 - December 15, 2007

The Blair Witch Project movie was a joke. I laughed at every “scary” scene. The actress was soooo over the top and I thought I should’ve taken my seasick pills. If you need shaky camera effects to help you get into a movie, then you’re not watching the right movie to begin with.

65. Heywood Jablomee - December 15, 2007

#46 WhyNot, I have to agree with you. I also have to agree with the shaky hand held camera makes me seasick camp. We’ve all seen it ad nauseum. Seems like the monster in New York thing is old hat.

66. YUBinit - December 15, 2007

Oh my… pretty people pretending to react to a blatant recreation of 911 video. The obvious pretense on originality is astounding. Can’t wait to HEAR how this approach is addressed in ST.

67. Kirk's Girdle - December 16, 2007

Jeez. Some people really get their panties in a twist. It’s a popcorn movie, folks, not Citizen Kane. It all looks very true to life to me, including people snapping phone pics of the Statue’s head.

68. Gigastazio - December 16, 2007

So…it’s not the Staypuft Marshmallow Man?

69. I AM THX-1138 - December 16, 2007

Sometimes it sounds like AICN negativism in here.

70. TJ Trek - December 17, 2007

Get me wrong, but did Blair Which project spook anybody else, or was it just me. I like the home movie concept. It’s the most realistic you can get. I think that there should be an entire WWII movie done with one of those old black and white camaras that a reporter would have had. The movie is about a particular unit, with a reporter who is embeded with them, and all the stuff they go through.

71. BOSSOMATIC - December 17, 2007

Oh man!!! Yuppies in DANGER!!!! WHO yes WHO will be left to watch Gray’s Anatomy!!???

72. Snake - December 18, 2007

This looks to be to Emmerichs Godzilla what Spielbergs War of The Worlds was to Emmerichs version of WOTW – Independance Day….an realistic uber-serious 9/11 conscious take on the jokey excess of Emmerichs version

pretty much the same amount of time inbetween as well..a decade

in fact i would be suprised if Abrams or whoever saw WOTW in 05 and thought ‘wow that was great to see it done properly after ID4…hey someone should do the same with Godzilla!’

73. Snake - December 18, 2007

34 – Trek will be released in UK on Boxing Day

74. Edge - December 19, 2007

I’m going to see the Trek Trailer, then I am leaving.

75. S. John Ross - December 20, 2007

#71: Perfect :)

76. I AM THX-1138 - December 20, 2007

This movie will rock and get people talking one way or the other. Go ahead and spend your 10 bucks to watch a preview trailer that will be on Youtube later that same night for free. Cloverfield producers will appreciate the box office.

And what is with all the hate for young attractive people (who by the way, look pretty normal and not so much more dazzling than average 20 somethings)? Are you that old or ugly that it bothers you? Or is it easy to jump on the bandwagon? Quit being sheep.

77. Stop Shaking - January 24, 2008

Realistic??? My ass! More like amature hour. Looks like a 6 year old was holding the camera. They call it ‘hand held’. I watch hand held camera work on TV every night on the 6 o’clock news and not one shaky shot to be seen. I am boycotting all shaky camera work movies and TV shows. Bring back professionalism to the art. These are the most expensive home movies I have ever seen. Enough already!!! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.