More “Cloverfield” news and revelations

January 27, 2008

You had to know that a J.J. Abrams movie was going to generate countless people speculating on hidden meaning, mysterious scenes, and sequel talk. I have gone out of my way to find you the latest information that will quench your Cloverfield thirst.

During the opening sequence of the film where the government title screen of the tape shows there is a reference to Lost on the bottom right hand corner. There is a Dharma logo on the screen that is similar to the Pearl Station logo.

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In an interview with Matt Reeves he reveals information about the monster, the splash in the water, and a possible sequel.

CS: What were the specific visual inspirations for YOUR monster?

Reeves: We hired this guy Neville Page to design the monster, and he is a genius. We would go into his office and he would have what I affectionately referred to as his “Wall of Terror”. On the wall were all sorts of bits of color, and as you got closer suddenly your interest turned to revulsion because those pictures were like pictures of intestines and eyeballs and pieces of animals. What he was doing was having a biological, evolutionary basis for every aspect of the creature. That was really cool because there are parts of the monster that can do things that we actually didn’t have a place for in the movie, that’s how thoroughly designed he was.

The key to it is that the monster was a baby. The monster was suffering from separation anxiety and was absolutely disoriented and pissed, “where’s mommy?”, and terrified. That was the most important aspect of the creature. Not only was he furious and in a rage but he was scared, because to me there’s nothing scarier than something huge that’s spooked. If you’re at the circus and the elephants are going nuts you don’t want to be near them. We talked with Neville about the idea of how when a horse gets spooked you see the whites under the bottom of its eye. He fleshed out those sort of details. We talked about wanting the monster to be different in that it was white. All these different aspects which were important to us. It developed in many different ways and it came down to what Neville was doing which was amazing.

CS: Any possibilities for a “Cloverfield” sequel?

Reeves: This was so fun ’cause we’d never done anything like it, and I think we’d want to find a similar challenge, to find a way to have its roots in this but be fresh and new, otherwise you’re just repeating yourself. There’s a moment on the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was a guy filming something on the side of the bridge, and Hud sees him filming and he turns over and he sees the ship that’s been capsized and sees the headless Statue of Liberty, and then he turns back and this guy’s briefly filming him. In my mind that was two movies intersecting for a brief moment, and I thought there was something interesting in the idea that this incident happened and there are so many different points of view, and there are several different movies at least happening that evening and we just saw one piece of another. That idea sort of tickled me. We’ll have to see if anyone would want a sequel. If the movie does well and we find a compelling reason to do so then it would be fun to do a sequel.

Did you see the thing in the last shot? In the final shot there’s a little something, and I don’t wanna say what it is. The final shot before the titles. The stuff at Coney Island, there’s a little something there and I don’t want to give it away ’cause the fun is sort of to find it, but I will say this: there’s a funny thing, you look at the shot and until you see it you don’t see it and you really don’t see it and obviously you don’t ’cause none of you have seen it, but once you see it you’ll never stop seeing it.

CS: It’s the thing dropping in the water, right?

Reeves: Ahh, you saw it.

 

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