If any of you went to see Transformers ... and made it in time to see the previews OR if you've been reading the buzz on the internet about a new movie preview trailer that ran just before Transformers ... called (tentatively) 1-18-08. Some sites are calling it Cloverfield. It's a new movie produced by J.J. Abrams of LOST fame. A website is now up:
This website has a very cool "multi touch like" picture manipulation ... go there and click and drag on the pictures to see what I mean.
Oddly, one of the photos on the www.1-18-08.com is actually the same girl and not a real photo.
Watch The trailer on APPLE.COM
The trailer contains one of the most shocking visuals I have ever seen ... hmmmm ... right next to the plane separating in Lost (on TV) or the World Trade Center Towers getting hit on September 11 2001.
Some movie news websites are saying it is most likely based on the strange story, Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft (update: no story is completely original)
The teaser footage is shot with a hand-held camera to emulate a home-movie style. The teaser did not reveal the name of the film, but it showed a release date of January 18, 2008 for the film.
What if this is ACTUALLY the finale of LOST ... it would be a unique way to end a television series by having it in movie theaters ... wouldn't you agree?
This possibly relates to the giant statue that we saw a part of at the end of Season 2 of LOST.
Heck, even if the the next season ends poorly ... I would go just to see that visual of the Statue of Liberty head hurdling through the air and landing on 5th ave.
I think it would be perfect for this series because of the unique story line LOST has given to show followers. I think this would be the first time a TV series was ended in theaters.
These biblical verses have been uncovered:
...Along with the date ( 1-18-08 ), we see a time of 12:36 A.M on one of the pictures. I did a google search for 12:36 ( with the idea of a biblical verse ) and here's what it came up with. "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak..." Matthew 12:36
From the Book of Revelation, 18:08: "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."
LOST has alluded in the last season that if the island is "revealed", it may be the end of the world.
Some how ... the website; Slusho is related to this movie - it's under construction, very weird, and on a T Shirt on a character seen in the preview trailer.
* After reviewing the wikipedia entry for this ... this theory may have already been tossed around else where on LOST forums.
* Various tips found in the AINTITCOOL.COM forums
[UPDATE} looks like the movie got the official title "Cloverfield"
One other compelling reason I was interested in Cloverfield is because it bucked the Hollywood trend of a blockbuster costing an outrageous amount of money to make. Cloverfield cost $25 Million to make ... the advertising for the movie was essentially free as dozens upon dozens of websites picked up on the little things in the first movie trailer discussing them again and again in detail. I wanted to participate and contribute this experiment in movie making.
Now, I want to touch on one other aspect of this movie that intrigues me ...
Back when the trailer for Cloverfield (then called "1-18-08") first came out I suggested that this movie might be a LOST television series tie in. I think it still may be.
Yesterday I read this; Cloverfield graphic novel coming out.
"Remember this last shot in the film of our intrepid heroes at Coney Island, enjoying [a day] of amusement? Apparently something huge splashes down into the ocean in the background. We missed it, but if you couple it with the translation from the graphic novel that says the Japanese Tagruato corporation's satellite fell from orbit, then bingo. You've got the alarm clock that woke up the monster from its deep-sea slumber."
I almost want to bet that we will actually find that the Tagruato satellite was brought down by something related to LOST - possibly the satellite that was looking for the survivors AND that the monster could possibly be Ben's id (or the manifestation of the smoke monster/Jacob) - just like in Forbidden Planet. I will also bet that Tagruato is another subsidary of the Hanso corporation (the secretive entity that originally ran the island portrayed in LOST).
Wouldn't this be a great way to promote the DVD release of Cloverfield? (which coincidentally will proably come out in May 2008 when the movie takes place.) Review:
Cloverfield (formerly titled 1-18-08 in viral marketing campaigns) is such a historical, "I was there type movie".
Uniquely and masterfully shot from the point of view of a camcorder being held by a best friend; Cloverfield is compelling even without character development. But ... don't be fooled ... this is no Blair Witch Project ... although I'm sure many reviewers will compare and say Blair Witch did it first.
I may be over-rating it slightly, but ONLY slightly ... this will go down as one of the greatest Monster Movies of all time. I'm not going to call it a part of my top 10, but it definitely is part of my Top 100 - which are just about all interchangeable with the #1 slot.
This movie begged two questions of me:
1) Would I be the one that people stayed around in time of disaster such as this?
2) Would you risk your life in such a horrific, never before experienced by any man; tradegy?
Expanding on question #2 ... this movie handles this in such a unique way that it is just incredibly compelling; yet terrifying.
The movie ends perfectly and unexpectedly in an atypical movie fashion. If I said any more on this topic it would give one of the best endings in movie history away.
The movie is PG-13 and leaves a lot of the "horror images" to the imagination just out of view to those watching.
A great horror movie is terrifying and then relieves the viewer with comedy. The comedic relief comes from "Hudson" - the best friend holding the camcorder.
If you haven't kept up with all the viral marketing for this movie, don't start before you see the movie ... instead go to the movie TONIGHT!!!! Then ... review the viral marketing campaign spread throughout the internet.