Curiosities | ‘Cloverfield – Monster’, directed by Matt Reeves, turns 14!

Before being hired to command the ambitious ‘Batman’, Matt Reeves met with the producer J.J. Abrams to give life to the underrated found footage apocalyptic ‘Cloverfield – Monster’.

Despite the solid reception by the critics (conquering 78% approval), audiences didn’t seem too interested in the monster story that Reeves engineered – but that didn’t stop the film from raking in US$172 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $25 million.

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In the plot, Michael Stahl-David gives life to Rob Hawkins, a young man who lives in New York and is about to move to Japan. He gathers his friends at a farewell party, in which he intends to reveal unresolved feelings. However, a strong jolt scares the guests. Everyone looks for news about what happened on TV, which says that the city suffered an earthquake. Upon reaching the terrace to see the damage, the group notices a giant fireball, followed by the light falling over the city. Panic grips everyone, which increases even more when they finally make it to the street.

Counting on names like Odette Yustman, T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan e Mike Vogel, in addition to a script signed by Drew Goddard, the film deserves more recognition than it has and, on the cusp of its 14th anniversary, we’ve put together a list of some backstage trivia for you to check.

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  • Lizzy Caplan thought that this was a romantic movie, until he participated in the second audition, when he read a scene. After passing the audition, she discovered that the feature film was a monster story – and that the actors weren’t allowed to read the script until after they signed on.
  • The first trailer for the film was shown before ‘Transformers’, in 2007. The video showed a gigantic explosion in New York City and the head of the Statue of Liberty being thrown onto the street. The teaser was shot with a handheld video camera and did not feature any titles.

  • The man they meet in the alley is speaking Ukrainian. He is asking for help to find his daughter and wife as he cannot leave without them.
  • During the film’s opening weekend, several movie theaters posted warnings to indicate that viewers could experience motion sickness and dizziness from the camera’s hand movements.
  • The logo of the DHARMA Initiative, a fictional research project that appears in the acclaimed series ‘Lost’, can be seen briefly at the beginning of the film.

  • In the teaser trailer, the voice that screams: “I saw! Is alive! It is huge!” it’s from Reeves himself.
  • The Statue of Liberty’s decapitated head on the street is inspired by the poster for the classic ‘Escape from New York’, from John Carpenter, which displays the same image.
  • The title was originally a nominal code for the film – after all, it’s named after Cloverfield Boulevard, located in Santa Monica, California, where the company’s production offices are located. Bad Robotby Abrams.

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  • The film’s financial success yielded two sequels: the first, ’10 Cloverfield Street’, was released in 2016 and made a critical and commercial bang, expanding the universe created by Reeves, Goddard and Abrams; the second, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, was exhibited by Netflix in 2018.
  • The creature’s design served as inspiration for several subsequent films, including ‘Star Trek’ (2009), ‘Super 8’ (2011), ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ (2011), ‘Circle of fire’ (2013) e ‘Godzilla’ (2014).

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