Alien spaceship (10 Cloverfield Lane)
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Russians are developing some nasty stuff. And if the Martians finally figured out a way to get here, their weapons will make the Russkies' look like sticks and stones.
Name[edit | edit source]
The aliens are not referred to by any particular name in the film. "Alien spaceship" is used here as a conjectural descriptor.
Concept artist Bruno Werneck called the craft "Alien Crop Duster" and "Crop Duster Creature".
Development[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
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The ships appear to be cybernetic with an outer appearance that features plank-like wing structures and hexagonal patterns on their sides, and panels that can open and shut. The rear of the ships are lined with metallic limbs protruding from them. There appears to be a type of structure resembling an aircraft stabilizer that is adorned with multiple greenish lights across their bodies. The front end of the ships end in a faint glowing red light and the inside of the ships feature a large creature that appears to be fused to their outer bodies. They features multiple long, pink tendrils and multiple sac-like organs that surround a greenish mouth with four fangs on the sides of them. Molars run down the center of their top and bottom jaws and the back of their throats have an orange organ that opens whenever they roar.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Not much is known about these aliens other than their hostile intentions towards the human race. The film's alternate reality game includes a conversation between astronauts aboard the International Space Station and a spacecraft communicator at the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center in Houston. Following their report of a "localized burst of magnetic energy" and "flash of red light that seemed to come from... everywhere," the astronauts are instructed to remove the conversation from their mission log. Emmett also witnessed a tremendous flash of red light as the invasion began.
History[edit | edit source]
After Michelle escapes Howard's bunker, she soon spots an alien craft in the distance while standing atop a car. When the bunker, already burning, explodes, it catches the ship's attention. It flies closer to the farmhouse, deploying a four-legged scout before leaving. It reappears over the house after Michelle hides from the creature in Howard's truck, spewing toxic, flammable gas. She survives using her improvised hazmat suit and notices small fires near the house erupting when the gas touches them. She returns to the truck, but the ship lifts it up with its tendrils and begins pulling it towards its organic mouth. It is destroyed when she throws a Molotov cocktail into its mouth, causing it to explode. As Michelle drives towards Houston, flashes of lightning reveal two more ships.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Gas[edit | edit source]
The ships are able to emit a green gas that proves fatal against unprotected humans and animals. This gas is highly combustible, leaving the ship highly vulnerable to any flaming object thrown into its mouth.
Deployment[edit | edit source]
The ships also possess large jaws and retractable tendrils they use to grab objects and deploy four-legged scouts. The degree to which these scouts are under the aliens' control is questionable, as the one which menaces Michelle flees when the ship returns.
Roar[edit | edit source]
One of the roars emitted by an alien spaceship as it pulls Howard's truck towards its mouth is a lower-pitched Clover roar.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Marketing for 10 Cloverfield Lane prior to its U.S. theatrical release did not include a single image of the alien spaceships. However, stills and footage of them were later used to promote the film in several countries, including Thailand, Australia, Russia, and Japan.
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