Alien Spaceship (10 Cloverfield Lane)
The aliens are not referred to by any particular name in the film. Their nickname comes from one of Howard's conspiracy theories about "mutant space worms," which Emmett relates to Michelle. However, this exchange happens before the characters are aware that an alien invasion is underway.
The ship appears to be cybernetic with an outer appearance that features plank-like wing structures and hexagonal patterns on the sides and panels that can open and shut. The rear of the ship is lined with metallic limbs protruding from it. There appears to be a type of structure resembling a aircraft stabilizer which is adorned with multiple greenish lights across its body. The front end of the ship ends in a faint glowing red light and the inside of the ship features a large creature that appears to be fused to the outer body. It features multiple long, pink tendrils and multiple sac-like organs that surround a greenish mouth with four fangs on the sides of it. Molars run down the center of its top and bottom jaw and the back of its throat has an orange flapping organ that opens up whenever it roars.
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.
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 a nearby truck, spewing a 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, one of which is much larger.
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.
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.
- 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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