Cloverfield (2008)

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Cloverfield Films
10 Cloverfield Lane
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Cloverfield/HAKAISHA (2008)
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Directed by Matt Reeves
Producer(s) J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk,
Sherryl Clark, Guy Riedel
Written by Drew Goddard
Music by Michael Giacchino (end credits)
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Rating PG-13
Budget $25,000,000
Box office $80,048,433 (Domestic),[1]
$90,715,593 (Foreign),[1]
$170,764,026 (Worldwide)[1]
Running time 84 minutes
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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For the monster, see Clover.
Some thing has found us

— Tagline

What happened back then? (その時、何が起きたのか?)

— Tagline

Cloverfield is a 2008 American found footage giant monster film directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams. The film's existence was first revealed in the form of a teaser trailer attached to Transformers; however, the trailers never listed the title and only provided its release date, "01.18.08". Paramount Pictures carried out an elaborate alternate reality game in order to promote the film prior to its theatrical release.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Matt Reeves
  • Written by   Drew Goddard
  • Produced by   J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
  • Executive producing by   Sherryl Clark, Guy Riedel
  • Music by   Michael Giacchino (end credits)
  • Cinematography by   Michael Bonvillain
  • Edited by   Kevin Stitt
  • Production design by   Martin Whist
  • Assistant directing by   Rip Murray, Katie Carroll
  • Special effects by   Kevin Blank (visual effects supervisor)

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Lizzy Caplan   as   Marlena Diamond
  • Jessica Lucas   as   Lily Ford
  • T.J. Miller   as   Hudson "Hud" Platt
  • Michael Stahl-David   as   Robert Hawkins
  • Mike Vogel   as   Jason Hawkins
  • Odette Yustman   as   Beth McIntyre
  • Margot Farley   as   Jenn
  • Theo Rossi   as   Antonio
  • Brian Klugman   as   Charlie
  • Kelvin Yu   as   Clark
  • Liza Lapira   as   Heather
  • Lili Mirojnick   as   Lei
  • Ben Feldman   as   Travis Marello
  • Elena Caruso, Vakisha Coleman, Will Greenberg, Rob Kerkovich, Ryan Key, Hooman Khalili, Rasika Mathur, Baron Vaughn, Charlyne Yi   as   Party Goers
  • Roma Torre   as   Herself
  • Rick Overton   as   Frantic Man
  • Martin Cohen   as   Burly Guy
  • Jason Cerbone   as   Police Officer
  • Pavel Lychnikoff   as   Russian Man on Street
  • Billy Brown   as   Staff Sgt. Pryce
  • Scott Lawrence   as   Lead Soldier
  • Jeff DeSerrano   as   Soldier
  • Tim Griffin   as   Command Center Officer
  • Chris Mulkey   as   Lt. Col. Graff
  • Susse Budde   as   Medic
  • Jason Lombard   as   Second Medic
  • Jamie Martz   as   Helicopter Pilot

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Box office[edit | edit source]

Cloverfield opened in 3,411 theaters and grossed $16,930,000 on its opening day in the United States and Canada. It made $40.1 million on its opening weekend, which at the time was a record for January domestic releases.[2] Worldwide, the film finished with $170,602,318.

Sequels[edit | edit source]

Following Cloverfield's release, director Matt Reeves was asked about the possibility of a sequel, and stated that he was open to producing one. In subsequent interviews, Reeves and J.J. Abrams both entertained the idea of a sequel to Cloverfield, stating that they had set up an entire backstory for the film that they would like to explore in a sequel. Despite their enthusiasm, no concrete information surfaced about a Cloverfield sequel for several years.

On January 15, 2016, a surprise trailer for a film entitled 10 Cloverfield Lane played before screenings of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, also produced by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr., it had been filmed in late 2014 under the name Valencia. The film was released theatrically on March 11, 2016. Though not a direct sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane is described as a "spiritual successor" to the film and serves as the second entry in an anthology begun with Cloverfield. The third entry in the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox, was released directly to Netflix in 2018, and connects to the first film's events, with Clover or another member of its species making an appearance onscreen. Abrams announced a fourth film at CinemaCon on April 25, 2018, describing it as "a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel."[3] On January 29, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Joe Barton would be writing the script.[4]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Cloverfield/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Cloverfield (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • 1-18-08 (USA; Promotional Title)
  • Untitled J.J. Abrams Project (USA; Working Title)
  • Cheese (USA; Working Title)
  • Clover (USA; Working Title)
  • Monstrous (USA; Working Title)
  • Slusho (USA; Working Title)
  • Cloverfield - Monster (Cloverfield - Monstruo; Argentina)
  • Cloverfield: Monster (Cloverfield: Monstro; Brazil; Cloverfield: Monstruo; Mexico)
  • Monster (Чудовищнo; Bulgaria)
    • Monster (Monstrum; Czech Republic)
  • Monsters (Монстро; Russia and Ukraine)
  • Monstrous (Monstruoso; Spain)
  • Monstrously (Pošastno; Slovenia)
  • 06-02-08 (France; Promotional Title)
  • 04-05 (Japan; Promotional Title)
  • Cloverfield/HAKAISHA (クローバーフィールド/HAKAISHA; Japan)
  • MONSTRAS Project (Projektas MONSTRAS; Lithuania)
  • Project: Monster (Projekt: Monster; Poland)
  • Code Name: Cloverfield (Nome de Código: Cloverfield; Portugal)
  • Beast (Canavar; Turkey)

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Paramount DVD/Blu-ray (2008)

  • Region: 1 (DVD) or N/A (Blu-ray)
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (5.1 Surround), French (5.1 Surround), Spanish (5.1 Surround)
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Matt Reeves, Special Investigation Mode which provides additional details as the movie plays (Blu-ray only), Document 01.18.08: The Making of 'Cloverfield' featurette (28 minutes), Cloverfield Visual Effects featurette (22 minutes), I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge! featurette on Clover's design (6 minutes), outtakes (4 minutes), deleted scenes (3 minutes), alternate endings (3 minutes), viral marketing materials, pre-viz of the tunnel attack
  • Notes: Cloverfield DVDs sold at Best Buy contained a second disc with the featurette T.J. Miller's Video Diary (25 minutes). The Blu-ray has also been packaged with King Kong (1933), Jack the Giant Slayer, and 10,000 BC, or 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Main article: Cloverfield/Videos.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Frames from three classic monster movies (King Kong [1933], The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and Them!) appear throughout Cloverfield. Each functions as a form of subtle foreshadowing.
    • A giant ant from Them! at 24:08 foreshadows the revelation that Clover is the host of hordes of six-legged parasites.
    • The Rhedosaurus from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms at 45:29, whose blood contains a deadly disease, foreshadows the sudden and fatal effects of a parasite bite.
    • King Kong at 1:06:55 foreshadows Clover's attack on Hud, the only time the film shows the monster taking interest in a specific human.
  • The Asylum, an American studio specializing in knock-offs of blockbuster films, produced Monster to capitalize on Cloverfield. They released it to DVD on January 15, 2008, three days before Cloverfield was released in American theaters.
  • A fragment of the Japanese satellite ChimpanzIII mentioned in the film's alternate-reality game can be seen splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean in the film's final scene.

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References[edit | edit source]

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