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Some thing has found us
What happened back then? (その時、何が起きたのか？)
— Japanese tagline
- For the monster, see Clover.
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.
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.
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- Directed by Matt Reeves
- Written by Drew Goddard
- Executive producing by Sherryl Clark, Guy Riedel
- Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
- 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)
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations
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. Worldwide, the film finished with $170,602,318.
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." On January 29, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Joe Barton would be writing the script. A subsequent report by Deadline on September 23, 2022 raised ambiguity over whether the new film will be a direct sequel to the original film or another anthology film.
- Main article: Cloverfield/Gallery.
- Main article: Cloverfield/Soundtrack.
- 1-18-08 (U.S.; promotional title)
- Untitled J.J. Abrams Project (U.S.; working title)
- Cheese (U.S.; working title)
- Clover (U.S.; working title)
- Monstrous (U.S.; working title)
- Slusho (U.S.; 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)
Paramount DVD/Blu-ray (2008)
- Region: 1 (DVD) or N/A (Blu-ray)
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English (5.1 Surround for DVD, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for Blu-ray); French and Spanish (5.1 Surround)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Blu-ray only)
- 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 (2013), and 10,000 BC (2008), or with 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).
Paramount 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + digital (2018/2023)
- Region: N/A
- Discs: 2
- Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1); European French, Canadian French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
- Special features: Audio commentary by Matt Reeves, Special Investigation Mode which provides additional details as the movie plays, "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: All special features are included on the Blu-ray only, while all audio and subtitles options not included on previous releases are included on the 4K Ultra HD only.
- Main article: Cloverfield/Videos.
- 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 the film 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.
- The logo for the DHARMA Initiative, from the J.J. Abrams-produced series Lost, appears in the film's opening.
- At the end of the credits, a distorted voice appears to say, "Help us." When the audio is played backwards, however, it says, "It's still alive".
- A Cloverfield poster can be seen in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Sam Witwicky's dorm room. This may be a reference to Cloverfield's first teaser playing before screenings of the first Michael Bay Transformers film.
- Michael Stahl-David reprised his role as Robert Hawkins for the 2019 fan film The Cloverfield Files.
- Script dated 6/8/07
- Production notes
- All text from the Blu-ray's Special Investigation Mode
- Tagruato viral site
- Missing Teddy Hanssen viral site
- Slusho viral site
- T.I.D.O. Wave viral site
- Jamie and Teddy viral site (password is "jllovesth")
- Marlena Diamond on MySpace
- Lily Ford on MySpace
- Robert Hawkins on MySpace
- Jamie Lascano on MySpace
- Beth McIntyre on MySpace
- Hudson Platt on MySpace
- List of firearms used in the film
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