(US-2008; dir: Matt Reeves)
My name is Robert Hawkins. It’s 6:42 AM on Saturday, May 23rd. Approximately seven hours ago, some thing attacked the city. I don’t know what it is. If you found this tape, I mean if you’re watching this right now, then you probably know more about it than I do.
After months of very addictive, and seemingless endless, viral marketing campaigns online giant-monster watchers were all anxiously awaiting the chance to finally see what producer J.J. Abrams’ “Cloverfield” really was? Speculation had been both desperate and absurd. Fans raced to the theater in excitement to finally catch a glimpse of the titular beast, only to leave the theater scratching their heads wondering exactly what the hell it was that they just had seen? Some sort of sea creature? An alien? Glimpses of it within the film itself are fragmented, partial and fast, but what we do see has amazing impact. This is a film where we got to feel what it might be like to be right in the middle of a giant monster attack, as it wove its powerful 9-11 allegory.
You can get a better idea of the creature’s overall shape from this composite shot using a newly released model:
And here are two paintings inspired by Clover…
I couldn’t find the artist’s name, but the image, which was apparently painted by a fan immediately after seeing the film for the first time, came from this site.
And this stunning piece, titled “The Stockholm Incident” by the artist (samsonsreaper), comes from here (click on the image to view it full size — it’s worth it):
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