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A Brief Follow-Up To Yesterday's CLOVERFIELD Report!! More Monster Musings!! JJsaurus Has Lice!?!?

Merrick here...
A reader sent in a brief follow-up to yesterday's report about CLOVERFIELD, in which we discussed rumors that the "creature" in the film is covered with scales (or somesuch) that, when dislodged, are actually monsters themselves. Here's what his note said:
A friend if mine who was [relation to the film deleted by editor] told me there's thousands upon thousands of "parasites" on the big monster that leap off and attack everything in sight after it's been hit by some tank shells. Supposedly they are sort of "Alien" looking with five or six claw like legs. PS - the movie is (sort of) a modern day version of "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms " . Which if you ever seen it was about a giant monster attacking NYC.
Interesting. So, maybe the "parasites" our reader talks about here are essentially the "raptors" referenced in the article linked above? Another thought... We've been hearing very spotty (and wholly unconfirmed) implications that the creature in the film may have something to do with a whale. Personally, I can't quite visualize this - the image that springs to mind is goofy as hell. Although... Check out the CLOVERFIELD creature's roar ON THIS BLOG. The sound is (evidently) pulled from one of the film's viral sites. Strangely enough, I do hear a whale in this roar. Am I wrong? Or is this a rorschach kinda thing? Or, there's always that secret ingredient that turns small fish into giant whales...is referenced in the history section of SLUSHO.JP Or, it could just be that the "whale" rumor we've been hearing doesn't actually mean to imply the creature itself is whale related. Maybe JJsaurus' roar was simply processed from whale song, and someone misinterpreted this to mean the beast is actually a whale? I need Advil now. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 PHATHOMS, hunh? I can live with that.


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  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    It's a TYROCKADILLOSMOKEMONSTER

    by Edmundo

    You know it's gonna be.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    This time?

    by Sw0rdfish

    First?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Nemo's Revenge

    by blindambition238

    hopefully

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    This film blows Godzillas

    by Chiziola79

    Flacid cock, at huge overhyped flop in the making,

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    OMG, it's "Whales On Stilts - The Movie!"

    by DerLanghaarige

    Does anybody know the book? I only know the cover of it. It'S about Whales on stilts that are shooting lasers out of their eyes and destroy a city!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    The beast! The beast! The beast from 20.000 fathoms!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I just love that trailer. And the movie is pretty cool, too.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I hope it's not as shoddy as the original teaser poster

    by tonagan

    I mean, they forgot to draw the Statue of Liberty's head on that one! What a bunch of doofuses.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Upside Down Johnson, believe it or not, but...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...I seriously think that the "concept art" looks scary! (Please don't ask me why. I guess I just discovered that I'm scared of whales.)

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    AICN fell hook line and sinker...

    by Philvis

    for the marketing campaign for this movie. Focus on some other movie news out there besides falling prey to these new tid bits about the "best" movie ever.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Rapidly losing interest in this movie ...

    by GCH888

    I was looking forward to a modern re-telling of H.P. Lovecraftian lore with Cthulhu monsters attacking NYC. Instead this is turning into Emmerich's Godzilla (right down to the mini monsters).

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    A Whale huh?

    by BERSERKR

    Im surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but Godzilla as you all know in Japanese is Gojira, Gojira means, Gorilla...bum bum BUH, WHAlE!:P

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hmmmm...

    by StrokerX

    Gojira means Gorilla whale? never new that one. I'm just wondering how this is gonna work with it all shot on the handy cam.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    KUJIRA means "whale"

    by Shozo

    The original Japanese GODZILLA was named "gojira," which was a twist on the Japanese word for "whale," which is KUJIRA. Just a musing. There are a lot of "jokes" and "riddles" posted in the Friends Comments on the myspace pages. Most of them have to do with "dinosaurs." Also, yesterday someone mentioned that a girl is "bitten" and becomes a monster. One girl's myspace page has a comment which reads, "Those cant be your real legs, or you would be 8 feet tall." Perhaps people transform into 8 ft tall dino/lizards. Perhaps it is all set in motion by the Slusho company dumping industrial waste in the ocean. Or, perhaps in Larry Cohen "The Stuff" fashion, Slusho discovers a secret ingredient in the ocean that causes people-lizard transformations.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    This needs to end

    by sevadro

    What is with all the over-analyzation of this stupid fucking movie? JJ Abrams is a hack and the only way he can intrigue people with his tired cliche ridden work is to throw every bag in the sci-fi book of tricks at us. After Star Trek becomes the flop it is no doubt destined to become, this guy will become the new Joss Whedon - a Hollywood pariah of epic magnitude. Watch for the true Hollywood story of him turning to drugs and cheap prostitutes and eventually finding God. Mark my words.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I want a can of Slusho.

    by rev_skarekroe

    That's good slush!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I think Cloverfield has Jumped the Shark

    by V'Shael

    I couldn't give a shit anymore.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Seriously, AICN

    by decypher44

    These "updates" are silly. Many of the items you posted in the last couple of days have just been theories that have been posted all over (unfiction, Cloverfield Clues, etc)over the last couple of MONTHS. I don't mind having talkback threads for this upcoming movie, but can you post some actual "NEWS" about it?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I think I fought this monster once . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . in Wizards & Warriors for the Sega Genesis.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The IMportance and Impact of the Saturday Evening Post!

    by Puddleglum

    Holy shit, this is gonna be great!! <p> <p> Is it 1953?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    STOP! These are powers BEYOND the Cosmic Barrier!!

    by Puddleglum

    "It is something man was not meant to disturb."

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The Beast! The Beast! The Beast from the city of TANIS!

    by Puddleglum

    "Obtain headpiece. Staff of Rah. Abner Ravenwood. US"

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    over-saturation

    by Silverglade

    I am burned out already on this movie. And we still have 4-5 more months of this.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    It's a SMURF. A GIANT SMURFASAURUS!!!

    by Puddleglum

    Somebody fetch Gargamel, goddamnit!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    not enough shaky-cam in that clip

    by monorail77

    Y'know what that clip from "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" needed? More shaky-cam. Yep, that'd be super. Good thing its being remade! I wonder if Jason Bourne will make an appearance in Cloverfield?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fantastic? But I tell you IT COULD HAPPEN!

    by Puddleglum

    "The leviathons that roamed the earth at the beginning of time." <p> Bob Hope? <p> George Burns? <p> Napoleon is attacking NYC?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    J Edgar Hoover will APPEAR AND DESTROY US!

    by Puddleglum

    "We need to find Ray. I need him here immediately."

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    We must prepare for the coming of Gozer.

    by Puddleglum

    ...the DESTRUCTOR!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    JJ

    by MC-909

    Never trust someone that goes by "JJ". Sounds like he should be selling cars somewhere along side Bernie Mac.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Godzilla has super lice too!

    by Raymar

    If you remember the begining of Godzilla 1985 with the scene on the boat. A giant tick-thing attacks somebody and has eaten the crew.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH SLUSHO, PEOPLE!

    by Pennsy

    or Cloverfield talkbacks. ;)

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    is it me?

    by waggy

    or is this sounding more and more like The Host?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Please market this movie to me in a way I prefer

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I use the internet and have a sense of entitlement.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    If any of these latest scoops are true...

    by hank henshaw

    ... it shows that some movie geeks here have better ideas for movies (back when all people had was an intriguing trailer, and it was all speculation) than what Hollywood can ultimately deliver... but, we all already knew that.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Perhaps the JJSaurus is the bro of Mr. Stay Puft

    by Puddleglum

    "We're going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft is a sailor. He's in NY. We get this guy laid, we've got no problem."

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Attack of the Brachiosaur!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll quake with fear!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Attack of the Dimetrodon!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll shit yer trousers!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Attack of the Iguanodon!!

    by Puddleglum

    Your timbers will shiver with anticip.......<p> PATION!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Anklosaurs Attack!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll piss your pants!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Stegosaurs Stomp New York!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll wish the Terrorists had won!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Diplodocus Destroys New York!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll wish it was only a giant shark off the coast of New England!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN!!

    by Puddleglum

    Dabney Coleman gets it in the shorts from Fozzie!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Jessica Alba walks naked down Broadway!!

    by Puddleglum

    You'll cream your jeans.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Attack of the Clones!!

    by Puddleglum

    The Beard comes in search of NYC's perfect streetcart knish! And fucks up a movie franchise in the process.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Voltron vs the Coelocanth from 20 BILLION Fathoms

    by Puddleglum

    i think I'm done 4 now

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Poor-Man "Godzilla" made for the Sci-Fi channel.

    by Mike_D

    Thats what this is turning out to be.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Phathoms?

    by Samson_K

    Phor Phuck Sake

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Monster Island

    by The hoff

    "don't worry it's just a name" <p>"What i meant was it's actually a peninsula"<p>

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Better be Damn Good !!

    by dagonjr

    After all this BS, it had better be the best damn monster movie EVER !!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    YACT

    by Darksider

    Yet Another Cloverfield Talkback. How can we still be having these just based on specutlation for a movie no one has a real reason to care about? Really. Why should anyone want to see a movie with no specified plot other than a monster is in it(WOW!), no known actors, a really shitty LA looking NYC trailer with bad effects/acting and no real title? By a shit writer/director that gets way too much business for himself on this site? Is the act of speculation really that facinating that we keep doing this? How many talkbacks and posts have given any real information? I've lost track of how many Cloverfield talkbacks there have been and I know the same thing now that I read on the first one. We even have to have a follow-up talkback for the last talkback that came out yesterday. Can this film possibly live up to the hype, time, effort, talkbacks, headlines, speculations, that this site has produced? Well?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    Hype Hype Hype, fucking zzzzzzzzz

    by PotSmokinAlien

    has it occurred to anyone that the trailer didn't have a title just because the fucking thing is too murkily conceived at this point to even have one? count me the fuck out. we know JJ often leaps into shit at least half blind (LOST, mi3)--is it at all possible that this is another piece of crap he is making up as he goes along, bouncing "maybe" ideas off the internet to see what's too ludicrous, and going from there? i feel like he's just started the marketing hella early as an experiment to see how much buzz is too much buzz. i love me some LOST, but at this rate JJ will be remembered more for his achievements in blurring the line between marketing and entertainment, rather than the quality of the entertainment itself. and that is pretty lame, in my opinion

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    hey darksider

    by PotSmokinAlien

    we ought to take JJ out for a couple beers and talk some sense into him

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'a Dagon!

    by KillaKane

    Dammit, was hoping that something Lovecraftian was rising from Rileh. Oh well, sounds pretty Godzookie banal now.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    If it's a massive creature from the sea

    by Novaman5000

    It makes total sense that they'd use some version of a whale's call embedded into the roar, along with some other sounds. The idea is to make something that sounds like it could be from the ocean. <p> I LOVE monster movies like this, I'm just trying to not get my hopes up too much. <p> This also sounds a big like the Host, where the creature had fish sort of stuck in him that fell out... thing is when they fell out they didn't eat people, they just... flopped around on the ground and died. <p>...This is cooler.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Already bored of the hype

    by dastickboy

    Just show something on it already, I'm bored of the whack-job rumours that are going round. "It's a lion!" I mean, honestly.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    One thing about these "tidbits"

    by Goody2shoes

    I have a friend who worked on this. They weren't, and still aren't, allowed to tell me anything about it plot-wise (anyone who reads the sript has to sign a non-disclosure agreement), but he did say that all the little pieces of information that "somehow" find their way to the web are put out by JJ himself. This somehow makes me less interested in all the little news updates this site keeps running. I'll just wait until January.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Slusho website

    by Captain Hollywood

    Certainly has more than a 'few' whale references.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Darksider... Did you really just ask

    by Novaman5000

    "Why should anyone want to see a movie with no specified plot other than a monster is in it(WOW!), no known actors, a really shitty LA looking NYC trailer with bad effects/acting and no real title?"<P> Dude, honestly I have no idea if this is gonna be good, and I'm not being an apologist for the film, but that question just struck me as uniquely stupid.<p> Do you even LIKE movies? A monster attacks a city and a bunch of people have to survive. Plot, right there. As with ANY monster film, the basic plot isn't going to be what makes this movie, it's going to be the characters and the inventiveness of the action.<p> No known actors? WTF is this? You have to have big names in a film in order for it to be good? That's bullshit. Unknowns are sometimes the best option for films, especially films like this.<p> What the fuck is an "LA looking trailer"? It looked enough like NY to me. Effects were fine, and mostly likely not even final. Until we see the monster, the jury is out on this. <p>And we saw about 1 minute of acting, most of it running, but it all seemed perfectly fine. The only thing that struck me as hammy about the trailer was the occasional guy in the background screaming things like "It's alive! It's huge!" which was awkward.<p> Finally, no title is a great marketing tool. The filmmaker doesn't have to decide on anything for a while, and the public's interest gets piqued because it's intruiging that an untitled film would get a trailer. Win win.<p> Like I said, I'm not apologizing for this film, it could totally suck, but so far, it seems like they're doing ALOT of things right on this bad boy.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I hope there's a lot of silly poop jokes in it.

    by kirttawesomio

    That would really break the tension and balance out the film. JJ if your listening, SLAPSTICK is the key.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Beast from 20,000 Fathoms eh ?

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Wonder if they'll bring in a Lee Van Cleef type to finish it off at the end. My vote goes for Stephen Seagal!!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    But to answer your final question

    by Novaman5000

    No, the film will never live up to the hype. That's why no one should buy into the hype that is getting pumped out on this site about it. But in defense of JJ... Shit writer/director? Did you SEE the lost pilot? How many [well-deserved] awards did that guy win for that fucking thing? <p>And Alias in its heyday? And MI-3 was leaps and bounds above MI-2 and at the very least on par with MI-1... <p>What I wanna know is where the hell does JJ's bad rep on this site come from?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say CTHULHU?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Awww, yeah! Que it up! It's time for the CTHULHU DANCE!<P>C, c, c, c,<br>T, t, t, t<br>H, h, h, h<br>U, u, u, u<br>L, l, l, l<br>H, h, h, h<br>U, u, u, u<P>CTHULHU!!!<P>We can dance like Cthulhu<br>We can answer to his call<br>Watch him kick Lady Liberty's head<br>down the road like a soccer ball<P>Say, we can dance like Cthulhu<br>Live it up while the livin's good<br>Cause once he awakens, the world starts shakin'<br>and there goes the neighborhood<P>Say, we can dance, we can dance<br>Great Old Ones are in control<br>We can dance, we can dance<br>Hear them callin' the call<br>We can dance, we can dance<br>Terror makes you go in a trance<br>We can dance, we can dance<br>Everybody's shitting their p-a-a-nts<P>The Cthulhu Dance<br>The Cthulhu Dance<br>The Cthulhu Dance<br>Yeah!<P>THE CTHULHU DANCE!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Also, is it just me or is the statue of liberty's head

    by Novaman5000

    incorrectly proportioned in the trailer... This may have already been discussed but shouldn't that thing be bigger??

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    It does sound like a whale

    by The Chosen

    A sore throat one. Whale with lice-raptors devouring NYorkers. How is the monster expected to blow up Statue of Liberty? Looking forward to this one!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    While on the topic of crappy monster movies...

    by Philvis

    Where are the news reports and insider scoops on Dragon Wars?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    love that roar....

    by RockLobster800

    what ever it be....it gets me excited when all other news of this seems "okay"

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Odd

    by mentat75

    Frankly, I love feeding into this. It's good stuff to waste time on a Friday before a long weekend. Type in youcantdrinkjustsix dot com and it takes you to a US Gov site about underwater ocean acoustics. Coincedence? Don't know why a government site would register that domain name. It even has links to some underwater wav files.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Odd (continued)

    by mentat75

    "You can't drink just six" is the tag line from that Slusho site that some have speculated is linked to this movie. Sorry, should have mentioned how I got to that.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    No, he said CTHULUUTHULHUTHLUHTTHULHUTHULHUTHTLHUTHLU

    by J-Dizzle

    I'm pretty that's how you pronounce it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Really?!

    by CigaretteFairy

    This all sounds like a bunch of internet pap, what with all this talk of Godzilla, and scales, and raptors falling off it and whatnot... I mean, really?! JJ's probably just fucking with you. This film looks really interesting from the trailer and it's looking like all this other shit is being put out there to mock people who use sites like this. Aint-It-Fuckin-Rumours.com! Surely it's all just 'cause people suggested it reminds them of Godzilla? Good day.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    BTW, Dragon Wars will kick the crap out of this!

    by J-Dizzle

    yes, OH yes.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    LOL, Mr. Nice Gaius

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    And nice to see someone else saw Godzilla 1985. Me? I loved it, unashamedly.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Studios have by the way taken note of the hype hate

    by emeraldboy

    All the movies this summer, I avoided drek 3 that I have seen, The lack of hype or precieved lack of hype has been palbable. Maybe in the US they Bombarded the shit out of films, but here in Ireland, I thought it was all very quiet, the odd poster here and there, on the back of buses. Financially they all did well but they did seem quieter then usual.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    cloverfield is an anagram for...

    by wookie1972

    "Relic of veld", "veld" being a variant on "veldt", the name for the African grasslands known for (among other things) being the home territory of lions. Now, I pesonally don't think this is a Voltron reference, but some might interpret it that way...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    THE WHALES HAVE COSMPIC POWERS ! !

    by Pound Sand

    But no stilts.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I don't know what Slusho means and I don't care

    by Stuntcock Mike

    It's just a nifty sounding word.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Bloop, it's bloop

    by pluto77189

    The acoustics ebpage that's linked to youcantdrinkjustsix.com is a great hint. Bloop was a sound recorded years ago, that is thought to be animal in nature - but if it is, it's much larger than a whale. Google Bloop, it's been around a while.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I repeat (because it's so damn cool):

    by DerLanghaarige

    The beast! The beast! The beast from 20.000 fathoms!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I googled bloop!

    by DerLanghaarige

    And it sounds like an underwater fart.<br> It's an interesting phenomenon anyway. *starts writing screenplay about this*

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    The Untitled Underwater Fart Screenplay A.K.A. BLOOP !

    by Pound Sand

    Needs some more fake titles, maybe a dude named Ethan saying yes or no, and some anime mushrooms talking about space aliens who live in igloos on the moon.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Just re-release The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    by CopOnTheEdge

    It's not dated at all.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Golgotha demon?

    by BankyEdwards2309

    Know that's a movie I'd go and see a creature about!! Bring on the Shit Demon from Kevin Smith's Dogma!! Yee haaaa

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    The fart! The fart! The fart from 20.000 fathoms!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think tonight I gonna watch '20.000 Fathoms' on DVD again.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    maybe not a whale

    by Silverglade

    maybe giant dolphins shooting frickin laser beams from their heads.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Cthulhu

    by Street Trash Bhoy

    Its pronounced Ku'fuckyouJJAbramsfuckinstoprippingother thingsoffyouclownshoefuck'thu'loo

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    it better not be a fooking whale related thing

    by RockLobster800

    thats just as stupid as it being a lion....as I said yesterday, I like the lice idea. I hope this film is at least half good, the marketing has been class, if not just a little "gabbo, gabbo, GABBO!" in its own way.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Crouch down here and stay stock still...

    by Kid Z

    ... so this styrofoam-brick wall can fall on us! You gotta love the 1950's! Anyway... a whale? A mutant ginat-flea-infested whale? Ha... oooookaaay.... that's sounds about as dumb as Jack Sheppard's fake beard looks, JJ!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    CLOVERFIELD To Merge With SUPERBAD! CLOVERBAD!

    by Buzz Maverik

    From the makers of THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, LOST, SUPERBAD & FELICITY... CLOVERBAD! Screenplay by Seth Rogen and JJ Abrams, starring the guys who cut Judd Apatow's lawn, with Mrs. Judd as A Chick In the Movie! We need all the AICN overhype in one movie so we don't have to read two separate overhyped stories.<p>Synopsis: Jonah (Jonah Hill) and Minya (Son of Godzilla) are going off to separate colleges. During their last crazy night of high school, they decide to get some infectious monster lice, turn chicks into zombies and have sex with them. Meanwhile, their buddy Gamera tries to score booze with a fake ID "McCthulhu". He ends up in a parallel adventure with two monster hunters (Rogen and Samuel L. Jackson who keeps saying, "I used to be a great actor, man.").<p>Except 10,086 separate reviews on AICN! You'll get Harry, Mori, Merrick, Quint, Judd Apatow, JJ, JJJ, Double J, Midol Girl, Pamprin Girl and Unchecked PMS Girl.<p>Except coverage every time somebody thinks of this movie! See the Monster! Hear the Monster! Smell the Monster!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Photos on 1-18-08 site

    by pjryan519

    Did anyone realize that the photos on the 1-18-08 website can be flipped over. some have messages on the back

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    That reminds me of Brian Aldiss's "Poor Little Warrior"

    by Stalin vs Predator

    ...and is actually a nice (stolen) concept.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Are this "have you noticed?" guys for real?

    by emp

    Or just paid by the marketing campaign to make sure even the most retarded are able to catch up on the viral sites?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Still think this could have rocked serious monkey nuts,

    by Hir0 Pr0tag0nist

    If this had just been JJ Abrams' Lovecraftian horror film. Seriously, Cthulu or anyone else in that universe. Have the monster just ripping those people limb from limb but being all shadowy about it.. mmm. Sounds like a good time to me.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    The more that is revealed...

    by bswise

    ...the less I care. Future Headline: "Colverfield DOA from viral marketing overkill"

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    SPOILER!

    by Kid Z

    The creature turns out to be a nuclear-irradiated, gigantic Idaho Senator Larry Craig! The entire city is his men's room stall now... and he has a REALLY wide stance!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, now I know what the creature is.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    http://www.thetick.ws/images/blowhole.jpg

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Supernatural?

    by mannyp02

    I read somewhere that there may be some supernatural/superhuman aspects to the movie?! This is based on the trailer. If you watch it in slo-mo at about 1:36 into it where the statue of liberty head is crashing to the ground, it appears that someone "flies" in and saves two people? Anyone else hear anything on this?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Just another Monster Flick with a Verite approach

    by KillaKane

    Is still just another monster flick, I hope there's a bit more of a supernatural 'dark corners of the earth' slant to this, otherwise the whole viral approach could easily backfire.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    "I've seen it, it's a whale, it's huge!"

    by Gorgomel

    makes sense now!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I think the lice is from that boxer that pops

    by SkeletonParty

    in the Comebacks trailer.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    As a marine biologist, I must mention something...

    by SkeletonParty

    Whales do not have lice.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    but whale poop can kill in less than five minutes...

    by SkeletonParty

    if you are completely buried in it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I don't know why everyone blames JJ for the over-hype

    by slusho the vampire slayer

    All he did was make one kick ass, leave-you-on-the-edge-wanting-more trailer for a movie without a name, and then launched two viral websites and some MySpace pages. The reason why people are getting annoyed is because every other day there is another post about the movie, whether it be baseless rumors or postings of pictures from the set, which are all the product of fans. I'm sure he probably doesn't mind all the hype, but he just laid the groundwork, y'all have over-hyped it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I retract my post from the other article

    by ATARI

    Where I predicted 383 posts. That will now likely not happen as this article has taken focus away from the older article.<br> Our attention span is so fleeting.<br>

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I've figured out the twist, Slusho's market is Japan...

    by The Dum Guy

    But its manufactured in China! Only the Chinese production industry could cause something this horrible, that kills so many people.<br><br>Remember back when Transformers was first released in theaters? It seems pretty far off now, and I wonder how much longer we'll have to wait to see what this really is, 1-18-08 is a lonnnnggggg way off.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't the Submariner have a giant whale like monster

    by Yeti

    attack NYC in a Fantastic Four comic 30 odd years ago? I seem to recall reading that as a kid.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    *throws arms up in the air*

    by Dixie_Twins

    Well, there you have it. It's a fucking REMAKE. I too had high hopes for Chthulu.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Aw, so it's not "RAMPAGE: THE MOVIE"?

    by Flim Springfield

    Someone needs to make that anyways. Three monsters for the price of one!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    STAR TREK XI: HUMPBACK WHALES GONE NUTZOID

    by MrMysteryGuest

    :)

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I loved 20,000 fathoms as a kid...

    by just pillow talk

    will this really be like that?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    at least MRX is gone

    by Alpha Trion

    one more excerpt from his "story" and I was going to scratch my own eyes out.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST

    one more thing

    by Alpha Trion

    every movie before its released has haters. so, thats easy, those are the people you ignore because what the fuck do they know about something they havent seen. as far as this concept...i think a home video of a monster attacking a city is a good idea. havent seen something like it before, so im going into this movie with an open mind. and 1-18-08 will be here faster than you think.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    perhaps one of those little scaly things ate MRX

    by just pillow talk

    Poor MRX...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    CLOVERFIELD ENDING SPOILER

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    There is no monster. Its just the New Yorkers pretending so their kids won't leave town.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    JPT...we can only hope

    by Alpha Trion

    actually, i think he realized he was a hack. or maybe he realized he was a 14 year old dork trying to fit in with a bunch of adults.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST

    The Real SPOILER

    by Alpha Trion

    we all know that they willnever show the monster. sure, we'll see these parasites, but the actual monster will never be seen. thats the twist.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a sci-fi short story with a similar...

    by Mistahtibbs

    theme? Can't recall the author but the short was about time travel and the main character travels back to the "Age of Dinosaurs©" where he encounters a big, old sauropod and is promptly killed by.....a giant tick. Because the dinosaurs had parasites too! Just sayin' MT

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:03 p.m. CST

    this movie cannot get enough hype!

    by Alpha Trion

    and about too much hype...name one other movie next year thats going to be as interesting. no its not the most original idea, but face it, ever since godzilla and king kong first attacked NYC, there hasnt been another giant creature movie that wasnt a remake. and its about time someone tried something new with that concept because thats fun cinema.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    They should have made this movie 50s retro style

    by TheNorthlander

    like that trailer, in black and white, instead of modern. http://tinyurl.com/39gbfo

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Did someone say Uhura?

    by Jubba

    I didn't think she'd go on a rampage in New York...but then again, who knows...especially if Beyonce is cast as a young Uhura in JJ's Star Trek. Uhura went back in time to save the whales in Star Trek 4...now it all is making sense...ah JJ, you're a genius!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Has anyone had a nightmare that had Godzilla in it?

    by The Dum Guy

    Weirdest freaking wet dream ever...<br><br>

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Me Thinks Somebody Is Getting Paid to Push This

    by CrushKillDestroy

    It is already boring. Time to go to superherohype.com. . . .

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    It's a lion. And it's huge.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Bank it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    P.S. A device is found.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    01-18-08. Bank it.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Dark Horse Comics

    by tj donkey show

    Did a mini series in the late 80's that Godzilla's skin was crawling with giant, killer parasites. Just Sayin'

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:27 a.m. CST

    i like king ghidorah's roar

    by blonde redhead

    better than godzilla's. but this better not be a fucking godzilla-type movie (well, it can be a godzilla-type movie in terms of dealing with the fact that we got our asses handed to us on 9-11 in the way the japanese did with godzilla to come to terms with the fact that we not only firebombed the shit out of their country but then dropped two excellent bombs on their asses) or i will be well pissed. i want some kind of creature that i've never seen before. like an octopus headed god. but i'm thinking that's so not happening now.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    ITS FUCKING "SIN" FROM FINAL FANTASY X !!!!!! No joke!

    by TallBoy66

    No really, Sin was a whale-like city-killer Monster that disloged shells of itself that attacked the hapless citizens. Someone's been spending some time with their PS2.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:44 a.m. CST

    I will take this whale to the bank.

    by emp

    The blood bank.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    All Burnt Out!!!

    by Darth Hidious

    This is done and dusted, way too many people have lost interest already!!! Too many unanswered questions. Too much bullshit and HIDIOUSLY OVER-HYPED!!! BRING ON 'THE DARK KNIGHT'!!

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    CLOVERFIELD

    by TheLeader

    It's obviously giant bees.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Maybe a Jackasaurus!

    by Judge Briggs

    Perhaps!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I wanted this to be Cthulhu...

    by MartinX

    But it's sounding more and more like the bad Godzilla, with a giant mutant whalesquidcrab instead of a giant mutant iguana, and filmed with phones instead of movie cameras. There should be a law that only good movies get to have viral marketing.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Um.........

    by Gatsu3

    What are the viral sites associated with this movie? The official ones I mean. Is there a list out there?

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Must have

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Whaddaya say? Let's get this going.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Report on Cloverfield on British TV

    by getphilip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIeyGEVhcEE Very fun news report on the trailer and you can hear more dialogue as there are less sounds effects on the trailer clips.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Final Fantasy X - Sin

    by revolutionary

    I, too, agree that the creature is beginning to sound a lot like Sin from FFX. My first hint was yesterday's report that the scales detach and become monsters, themselves, and now the reports of the creature being whale-like?? Hmm...

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    does sound like sin to me too......

    by Deak the Geek

    a giant whale? sounds like sin to me too- maybe it has a body of a crab and the head of a social worker.....

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    shuttlepod_10

    by Alpha Trion

    indy 4 is going to be ruined by old men trying to relive their heyday. redoing the original star trek is the stupidest idea ever. there will never be another spock and kirk. rambo may have great violence but theres no way the plot will be believable and dark knight isnt that interesting. the original dark knight comic was and always will be the darkest, scariest batman story ever. the movie will not compare. so no, so far, there is nothing more interesting. iron man may come close, but seriously, marvel is becoming more and more "hollywood" like with their properties. greed kills art.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    you got that right Shuttlepod, and let's put Avp2 and

    by future help

    the Holloween remake/remix in there too. totally killing the spirt and heart of true original art.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    i meant: you got that right, Alpha Trion.

    by future help

    art.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    by Giant Ape Balls

    I don't care. As long as its a good monster flick I don't care. What I've seen looks great . As long as it doesn't end up like Godzilla, which might as well have been a gaint cow roaming the streets of the Big Apple for all the tension it created, I'm not bothered. We all need a tremedous monster flick right now (King King dies too easily)

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Even my son says this is based on Final Fantasy X

    by CrushKillDestroy

    It starts in a similar fashion as there's a party for a guy going to another country. A monster attacks yada yada yada they battle.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    A brief FFX summary for all

    by TallBoy66

    Tidus wakes up and he greet his fans, he's an underwater soccer player. At his big game its attacked by a giant monster that comes from the sea and transports him 1000 years into the future. He meets people who are trying to destroy Sin, the big underwater whale-like monster that detaches parts of itself to kill others. Tidus and his buddies level the fuck up to kill Sin. Sin is actually his dad. They kill it, but its okay because Tidus is just a living dream anyway and he disappears at the end. Doesn't make much sense, but the monster is pretty much the same.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    by Kiasuman

    Cloverfield Ending Credits - Spoilers At the credits ending of Cloverfield, *spoilers* the audio from the video cam says, "Help us!". But when played backwards, it says, "It's still alive!" This happens after the end credits of Cloverfield. Assuming the speaker was Rob, he suggests Cloverfield (the monster) is still alive. This also suggests a sequel for Cloverfield 2! *Spoilers* The Japanese oil company TAGRUATO drops a satellite (Chimpanz III) into the ocean as part of viral marketing (shown at the end of the movie when Rob and Beth were on the ferris wheel). TAGRUATO works with SLUSHO (a slush company), as the main ingredient for SLUSHO is found at the satellite dropzone (deep ocean). While searching for satellite and ingredients, they woke Cloverfield (the monster). People who were at the party in the beginning of the movie, were seen wearing SLUSHO shirts. Rob apparently was going to be the Vice President of TAGRUATO in Japan. The main ingredient of Slusho apparently turns a tiny fish into a HUGE whale in Ganu's (he found the nectar) dream, which explains the size of Cloverfield. *Update* The main ingredient is a deep sea nectar. *Update* Because the ingredient was discovered on the deep ocean floor, under amazing pressure and in the most extreme cold, Ganu knew he had to serve the ingredient in a near frozen state to preserve its freshness. Thus the idea of Slush (Slusho)! For animals/fishes/insects to survive in the deepest ocean (very high boiling temperature), they naturally have very high heat resistance. This explains how Cloverfield is able to withstand numerous bombs and attacks from the army. Cloverfield refers to the field formerly known as Central Park. Clovers are usually prone to grow at places after bombing. Thus the term "Clover" and "field" referring to park. *Update* Slusho is a very addictive drink, with signs of steroid drug like effects. Makes people stronger, constantly happy, have happy dreams and finally... "SLUSHO makes my stomach explode with happy!!" (Remember Marlena's stomach?) Taken directly from: http://www.cloverfieldendingcredits.com/