Just like a well-timed RKO, this 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer came out of nowhere. But as soon as I heard about it I got really excited. As a big fan of Cloverfield (2008) I’ve been waiting for a sequel for years. 2016 is the year that we finally get it. And this past weekend we got the first 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer:
I was beginning to think we wouldn’t ever see a sequel to Cloverfield, especially since producer J.J. Abrams seemed to be too busy with intergalactic juggernauts like Star Wars and Star Trek. But he goes back to his mysterious/monster movie roots with 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Although this is a sequel to Cloverfield there are some noticeable differences judging by what we see in this trailer: this seems to be a “bottle” movie as all the scenes in the trailer take place in one location and the IMDb page shows only three cast members; the cast members are relatively well-known actors as opposed to the original; and, perhaps most notably, it is not a found footage film and is not shot on a handheld video camera.
I also like the way the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer is set up. It shows what we think is a happy family, playing board games and co-existing in one living space, trying to entertain themselves. But around the 35 second mark the basement they’re living in starts to shake and we begin to see a whole new group dynamic form. All tied together with a beautifully eerie and very appropriate “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells.
Despite this being Dan Trachtenberg’s first feature film, he does have the guidance of Abrams and the acting prowess of John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).
What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for this Cloverfield sequel?
IMDb synopsis: Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.