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Five Fun Things You Might Not Know About Cloverfield

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At the time of writing this post, all of us here on Dread are beyond excited to check out 10 Cloverfield Lane this weekend. A large source of the excitement comes from the fact that we have no idea what to expect from the film, and in fact we didn’t even know it was a thing until a couple months back. In a world where we know everything before it happens, that’s quite a treat.

The secretive marketing campaign is very similar to the one that got us all excited about Cloverfield back in 2008 – another film, connected to the new one, that remained somewhat of a mystery until the day it was unleashed on the big screen. That made the theatrical experience so very exciting, and it didn’t hurt that the movie lived up to every ounce of hype we all put into it.

Of course, now that it’s been nearly a decade since Cloverfield was released, hardcore fans pretty much know everything there is to know. But on the off chance that you maybe haven’t delved as deeply into the movie as we have, we wanted to regale you with five little factoids you might have missed. If you already know these things, don’t blame us for your rabid fanaticism!

Oh and don’t miss 10 Cloverfield Lane, in theaters March 11th.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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1) HIDDEN MONSTER MOVIE TRIBUTES

One thing we can almost guarantee you didn’t notice while watching Cloverfield for the first time is that director Matt Reeves worked in loving tributes to three giant monster movies from the past, and they flash on the screen so quickly that you need to ride the pause button to even find them. At three different points, the camera filming the action cuts out and brief snippets of Them! (1954), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), and King Kong (1933) are cleverly spliced in. You’ll find them at 24:06, 45.27, and 1:06:55.

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2) INSPIRED BY ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

The poster art for John Carpenter’s Escape from New York famously featured the head of the Statue of Liberty lying in the streets of New York. The provocative image caught the eye of a young J.J. Abrams, though he was disappointed to discover that the scene didn’t actually appear in the movie. As Abrams noted in Cloverfield‘s production notes, which leaked before the film came out, he always wanted to see that image come to life on the big screen, and that desire proved to be a large source of inspiration for the 2008 monster movie.

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3) A VOMIT-INDUCING EXPERIENCE

To the best of my knowledge, Cloverfield was the first giant monster movie to utilize the “found footage” style, and the technique made the film so immersive that the theatrical experience has been compared to an amusement park ride. Several theater chains, including AMC, had both posted and verbal warnings on the weekend of release for potential-ticket buyers, letting them know that they “may experience side effects associated with motion sickness similar to riding a rollercoaster.” And yes, many theater-goers did indeed experience migraines, motion sickness, and a temporary loss of balance while watching Cloverfield on the big screen. Proof that found footage, in the right hands, can take a movie to a whole different level.

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4) MOVIE WITHIN THE MOVIE?

In interviews around the time of Cloverfield‘s release, director Matt Reeves teased the film’s sequel potential, noting that Hud and friends weren’t the only ones who made a “home video” on the night the monster attacked New York City. Reeves hinted that a future sequel could tell an entirely different story from another point of view, and there’s one moment in the film (seen above) where he consciously gave us a brief glimpse of another one of those stories.

There’s a moment on the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was a guy filming something on the side of the bridge, and Hud sees him filming and he turns over and he sees the ship that’s been capsized and sees the headless Statue of Liberty, and then he turns back and this guy’s briefly filming him,” Reeves told Coming Soon back in ’08. “In my mind that was two movies intersecting for a brief moment, and I thought there was something interesting in the idea that this incident happened and there are so many different points of view, and there are several different movies at least happening that evening and we just saw one piece of another.”

Now THAT is a fun idea.

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5) “IT’S STILL ALIVE”

Speaking of sequel teasers, there’s another one at the very end of Cloverfield – and it was hidden in such a way that it required a little deciphering. In the final moments of the film, Rob and Beth take shelter under an arch in Central Park while the monster is being bombed by the military, and the fate of the beast is left unknown as the credits roll across the screen. But if you continue watching through the credits, you’ll hear somebody whisper “evila llits sti.” When played backwards, the man is clearly saying “It’s still alive.”

Will the monster appear in 10 Cloverfield Lane? We can’t wait to find out.

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UK Readers: Win a Copy of WINCHESTER on DVD

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With Winchester heading to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on May 28, we’ve giving three lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the supernatural horror film on DVD. For your chance to win, you’ll need to answer the following question correctly.

How many years did it take to build the Winchester house?

A. 38 years
B. 12 years
C. 100 years

Email your answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Winchester Competition” in your subject line, and we’ll take care of the rest. The competition closes on May 28, and please don’t enter if you live outside the UK.

Winchester was directed by the Spierig Brothers, and was co-distributed by Lionsgate and CBS Films. It stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren alongside Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, and Angus Sampson.

Winchester Official Synopsis
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric firearm heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, it is a house that knows no end.

Renowned for its enormous size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan, the Winchester house was constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades. It stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms with numerous oddities. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

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Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!

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Hey Los Angeles readers! We’ve got a pretty amazing contest available for you as we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to a random select few of you so that you can see the film at its premiere where writer/director Leigh Whannell and stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel will be in attendance! The event will be held at the Egyptian Theater the evening of May 30. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Invitation) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film is released through BH Tilt.

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AHS 8 Will Be More Like ASYLUM and COVEN

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News has been steadily coming in regarding the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story. It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the new season, which begins shooting this June.

And today we have word via Deadline regarding just what the tone will be for this new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive.

It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season,” Murphy said. “We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the grounded tone of AHS: Cult and I think it helped rejuvenate the series. But then again, a return to the tone of perhaps the show’s most beloved season (AHS: Asylum) is just what the series needs in the long run.

Are you excited to hear AHS 8 will be going back to the tone of Asylum and Coven? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

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