Cloverfield Monster Details Revealed

Clovey, the baby?If you’re like me, or several other people who saw “>Cloverfield (review), then you’ve probably got some questions about the film’s monster. What is it? Is it a baby? Were the parasites offspring? What was with the tiny arms on its underbelly? Why did it change size?

A few of those questions were answered recently via Tagruato blog. The site scored an interview with Cloverfield‘s Lead Creature Designer Neville Page.

The interview revealed something I’m pretty sure we didn’t see in the film. Does this mean there will be lots of deleted scenes featuring the monster using certain body parts that played no role in the theatrical release?

Tagruato: The appendages on the creature’s underbelly have been a source of great speculation. Hasbro’s description of the toy includes, “creepy people-sucking underbelly.” Director Matt Reeves also made reference to “feeding tubes”. You mention the creature has more than one way to eat. Can you shed some light on the form and function of this or any other aspects of the creature?

Page: The “feeding tubes” are basically elongated, and articulated external esophagus with the business end terminating in teethlike fingers. The reason for this feature was actually driven by the need for more personal interaction from a story standpoint. If Clover’s hands were to reach down and grab someone, it would not be unlike someone reaching down to grab an ant. The scale is so disparate that there would almost be no connection to the horror. So, we felt that there needed to be a feature that would be “relatable”. Sadly, the scenes for this were cut.

Click here to see the interview in its entirty.


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  • Tsotha-lanti

    I still don’t really like the monster design, the more we get to know about it the more nonsensical it seems and not nonsensical in the good HP Lovecraft way.

  • Terminal

    It makes a lot of sense AND is a great idea. The “ant” theory would also make sense when Clovey attacked Hud trying to eat him and barely swallowed him whole. I love it. I still think there’s more to this story Abrams isn’t telling us. Why else would he make a manga that was completely Japanese? Either way, the little gag at the end of the movie with the coney island footage showing something crash into the water was a hint of things to come. I still think there were two monsters, who knows.