I saw a trailer for an untitled movie at the beginning of a special pre-screening for Transformers and I was utterly amazed. Now I finally know what that film is called: Cloverfield, and I know it comes out very soon: January 18th, 2008. I read up on it at Wikipedia and it looks really good, at least from what little information is available. It has been kept top secret during production and has been spreading like wildfire, becoming instantly viral and earning much of its following over the Internet.
The film is told from the point of view of a group of 5 friends with a handycam, sort of like the Blair Witch Project but with a huge unknown terror in downtown New York instead of a mythical witch in the middle of a forest. One of my favorite methods of storytelling is keeping the reader/viewer/gamer completely in the dark as to what is actually going on around them. This is way more realistic to me and is what it would really be like if some sort of major disaster happened and you were right in the middle of it.
If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Half Life franchise, which heavily relies on this type of storytelling to captivate you as you play through the games. I’ve also noticed that horror flicks and psychological thrillers that utilize this technique are far scarier and more effective. It seems that as soon as you reveal the true face of the conflict – what or who is behind it – the story loses it’s mystery, thus it loses it’s frightful stranglehold it has on the viewer.
I’m really hoping that this movie is as good as the previews indicate. It’s been a long time since a trailer has captivated me in this way and I’d hate for the movie to be terrible and cause me to have wasted the 5 minutes it took me to write this post, which I’m not even going to read before I press the “Publish” button, so I hope there are no misspellings and I hope it flows nicely and I hope it makes sense and I hope I didn’t repeat any words twice in a row and I hope there are no run-on sentences.
Here is the trailer: in HD
And here is an embedded video which contains a pretty poignant 5 minute clip of the movie. WATCH IT TO THE END!