History Film / Cloverfield

30th Jul '17 10:01:22 PM CJCroen1393
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* BigBad: Clover is causing all the destruction, though he's not doing so out of malicious intent.
29th Jul '17 4:46:16 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** While they are in the subway, Hud theorises that the monster may have "erupted from an ocean trench". This was 5 years before ''PacificRim'', where the monsters actually DO erupt from an ocean trench.
27th Jul '17 9:16:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* DiabolusExNihilo: Unlike most giant monster movies, this one doesn't bother explaining the creature's origin, since the main character's viewpoint is too low on the ground. Thus, no scenes with generals or scientists standing around providing exposition. It just shows up and rampages around New York City.
1st Jul '17 8:19:34 AM Gemfyre
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** While they are in the subway, Hud theorises that the monster may have "erupted from an ocean trench". This was 5 years before ''PacificRim'', where the monsters actually DO erupt from an ocean trench.
28th Jun '17 8:23:50 PM TitoMosquito
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* EvilDetectingDog: Or rather evil-detecting rats. While the gang travel through the underground subway tracks, they encounter a swarm of rats. All running from the direction they were coming from. So they started to walk faster.
20th Jun '17 6:12:46 PM Luigifan
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* BodyHorror: What happens when you're bitten by a parasite? [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs!]]
* CameraAbuse: Although the camcorder held by Hud suffers from both numerous drops AND the detonation of an EarthShatteringKaboom, it -- or at least the video tape -- still survives.
* CallBack: The movie starts at 6.30 am one month prior, after Beth and Rob have their night together [[spoiler: it ends at 6.30 ish when the monster gets Hammer Downed, with Beth and Rob dying together, chronologically. We also see Beth's apartment before the monster kills it. Jason, Rob's brother says something about "cherishing moments no matter how fleeting" and Rob does it. Marlena also mentions the monster eating people and then it ate Hud.]]

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* BodyHorror: What happens when you're bitten by a parasite? [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs!]]
[[spoiler:LudicrousGibs!]]
* CameraAbuse: Although the camcorder held by Hud suffers from both numerous drops AND ''and'' the detonation of an EarthShatteringKaboom, it -- or at least the video tape -- still survives.
* CallBack: The movie starts at 6.30 am one month prior, after Beth and Rob have their night together [[spoiler: it together; [[spoiler:it ends at 6.30 ish when the monster gets Hammer Downed, with Beth and Rob dying together, chronologically. We also see Beth's apartment before the monster kills it. Jason, Rob's brother brother, says something about "cherishing moments no matter how fleeting" fleeting", and Rob does it. Marlena also mentions the monster eating people people, and then it ate Hud.]]



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Marlena

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%%* DeadpanSnarker: MarlenaMarlena.



** The very idea of a kaiju in itself is deconstructed as well; instead of being a supernatural beast, an allegorical character or an out of this world being, Clover is at his core a normal animal reacting to things the way any other animal would.

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** The very idea of a kaiju in itself is deconstructed as well; instead of being a supernatural beast, an allegorical character character, or an out of this world out-of-this-world being, Clover is at his core a normal animal reacting to things the way any other animal would.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Hud can do little but watch in horror as Marlena dies horribly and messily in front of him.]]
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: According to the [[WordOfGod developers]], [[spoiler: the Brooklyn Bridge scene was changed from a hand destroying the bridge to a tail knocking it down]], because they wanted to imply that Clover was doing its damage to the city ''unintentionally''.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Hud [[spoiler:Hud can do little but watch in horror as Marlena dies horribly and messily in front of him.]]
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: According to the [[WordOfGod developers]], [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Brooklyn Bridge scene was changed from a hand destroying the bridge to a tail knocking it down]], because they wanted to imply that Clover was doing its damage to the city ''unintentionally''.



** [[spoiler: One of the alternate endings suggest that at least Beth survived the Hammerdown bombing]]
* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Jason is killed when the bridge collapses, Marlena is killed by a parasite, Lily is evacuated, Hud is bitten in half by the monster and Rob and Beth are caught in the nuclear explosion that kills it]].

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** [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of the alternate endings suggest suggests that at least Beth survived the Hammerdown bombing]]
bombing.]]
* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Jason is killed when the bridge collapses, Marlena is killed by a parasite, Lily is evacuated, Hud is bitten in half by the monster monster, and Rob and Beth are caught in the nuclear explosion that kills it]].it.]]



* EldritchAbomination: This monster evokes this, though it's clearly influenced by various deep sea creatures.

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* EldritchAbomination: This monster evokes this, though it's clearly influenced by various deep sea deep-sea creatures.



* FreezeFrameBonus: The very last shot of the film, depicting one last home video, shows ''something'' falling into the ocean for a split second. WordOfGod is that this "something" is [[spoiler: a satellite, the descent of which woke Clover up in the first place.]]

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* FreezeFrameBonus: The very last shot of the film, depicting one last home video, shows ''something'' falling into the ocean for a split second. WordOfGod is that this "something" is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a satellite, the descent of which woke Clover up in the first place.]]place]].



* GodzillaThreshold: the Hammerdown Protocol -- [[spoiler: the soldier tells the group that the government is willing to "let this whole area go" -- meaning MANHATTAN.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: the The Hammerdown Protocol -- [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the soldier tells the group that the government is willing to "let this whole area go" -- meaning MANHATTAN.]]



* GoshDarnItToHeck: Every utterance of "Oh my god!" this movie would easily be "fuck" in a real-life situation, and the only reason it isn't is because it would've lost the movie it's PG-13 rating.

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* GoshDarnItToHeck: Every utterance of "Oh my god!" in this movie would easily be "fuck" in a real-life situation, and the only reason it isn't is because it would've lost the movie it's its PG-13 rating.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Hud]], though nothing too graphic is shown.

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Hud]], [[spoiler:Hud]], though nothing too graphic is shown.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: The commentary refers to one background character, who happens to be recording the carnage like Hud, to be a potential one. Along with her, there are many people attending the party who go their separate ways after the attack. The ARG sheds light on a few others--there's a girl slumped over on a couch at Rob's party. It turns out she's hungover after downing a bunch of the SuperSerum that may have been involved in Clover's creation. The serum was sent to her by her boyfriend, an Eco Terrorist never seen on screen who is trying to take down Tagruato, the corporation that accidentally unleashed Clover. The ARG also followed a few of the partygoers up to the night of the party.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: The commentary refers to one background character, who happens to be recording the carnage like Hud, to be a potential one. Along with her, there are many people attending the party who go their separate ways after the attack. The ARG sheds light on a few others--there's others -- there's a girl slumped over on a couch at Rob's party. It turns out she's hungover after downing a bunch of the SuperSerum that may have been involved in Clover's creation. The serum was sent to her by her boyfriend, an Eco Terrorist EcoTerrorist never seen on screen who is trying to take down Tagruato, the corporation that accidentally unleashed Clover. The ARG also followed a few of the partygoers up to the night of the party.



* MadeOfIron: The ''freaking camera.'' It still isn't gone by the end, [[spoiler:surviving longer than the humans do.]]
** When Clover [[spoiler: eats Hud]], the camera falls ''70 feet'', lands on the ground with a thud, '''and carries on running'''!

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* MadeOfIron: The ''freaking camera.'' It still isn't gone by the end, [[spoiler:surviving longer than the humans do.]]
do]].
** When Clover [[spoiler: eats [[spoiler:eats Hud]], the camera falls ''70 feet'', lands on the ground with a thud, '''and carries on running'''!



** Also, clovers are the first plants to grow back in an area after a nuclear strike, which makes a lot of sense if you tend to the theory that [[spoiler:the mysterious "HAMMERDOWN protocol" was a nuclear weapon.]]

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** Also, clovers are the first plants to grow back in an area after a nuclear strike, which makes a lot of sense if you tend to the theory that [[spoiler:the mysterious "HAMMERDOWN protocol" was a nuclear weapon.]]weapon]].



* MonumentalDamage: The Statue of Liberty, if the commercials didn't clue you in. The Brooklyn Bridge gets smashed, too, and so does the [[spoiler: Empire State Building.]] The creature clambers over Grand Central Station in one shot, although it's unclear how much this damages the building.

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* MonumentalDamage: The Statue of Liberty, if the commercials didn't clue you in. The Brooklyn Bridge gets smashed, too, and so does the [[spoiler: Empire [[spoiler:Empire State Building.]] Building]]. The creature clambers over Grand Central Station in one shot, although it's unclear how much this damages the building.



* MoodWhiplash: Intentionally done. Hud was accidentally taping over a cutesy video of the OfficialCouple and a few times when he stops the tape it cuts to about 30 seconds of sweetness between them.

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* MoodWhiplash: Intentionally done. Hud was accidentally taping over a cutesy video of the OfficialCouple and a few times when he stops the tape tape, it cuts to about 30 seconds of sweetness between them.



* NonMaliciousMonster: If WordOfGod is to be believed, the monster itself is not purposely trying to cause trouble- he's just lost and wants to go home. It does intentionally eat people throughout the film, though.
** It also attacks since it's confused and frightened, it being only a lost, scared baby animal after all. (Awww... poor thing!)

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* NonMaliciousMonster: If WordOfGod is to be believed, the monster itself is not purposely trying to cause trouble- trouble -- he's just lost and wants to go home. It does intentionally eat people throughout the film, though.
** It also attacks since it's confused and frightened, it being only a lost, scared baby animal animal, after all. (Awww... poor thing!)



** Also applies to the movie as a whole - nobody (including the military) knows where Clover came from, no one knows why it's here, all they know is that there's a massive, dangerous monster destroying the city and they need to get the hell out of the city before it finds ''them''.

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** Also applies to the movie as a whole - -- nobody (including the military) knows where Clover came from, no one knows why it's here, all they know is that there's a massive, dangerous monster destroying the city and they need to get the hell out of the city before it finds ''them''.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted - the NYPD and emergency services apparently respond quickly and manage to organize the evacuation of Manhattan fairly efficiently.
* PopGoesTheHuman: [[spoiler: Marlena's grisly death after being bitten by the parasite.]]
* PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: The 9/11 imagery is all over the place during the monster's attack. At one point a party goer questions if an explosion that happened downtown is the work of terrorists.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted - -- the NYPD and emergency services apparently respond quickly and manage to organize the evacuation of Manhattan fairly efficiently.
* PopGoesTheHuman: [[spoiler: Marlena's [[spoiler:Marlena's grisly death after being bitten by the parasite.]]
* PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: The 9/11 imagery is all over the place during the monster's attack. At one point point, a party goer party-goer questions if an explosion that happened downtown is the work of terrorists.



** Subverted on the last one. [[WordofGod J.J. Abrams confirmed that Clover is dead.]] On the other hand, [[FridgeHorror if this was only a baby...]]

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** Subverted on the last one. [[WordofGod J.J. Abrams confirmed that Clover is dead.]] On the other hand, [[FridgeHorror if this was only a baby...]]]] what's gonna happen when Mama finds out?



** Indeed, if you pay attention to the background as they are tending to Rob, you'll notice the remains of the helicopter (in particular a Rotor stuck in the ground) [[spoiler: gradually shake more and more with Clover's approach.]]

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** Indeed, if you pay attention to the background as they are tending to Rob, you'll notice the remains of the helicopter (in particular a Rotor rotor stuck in the ground) [[spoiler: gradually [[spoiler:gradually shake more and more with Clover's approach.]]approach]].



* SequelHook: Pointed out by Abrams himself, being that during the bridge crossing you can see another individual with a camera trying to record everything. Not so much a sequel hook as a possibility for OnceMoreWithClarity. Additionally, some static after the credits that may be resolved into [[spoiler: "It's still alive!"]].

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* SequelHook: Pointed out by Abrams himself, being that during the bridge crossing you can see another individual with a camera trying to record everything. Not so much a sequel hook as a possibility for OnceMoreWithClarity. Additionally, some static after the credits that may be resolved into [[spoiler: "It's [[spoiler:"It's still alive!"]].



* ShortLivedAerialEscape: Our heroes finally manage to get on an evacuation helicopter after their long ordeal. And then [[spoiler: the monster whacks it out of the sky.]]
* ShoutOut: The music at the end especially, though during the blurring moments of the camera, they snuck in frames from Black and White monster movies ''Film/KingKong1933'', ''Film/{{Them}}'' and ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms''. The film itself is inspired by Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and other, similar {{B Movie}}s.

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* ShortLivedAerialEscape: Our heroes finally manage to get on an evacuation helicopter after their long ordeal. And then [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the monster whacks it out of the sky.]]
sky]].
* ShoutOut: The music at the end especially, though during the blurring moments of the camera, they snuck in frames from Black and White monster movies ''Film/KingKong1933'', ''Film/{{Them}}'' ''Film/{{Them}}'', and ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms''. The film itself is inspired by Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and other, similar {{B Movie}}s.



* SilentCredits: For a minute or two, at least, then the above music starts up. The credit song "Roar" has such a quiet build that it's barely audible till about a minute in.

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* SilentCredits: For a minute or two, at least, then the above music starts up. The credit song "Roar" credits song, "Roar", has such a quiet build that it's barely audible till util about a minute in.



* SmokeShield: [[spoiler: Clover waits just long enough to give the characters false hope.]]

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* SmokeShield: [[spoiler: Clover [[spoiler:Clover waits just long enough to give the characters false hope.]]



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler: When they get into the helicopter and start flying away you almost think the movie is about done. Only for a very pissed off monster to attack the helicopter.]]

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When they get into the helicopter and start flying away away, you almost think the movie is about done. Only done.... only for a very pissed off pissed-off monster to attack the helicopter.]]
19th Apr '17 1:27:35 AM Daethalion
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* AttentionDeficitOhShiny: The ''camera''. The monster almost never appears in full field of view or for very long because the camera is always panning away for some reason or another. Or no reason at all.
16th Apr '17 9:01:54 PM ThePest179
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* {{Jerkass}}: While Hud is crying over the fact that [[spoiler:Marlena just exploded in front of him]], Rob runs up to him and basically tells him to suck it up so they can go rescue his girlfriend.
16th Apr '17 10:54:17 AM ThePest179
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* PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: The 9/11 imagery is all over the place during the monster's attack. At one point a party goer questions if an explosion that happened downtown is the work of terrorists.


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** ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' can be seen on a TV


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* SinisterSubway: [[spoiler:The protagonists are attacked by the tick monsters in an abandoned subway. Prior to this, Hud mentions a story he heard about a person who would light homeless people on fire in the subway; the rest of the characters understandably tell him to shut up.]]
16th Apr '17 10:30:31 AM ThePest179
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* GoshDarnItToHeck: Subverted. Every utterance of "Oh my god!" this movie would easily be "fuck" in a real-life situation, and the only reason it isn't is because it would've lost the movie it's PG-13 rating.

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* GoshDarnItToHeck: Subverted. Every utterance of "Oh my god!" this movie would easily be "fuck" in a real-life situation, and the only reason it isn't is because it would've lost the movie it's PG-13 rating.
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