Trivia / Cloverfield

  • Actor Allusion: Beth makes a joke at the start about Rob's footage ending up on the internet. Odette Yustman starred in a movie called Reckless Behaviour: Caught on Tape, about a teacher whose career is ruined when videos of her end up on the internet.
  • Christmas Rushed: It had to be rushed into production (which started in August 2007) to be ready in time for its stone-set date of January 18th, 2008 (the trailer, which was released a month earlier, came out while the film was still in pre-production).
  • Creator In-Joke: Jason can be seen wearing a 'Slusho!' t-shirt - a brand of drink from Alias.
  • Executive Meddling: Averted, and not. The relatively low budget of the film allowed the filmmakers to keep the nondescript title and Downer Ending (see above) despite concerns from Paramount, but executives maintained that the film be PG-13 instead of the R rating the creators wanted. When the filmmakers planned a single use of the word "fuck" (as allowed in a PG-13 film) an Executive Veto was made against it, on the grounds that the MPAA descriptor warning about even a little coarse language would stop some parents from the mid-western U.S. from bringing their kids (why they thought anyone would want to bring kids to this movie is anyone's guess).
  • Fan Nickname: Clovie, Clover, MGP, Darwin.
  • Lying Creator: Actually, the ARG generally answers very little about the movie, but replaces general questions with more in-depth ones.
  • Name's the Same: Beth McIntyre is also the name of Winona Ryder's character from Black Swan.
  • Shown Their Work: Without credits, the film runs at 80 minutes. That is the length of a long-running Mini DV tape, which was a common format used in consumer camcorders.
  • Shrug of God: The creators have left it intentionally ambiguous as to whether or not Lily was successfully evacuated and survived.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • A lot of scenes and aspects concerning the monster had to be cut in the final version or left out. One such scene showed the monster using some sort of "feeding tube" to violently devour fleeing people in what probably would have been the most horrific scene in the movie.
    • One of the alternate endings included on the DVD hint that Rob and Beth (or at least Beth) survived the Hammerdown bombing.
    • Greyshot was a proposed title to the film, named after the grey lines that show up when reel video is paused and the Greyshot Arch that the surviving characters hide under at the end of the film.
    • The monster was supposed to destroy the bridge with one of his hands, but filmmakers found that too deliberate. They changed it to the tail, to make it seem more accidental.
    • Scenes with the parasites were shot with puppets originally, but the subway scene in particular turned out to be more interactive - so CGI was used instead. The puppets were also thought to be too goofy looking.
    • Hud lived in the original draft. They opted to have him eaten by the monster, and it was supposed to be instant at first too. It was changed to be longer to give the audience a good look at the monster.
  • The Wiki Rule: Cloverpedia.
  • Working Title: The aforementioned Greyshot, Clover, and Monstrous were all early titles. Cheese, 1-18-08, and Slusho were all fake working titles to throw off the fans.


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