Clover was dying.Although Word of God is that the creature was looking for its parents, I think it makes much more sense that the creature was dying throughout its rampage in Manhattan and was lashing out in pain and confusion in its death throes. If the creature is an alien, then it's likely that it can't survive on Earth, due to differences in gravity, air pressure, atmosphere, etc. Suppose it was hibernating or incubating in the ocean until the satellite crashed into the water and disturbed it. (As to how it got there: An earlier meteor impact or some form of panspermia could have deposited Clover in the ocean. An extremely long gestation or hibernation period could just be a natural part of the alien's life cycle, especially given its size.) This could mean that the Hammerdown Protocol and the destruction of Manhattan was completely unnecessary, as the creature would've died eventually anyway.
Clover is an amphibian alien; Pseudis paradoxa styleIts parents will come and will be the size of a regular house.
Rob, Beth, and Hud were understandably very shaken up from having just survived a helicopter crash.Why was Clovie able to sneak up on them, despite being a giant monster? Because they were all fairly dizzy, shaky, and not fully aware of their surroundings. They'd just crashed onto the ground in a very loud, jarring fashion. Their ears were likely ringing, and they probably weren't as physically coordinated as they normally would be. Sneaking up on them would be about as difficult as sneaking up on a drunk person in a dance club, which is to say incredibly easy: just avoid their line of sight, because that's about the only thing working well enough to register your presence.
The image of the monster was altered by the goverment when they found the tape. The monster actually is Donkey Kong Jesus Riding A Puff of SmokeAnd the Nostalgia Critic is the only one who knows the truth.
The monster is the first wave of attack by the Combine, showing off their impressive DNA modification abilities.They modified a Gargantua by crossing it with the Race X from Opposing force.
Cloverfield is the earliest entry in the Star Trek franchise.Abrams has said that all of his projects take place in the same universe, and, of course, both Cloverfield and his Star Trek feature Slusho.
Cloverfield is an alternate continuity version of Jericho.The key difference being that Robert Hawkins was white. This prevents the US from getting nuked but unleashes the Cloverfield monster.
The US military knew about the monster in advance.Within a couple of hours of the first impact, there are full-sized battle tanks on the streets of Manhattan. It would be totally impossible for the Army to mobilize that fast unless they had some kind of warning.
The monster is another version of Sin from Final Fantasy X.There's some indication LOST and Cloverfield take place in the same universe. The monster was very similar to Sin. Putting things together reveals that the monster is the psychic manifestation of the Lost castaways whose spirits are trapped in the purgatory within the monster; their souls power its rampage of destruction.
The monster is a Locust siege machine waking on Earth instead of Sera.The monster looks like a few of the Locust creatures. It came out of the Earth. It could be a Locust monster, albeit of a different species. There is some kind of Locust creature living underground which could wake up on every planet. In Gears of War, it woke from emulsion drilling. On Earth, it woke from oil drilling.
The monster is a Great Old One.It was slumbering beneath the sea until the Tagruato company woke it up. It immediately started laying waste to everything. Nothing thrown at it, not even whatever Hammerdown is, stopped it. Sounds about the same as what's supposed to happen when Great Cthulhu wakes up.
The smaller monsters are "fleas" or "ticks" of the larger one.Think about it. Especially think about it while cleaning off a flea-infested carpet or walking through a weedy thicket...
There are two monsters.Enough people on the Internet seem to believe in this theory for it to merit a mention here. The monster that eats Hud seems markedly smaller than the one seen elsewhere in the film. A smaller and swifter monster would explain how it managed to sneak up on the protagonists, and why it chewed Hud. Hud smelled like those crazy bugs on mommy's back. Mommy is awesome.
The monster survived Hammerdown.The blip of static after the credits says "It's still alive" when played in reverse. See? Plus, Clover seemed Made of Iron throughout; no reason it couldn't stand up to whatever kind of superweapon Hammerdown was supposed to be.
The monster is an Angel from Neon Genesis Evangelion.It came up from the sea and immediately started laying waste to the nearest populated area, just like several of the Angels. An AT-Field would explain its apparent total invulnerability. The sequel will involve the deployment of Evangelions to New York to contain it.
Cloverfield documents the after-effects of Watchmen.The monster is a different version of the one released in New York.
Hammerdown is a nuke.It's held in reserve as a last-ditch weapon, and the person announcing its deployment finishes by saying "May God save our souls." Might be true, might not be.
Hammerdown is, in fact, Hammertime.When all else has failed, the US Government rely on the ultimate power of MC Hammer and his MC Hammer slide to defeat the monster. Since even this was not enough, Humanity is truly doomed.
Alternatively, Hammerdown refers to Captain Hammer.Captain Hammer was the final line of defense against Clover and the bridge collapsing was the result of him landing on it from the drop pod in the bomber. "It's Still Alive" refers to Captain Hammer since he is invulnerable and thus is ultimately victorious, the fighting leveled New York to the ground unfortunately.
Alternatively, Hammerdown refers to Captain Falcon.Obviously the military placed a bounty on Clover's head, that Captain Falcon came to collect. The bridge collapsing was a result of the awesome forces of the Falcon Punch that destroyed Clover. "It's Still Alive" refers to the title of Captain Falcon, which was passed on to Rob as there must always be a Captain Falcon.
Alternatively, Hammerdown refers to Chuck Norris.The military, knowing full well they can't kill Clover, bring in their ace in the hole. 'It's still alive' refers to Chuck Norris, who kill Clover in an epic battle.
Alternatively, Hammerdown refers to Godzilla.Because, it's obvious they were way passed the Godzilla Threshold by that point.
The monster is a tilt-a-whirl.'Nuff said.
Hammerdown is an N2 MineGoes with the above theory that the monster is an Angel. Because of the AT Field, it was still not powerful enough to kill the monster unless it hits its core at practically point-blank range, and could only injure it.
Kishin (the boy from the Cloverfield manga) is psychically linked to the MonsterOn the final page of the first chapter, what is presumably the Monster rises out of the water just as Kishin breaks down. This could mean that the Monster is somehow powered by people's despair.
The monster is Ben Linus performing a One-Winged Angel act, probably with the Smoke Monster's "help".It's more than a little likely that "Smokey" is some kind of Sealed Evil in a Can. It turned on Ben, who has recently been shown trying to use the monster to his own devices; it absorbed him, and together they became "Clover". This explains why Clover looks just anthropomorphic enough to be thought-provoking. The whole movie is a flash-forward to the aftermath of the events in "Lost".
The Monster is the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal!And while it attacks New York, it is making a very good meal of visiting tourists!
Some of the small creatures weren't parasites. They were the monster's young.There are many amphibian species that carry their eggs on their bodies and then come ashore when the eggs are ready to hatch. Judging only from the evidence provided by the movie itself, this seems a logical and horrible conclusion.
The monster was manmade.Someone tried to create their own version of Jurassic Park and got carried away.
The monster is a perfectly normal human who WANTS HONEYCOMBME WANT HONEYCOMB! ME WANT HONEYCOMB!
The monster is a djinn summoned by Islamic militants who have somehow gotten hold of occult secrets in an attempt to finish what 9/11 started.It would explain the oft-mentioned similarities to the 9/11 incident.
The monster and the smaller monster are in fact giant rampaging pubic lice.It was on a forum back when the film came out, and it makes about as much sense as any of the other theories.
Clover is somehow related to the Chimera from Resistance: Fall of Man.Exactly What It Says on the Tin. They look nearly the same.
The monster is a lhurgoyf.Ach! Hans, run! It's the Cloverfield!
The Cloverfield document was uncovered from a future-viewing experiment, and the United States destroyed USA 193 to stop it from awakening the monsterThink about it: There was the satellite or space junk that crashed into the ocean off Coney Island at the end of the movie (during the flashback). The United States Military found out about the events of "Cloverfield" through a future-viewing experiment. They then destroyed the Spy Satellite to stop it from ever waking up the monster.
Rob is still alive.How else does he say 'It's still alive.' at the end of the film?
Hammerdown is Hammer SpaceThe US military has gained control over that indefinable area where all mallets come from. They planned to suck the monster into it, or return it there. The monster's having control over Hammerspace would explain how it manages to sneak around New York. Also, it explains the survival of the camera.
Cloverfield is an alternate universe version of HeroesThis explains Beth's incredible healing abilities and Marlena surviving for as long she did. This explains the other girl's ability to run across half of Manhattan in high heels. This explains why the military soldier is willing to let three untrained civilians run off into hostile territory to rescue a friend - he could tell there was no point in stopping them. After all, Rob controls vast amounts of energy. That's how he could talk to his mom on the cell phone through six tons of debris. That's why Hude's video camera kept working for so long - Rob wanted it to.
Clover was running away from GodzillaJJ said the monster was scared. But since it was originally awoken by Japanese, it seems pretty obvious, what could scare him off... That, or yaoi fanfiction.
Hammerdown is, in fact, Alberto the ShockwaveThe guy's able to beat the crap of out Angels on foot. You don't get much tougher than that.
The monster is the Dreaming God from Pathways Into DarknessCloverfield takes place after the game, in a continuity in which the player in PID failed to detonate the nuke. The Dreaming God is awake and has begun spreading chaos across the Earth. Hammerdown is a contingency plan developed before the events of the game in case of failure, in which a bomb is dropped onto the monster instead of being placed there by ground forces. The monster is "still alive" at the end in that the bomb only stunned it to delay it until the Jjaro can arrive and deal with it, as was the plan in the game.
Cloverfield is set in the Gears UniverseSera and Earth are the same planet, but almost all records were destroyed by the Scorched Earth Plan. Hammerdown is another one of the satilites used in this, less known than The Hammer of Dawn. Clover is part of the Emergance Day attack.
Clover was created by GlaDOS and was in fact originally ChellThe monster was Gla DOS' master plan all along. She intended for Chell to escape because Gla DOS had treated Chell with a special serum that would make her mutate over time into a creature that could wreak havoc on the world that spurned an insane AI. This explains how at the end of the movie the monster is Still Alive
Clover was a Decepticon experiment that got out of handThe Decepticons were trying to make a techno-organic creature "read Alice" or say, some kind of Predacon. However, they accidently (or on purpose, take your pick.) unleashed it during production upon NYC. Operation Hammerdown was initiated, which was not actually a Nuke, but getting all avilable Autobots and NEST personel to begin an all out assault on the target with utter disregard to damage done to the city. Also the smaller clovers were drones that infect viruses. And Rob saying "It's still alive" at the end? A large ammount of blasts delivered to the monster still weren't enough to stop it. Also "Help us" was when another Helicopter, that turned out to be Springer, arrived and he was asking for help.
Hammerdown was actually a new GDI satellite based missile deployment system. The monster was Kain's new experiment in tiberium's effects on certain humans, set in a different timeline where tiberium has not become widespread and the GDI is a secret operationKain mutates subject, uses it to wreck havoc on that platform, drives subject to the shoreline by means of sonar pulses from submarines and lets it loose on the general population. The GDI are aware of this plan, about the time the platform was destroyed but couldn't retaliate immediately due to the secretive nature of their operation. They instead mobilize the general military, not knowing the full extent of the monsters powers. This is also why the monster is 'upset' because mutation is traumatic and Kain was it's parental figure. After Kain dumped it in New York, it lashed out, just as he intended. Once the military proved insufficient to take the monster down, the GDI were forced to utilize their satellite (and it's a satellite because hell, that's what they do) defense system, hammerdown, to stop it. To keep the satellite's role a secret, they also carpet bombed the place. The missiles work because it's the GDI, and they have magic super techno missile kapowers.
The monster is a Tyranid vanguard biotitan.Several months before the incident, something fell from the sky into the ocean near New York; conventional wisdom says 'satellite,' but it could just as well be a quasi-embryonic Tyranid biotitan in a spore that emerged from its spore, devoured a bunch of oceanic life, grew to its current size, and started rumbling around, wrecking New York and sending a psychic signal back to the Tyranids, who were nearly done devouring their own galaxy. This would cause the Tyranids to come to our galaxy, but only 38 millenia in the future. The God-Emperor would also realize the threat to come, and would start trying to amp up humanity's technology in time for the invasion, perhaps being the catalyst for the Dark Age of Technology. This would also explain Clover's complete resistance to modern weaponry, as only weapons from the far future would be able to kill it.
Hammerdown is a reverse-engineered version of The Hammer.In Independence Day, the alien superweapon is called "The Hammer". It's capable of destroying an entire city, yet doesn't leave behind any radioactive fallout. It's more powerful than any human weapon, with the possible exception of nuclear warheads. It's also shown a relative lack of success at penetrating bridges and underground tunnels completely, leaving these areas intact enough for, say, a camera to be still intact. The US military was able to salvage the Hammer from the downed alien spacecrafts, repair it, and reverse-engineer it into a weapon they could use.
Cloverfield is set in the same universe as Stephen King's "The Mist"Clover looks quite like the massive monster◊ seen towards the end of The Mist, and the parasites resemble the odd creatures that assault the convenience store. Maybe the Cloverfield incident was caused by the Arrowhead project? The Mist itself could have just been a local phenomenon, caused by the lake and the experiment, so it didn't affect New York City. Or maybe a variant of the experiment happened somewhere close, at a military base. WMG, indeed.
Clover is actually an overly mutated Epileptic Tree.Perfectly explains why it's so tall.
Cloverfield takes place in the future of Fringe.Frist, they're both J.J. Abrams productions. They both involve unexplained things wreaking havoc. The "Cloverfield" document comes from a potential future where the parallel universe managed to bust through. The monster was created as part of their overall plan to destroy our universe. The satellite plunging into the water was actually an interdimensional portal creator.
The monster is a Red Sox fan!And Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is Serious. Effing. Business.
Expanding on the above theory: The Monster is Wally pulling a One Winged Angel.Wally, for those not in the know, is the Green Monster (or at least the Anthropomorphic Personification of same). He is the cuddly, lovable costumed Red Sox mascot, and, as you can see, he would not look out of place at all hanging out with Grover and Elmo on Sesame Street. (He is also one of the few MLB mascots who doesn't appear to be designed to scare children.) Cloverfield documents his reaction to Johnny Damon joining the Yankees...
Hammerdown is the Goldion Hammer.Obligatory link to home series. I can't believe that you people couldn't think of that
Clover is the Blue Meanies' genetically engineered anti-music weapon, escaped from Pepperland.And the Hammerdown protocol is Maxwell and his Silver Hammer.
"It's Still Alive" refers to the monster's mother, not Clover itself.At the end credits of the film, the static message played backwards claims "It's still alive". But Abrams himself has stated that the monster was killed by the Hammerdown Protocol, so what's that clip doing in the movie? There are two reasons - a simple one and a clever one.
Cloverfield takes place in The MatrixThe reason the monster seems able to sneak up on people is because, like the devilsaurs in World of Warcraft, its large size makes it graphic take longer than normal to load. The signs of its presence only arise when it's already on top of you.
Immeadietly after Hammerdown began, the monster's mother arrived.The adult monster was easily able to defend her child from the bombs (New York wasn't so lucky.) After brushing all the monster fleas off and giving him a good talking to for wandering off alone, the two share a tender moment and leave in a flash of light. We never see this because of the camera's angle.
Cloverfield is a prequel to Pokemon.Why not?
The monster is Missing No.It's found in water areas of the game, who's to say it didn't make its way out of the pokeverse and into New York?
Hammerdown is Alex MercerIt makes sense, I mean Alex is effectively invincible, and Clover looks an awful lot like the Hunters (only a lot bigger). ** Also Clover is WHITELIGHT, We have black and redlight, it makes sense.
The monster is a descendent of The Rancor.Don't you think that the brief glances of the monster looks like a rancor?
The monster is a Tarrasque.It sleeps for long periods of time, is huge, and is destroying everything nearby. It must be a baby and thats why its looking for its mom, it doesn't know that there is only one at a time, and the reason that they said its still alive is that the new one respawned.
The monster is Lavos.It bears a striking resemblance to Lavos' second form, having the same skin color, inflating/deflating sacs on the sides of its head, and odd, stretched-out-looking arms. It also slept beneath Earth's surface for a great deal of time.
The monster is really a xenomorph that face-raped an undersea Eldritch Abomination.
The monster was created by the crossover thrash group Municipal Waste.."Clover" is actually the Attention Deficit Destroyer referred to in the song of the same name, and the parasite are the bastards referred to in Unleash The Bastards. Also, their album titles (Waste 'Em All, Hazardous Mutation, The Art of Partying, and Massive Aggressive) are indicative of their plan. They plan to waste all of New York City with a massively aggressive, hazardous mutant so they can have the city all to themselves in order to demonstrate the art of partying via the RADDEST KEGGER EVER!
Cloverfield is an alternate reality-prequel to Escape from New York.Escape from New York takes place in 1997. But this movie, taking place in 2008, is a sort of alternate reality prequel to Escape. This explains why the Statue of Liberty's head was on the ground on the cover of Escape. Some time after the end of Cloverfield, the monster is either completely destroyed or is herded back into the water. New York City, now completely wasted and no longer liveable, is transformed into a massive prison city. Cut a couple of decades later and events very similar to Escape From New York happen.
The Monster is the Witch in the Blair Witch Project.Do I really even need to explain this?
The "satellite" that fell is actually......the knocked-apart cockpit of Joseph Jostar's plane from part two of JJBA. You can just imagine him screaming about FUCKING PIRANHAS in the background of the ferris wheel scene.
The entire film is Hud's dream or delusion while he is passed out at the party.
Clover is or was thought to be a result of a prototype Aperture Science experiment ripping a hole into the other world of Stephen King's The Mist.Because Clover coincidentally started smashing up New York City at roughly the same time that the underground labs activated their (non-functional) portal device, the scientists (and the military that they had on standby) think they just re-enacted Stephen King's The Mist. "It's Still Alive" is a result of their computer replaying a clip of HUD's voice that it had captured earlier, which explains why the voice was backmasked. Later, after determining the separation of Cloverfield from the Aperture project, the newly created Aperture Science Laboratories used the computer's information as part of the disc-operated part of GLaDoS (wanting as much information on previous projects as they could get).
the monster is only a baby, and now his mother is very angry at the humans.The squeal will feature the humans activating their true weapon of last resort: a portal to Valhalla, from which Beowulf will emerge to deliver us awesome. (Hammerdown was obviously Mjolnir. The US government has an entire secret branch dedicated to weaponizing Norse mythology)
You thought the parasites were dangerous? You'll miss them once everybody figures out...That Clover also carries all manners of unknown diseases from whenever or wherever he was born, that were frozen/hibernating inside him on the ocean floor. Like the parasites, they were barely a nuisance to the titanic monstrosity, but in a few days humans are going to be dying in masses from the kaiju equivalent of the common cold.
There are two monstersThe first time we get a look at Clover, it has beady black eyes. Later in Central Park just before eating Hud it's eyes are big and red.
Clover is an Angel, but this doesn't go where you think...
Cloverfield is a prequel to Planet of the Apes.That's how the Statue of Liberty's head ended up on that beach!
Hammerdown is actually Chuck NorrisHe's the only thing badass enough to take Clover down.
Cloverfield happens in the Marvel UniverseHammerdown is the SHIELD protocol for the deployment of Thor.
What's Clover's fate might have been in the world of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.The nuke did detonate (though it didn't kill the beast) only for Clover's owner to come back and bring him to the ethereal realm from which he came.
This movie is a parallel story to Battle: Los Angeles.Instead of a mass infantry invasion and combined arms security operation, the aliens tried some sort of ecological invasion, unleashing a third-party alien species or two onto Earth. What we're watching, really, is Battle New York. And, as many have theorized, we either lost New York (the "Clover's Still Alive!" crowd) or it was a Pyrrhic Victory for the humans, with millions of civilians, and a major metropolitan area destroyed. This is supported by the last shot you see of Rob and Beth at Coney Island. Many have pointed out the object that falls into the water. Watch it closely; it slows down before impact, just like the meteorites the aliens in Los Angeles used to land outside of Los Angeles did.
Clover was able to sneak up on the others at the end...Because he's a ninja, believe it. incapacitates Clover, who is then taken in by the government. It probably has something to do with LOST, and then due to discovering the interstellar warp travel technology Clover used to get to Earth and cross referencing it with Kal-El's own mangled prototype from his childhood, Star Trek eventually becomes possible.
The monster is Travis, Beth's date to the party.
Clover's not dead.
The members of Clover's race are guardians.
This movie is not set in the same universe as any other work.
Cloverfield is the name of what was once called New York City.
The monster is actually one of Cthulhu's many children, and Hammerdown refers to fictional monsters being resurrected to kill Clover.
Hud is related to that fat guy from Watchmen who got Rorschach's journal.There's a freakish resemblance between the two.
The Cloverfield monster is actually one of the first kaiju sent by the invaders from Pacific RimThe Cloverfield monster has eerily similar origins to that of the first recorded kaiju in Pacific Rim- Tresspasser. Both rose out of the ocean out of the blue one day, both attacked a coastal city, and both proved to be near indestructible before they were eventually brought down by a powerful weapon (presumably a nuke). Of course, the Cloverfield Monster seemed much less resilient than Tresspasser did, as it seemed to be decently wounded before the Hammerdown protocol finished it off. It also attacked Manhattan, which is on the Atlantic Coast rather than the Pacific. Perhaps it was a prototype kaiju sent through a different breach (this one in the Atlantic) as a sort of "test run"?