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Cloverfield (2008)

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Cloverfield is a American monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J.J. Abrams, and written by Drew Goddard. The film stars Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman, T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, and Mike Vogel. The film uses a found footage motif to follow five young New York City residents fleeing from a massive monster and various other smaller creatures that attack the city while they are having a farewell party.

Development began when producer J. J. Abrams started conceptualizing a new monster and enlisted Neville Page to design the creature, referred to as Clover. In February 2007, the project was secretly greenlit by Paramount Pictures and produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. Principal photography took place in Los Angeles that same year. During production, the project went under several working titles, including Slusho, Cheese and Greyshot. As part of a viral marketing campaign, a teaser trailer was released ahead of screenings of Transformers without a title attached.

The film is presented as footage from a personal camcorder recovered by the United States Department of Defense in the area “formerly known as Central Park”, bearing a disclaimer stating multiple sightings of a case designated “Cloverfield”.

Older, saved footage is seen of Rob waking up with Beth in her father’s apartment above Columbus Circle before sharing a special day across New York City and Coney Island. Fragments of this overwritten footage appear during the course of the film.

Rob has a farewell party thrown for him by his brother Jason and Jason’s girlfriend Lily, in celebration of Rob’s new job in Japan. Their friend Hud films testimonials for Rob during the party. Rob’s former romance Beth brings a new man to the party.

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer: Drew Goddard

Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable, Anjul Nigam


Lizzy CaplanMarlena Diamond
Jessica LucasLily Ford
T.J. MillerHudson ‘Hud’ Platt
Michael Stahl-DavidRob Hawkins
Mike VogelJason Hawkins
Odette AnnableBeth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Anjul NigamBodega Cashier
Margot FarleyJenn
Theo RossiAntonio
Brian KlugmanCharlie
Kelvin YuClark
Liza LapiraHeather
Lili MirojnickLei
Ben FeldmanTravis
Elena Nikitina BickParty Goer (as Elena Caruso)
Vakisha ColemanParty Goer
Will GreenbergParty Goer
Rob KerkovichParty Goer
Ryan KeyParty Goer
Hooman KhaliliParty Goer
Rasika MathurParty Goer
Baron VaughnParty Goer
Charlyne YiParty Goer
Roma TorreSelf
Rick OvertonFrantic Man
Martin CohenBurly Guy
Jason CerbonePolice Officer
Pasha D. LychnikoffRussian Man on Street (as Pavel Lychnikoff)
Billy BrownStaff Sgt. Pryce
Scott LawrenceLead Soldier
Jeffrey De SerranoSoldier (as Jeff DeSerrano)
Tim GriffinCommand Center Officer
Chris MulkeyLt. Col. Graff
Susse BuddeMedic
Jason LombardSecond Medic
Jamie MartzHelicopter Pilot
Don AbernathyNew York Street Pedestrian
Michael ArkParty Goer
Caley BissonParty Bartender
James Thomas BlighEMS Commander
Maylen CalienesFrantic Girl on Bridge
Craig DabbsArmy Sgt. First Class
Doby DaengerBrooklyn Bridge Victim
Holly DunlapLooter
Tommy GerritsBoy Looking at Magazines
Jason GiffinNational Guardsman / Tank Gunner
Paulo GiustiPedestrian
Adam GreevesMilitary Personnel
Brice HarrisBrooklyn Bridge Victim
Brandon G. HolleyMilitary Personnel
James HuffmanParty Goer
Hisonni JohnsonParty Goer
Janis JonesVictim on Bridge
Adam KarstNew Yorker
Julio LealRocketeer / Soldier
Eddie MarianoParty Goer
Jake McLaughlinHelicopter Pilot (voice)
Rachel MowerInjured Girl
Aryn NelsonHot Frantic Girl
Martin PfefferkornCrazy Homeless
Matt ReevesRadio Announcer (voice)
Gene RichardsFirst Man Coughing
Bertrand Roberson Jr.Military Personnel
John RobertInjured Guy on Bridge
Chris SpinelliParty Goer
Andrew TrujilloMilitary Personel
Maria ZambranaBrooklyn Bridge Victim

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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