First Glance: J.J. Abrams’ Super Secret Project Super 8

J.J. Abrams

By now you’ve probably all heard the buzz that one of the previews before Iron Man 2 is a super secret project by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Cloverfield) titled Super 8.  The preview runs a quick 1:37 and is of course both very vague and very intriguing.  Ya gotta hand it to Abrams; he’s part P.T. Barnum and part William Castle!!  This man knows how to promote a film (that isn’t even made yet) and knows how to really test our patience.

Here’s the trailer:

Immediately news outlets were clambering to get the scoop, and as a result I think a lot of half-baked theories were thrown around.  NME.com reported on May 5, 2010 that “A ‘secret’ trailer is set to unveil a follow-up to J J Abrams monster movie Cloverfield in the US. The hush-hush project – titled Super 8 – is thought to be a prequel.”  They then go on to quote the New Yorker Magazine blog:  “The clip shows a bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera in the 70s or 80s. When they develop the film, they notice that there’s an alien creature in the frame.”  Well I’ve included the trailer below and you’ll clearly see that there’s nothing even remotely in the trailer that fits this above description.  But it is interesting that at the end of Cloverfield we see grainy footage of something falling out the sky and into the ocean way in the background.  Hhmmm; interesting.  Bottom line is that whether its true or not, everyone  seems to want Super 8 to be either a prequel or sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield.

The Cloverfield monster

The very next day, May 6, 2010, screenrant.com clears the air a little more about the Super 8 trailer.  In their interview with Abrams screenrant.com reports what the “project isn’t going to be: a prequel or sequel to Cloverfield”. Abrams says it pretty clear himself that Super 8 “has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield.”  That’s a pretty blatant statement.  But let’s face it, Abrams could very well be fucking with us.  If you haven’t watched it yet, view the trailer now so I don’t spoil anything for you.  That last shot of whatever’s inside the train car trying to break out could very well be a “young” Cloverfield creature.  I don’t know; I’m just speculating.  All I’m saying is that I wouldn’t put it past Abrams to fuck with us a little bit.  I mean the film isn’t even finished and it’s not gonna be released until Summer 2011.

Hidden face in the trailer #1

And now theplaylistnation blog reports that there’s a hidden picture towards the end of the trailer (at the 1:23 mark).  The image is the face of a young kid looking into a camera.  So this does kinda support that first article about the trailer being about some kids shooting a film.  Goddamn Abrams is fucking brilliant.  I don’t think for a second that every step and every second of this promo campaign hasn’t been completely planned out.

Hidden face in trailer #2

The only thing that makes me hesitant is the involvement of Steven Spielberg, but I’m officially gonna go on record as saying that I think Super 8 IS going to end up being the prequel to Cloverfield.

Time will tell and I’ll definitely be following this project and let you know as I find out more info.

Stay Bloody!!!

SyFy Corner: Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)

I tried staying on the wagon; I really did.  I quit watching those ridiculous, yet addictive, made for SyFy Channel flicks, and I quit cold turkey (which most doctors will tell you is dangerous to do).  Then one night I see the preview for this gem on, you guessed it, the SyFy Channel.  It stars Debbie Gibson (yes, THAT Debbie Gibson) and Lorenzo Lamas, AND it has a mega shark and a giant octopus in it.  Wait one fucking second; it has a washed up 80’s pop princess and the mullet-wearing star of Renegade???  Oh come on, I’m only human.  So I got me a 12-pack, closed the blinds, and settled in.

Say what you will but this is one fun and entertaining film in the “so bad its good” way.  It’s distributed by The Asylum company so you know you’re gonna get a really crappy plot, horrible acting, and some of the worst CGI f/x around.  But like any of history’s great wrecks ya just can’t seem to take your eyes off of it.  The Plot:  A gigantic octopus and a megaladon prehistoric shark are freed from some ancient glacier (yeah whatever) and immediately go on a killing spree.  It seems they were frozen in the ice during their mortal combat and they’re planning on picking up right where they left off.  There just ain’t room in the earth’s oceans for both a mega shark and a giant octopus!!

THIS should be the poster for the movie!!

Caught in the middle of this battle are Debbie Gibson as some kind of expert scientist (we’re really never sure what kind) who’s in charge of coming up with a way to kill the beasts.  She has some kind of revelation about using pheromones to fight the creatures after she screws fellow Japanese scientist Vic Chao in what might be the most grotesque movie coupling to ever be captured on film.  EVER!!  And Lorenzo Lamas rounds out the cast as a racist, high-ranking official in some branch of the government that’s never made clear (no need for specifics here).  It seems Lamas’ sole job here is to make Gibson seem like she has some acting chops.

In the 1st 10mins of this flick we get more stock nature footage than every Italian cannibal movie ever made combined!!  It’s really shameless.  And besides the pretty bad looking CGI, my main complaint here is that we really don’t get to see the creatures nearly enough (unless you consider Lamas and Gibson “creatures”; we see a lot of them).  I’m not gonna sit here and tear a part the plot people; for fuck’s sake, its a film about a big ass shark fighting a big ass octopus!!  Writer-director Jack Perez (whose directed 2004‘s Wild Things 2 and 2006‘s 666: The Child) never takes himself or this film too seriously.  Everything is played for laughs and for “camp value.”  Beside the crappy CGI f/x, the dialogue will have you laughing out loud.  Ya gotta appreciate dialogue like the following:  “Don’t love the ocean too much, it doesn’t love you back”; and “Now if we don’t find the bible means of stopping this fucker, sharkzilla is gonna own the seas.”

Special f/x by Billy; 3rd grade!!
That is one hungry fucking shark!!

I Love it!!  But the movie’s show stopper is when the shark jumps out of the ocean and snatches a 747 airplane traveling 30,000 feet high right out of the sky.  That’s a big fucking jump, and I hear the Miami Heat are in talks with mega shark’s people (the shark also eats the Golden Gate Bridge; but that’s a whole other discussion).  Below I’m including the clip of the shark snatching the plane outta the sky.  Enjoy!!

It gets pretty annoying how the size of the shark changes depending on the scene.  Sometimes it seems to be about as big as a luxury liner bus, and other times it seems as big as the Empire State Building.  Pick a size and stick with it people!!  But again, this isn’t the kind of movie ya wanna sit and pick apart; you’ll end up in the loony bin.  Perez thankfully keeps everything moving along at a nice pace so you never have time to dwell on any one scene.  And make no mistakes, this is a movie greatly enhanced with alcohol.  Alcohol makes it better, so get yourself a 12-pac, switch your brain off, and go enjoy some big ass sea creatures fighting to the death.

My Summary:

Director:  Jack Perez (and writer, as Ace Hannah)

Plot:  “R” for retarded; let’s just leave it at that

Gore:  1 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem:  0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer