Cloverfield was a cultural event in 2008 that really changed the monster-movie game in a number of ways. Its masterful viral marketing campaign and inventive teases helped define producer J.J. Abrams as a creator who cared just as much about the way he sells a product as he does about the final version. Cloverfield was also the first movie to push the limits of the emerging found-footage genre by delivering a big-budget concept to audiences from the point of view of a personal camcorder. It was very cool and new and different, but also not very kind to those people who suffer from motion sickness.
Abrams was well aware of the dangers of what would later be defined as "shaky-cam." During a recent chat about Cloverfield's spiritual successor, 10 Cloverfield Lane, he told Fandango that he warned director Matt Reeves that people would get ill. "I said to Matt [Reeves], ‘People are gonna get sick.’ And he’s like, ‘No don’t worry about it,’ Abrams said with a laugh, adding… "Well, my father literally threw up."
Yup, Abrams' own father threw up watching Cloverfield, so don't worry — you weren't the only one who felt a twinge of sickness.
10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg also had some issues following that first screening of Cloverfield.
"I remember being worried that I’d get sick because I have motion sickness and got sick at the end of The Blair Witch Project," he told us. "I was living in New York at the time and I saw it at the Anjelika Theater, and I threw up when I walked out. I loved the movie, though! I loved being told a story in that way. I love those kinds of slither movies – Signs is like that in this way, too – where we’ve seen the bigger movie and this is like a vertical slice where we’re just with these people, having that experience. That’s super rad. I love that about Cloverfield, and we have something like that, too [in 10 Cloverfield Lane]. This is a potential disaster movie, but we’re experiencing it through this very intimate, suspenseful character story."
10 Cloverfield Lane star Mary Elizabeth Winstead did not get sick watching Cloverfield, but echoes Trachtenberg in terms of the cool way both films are connected. "I loved Cloverfield. I love how it sort of flipped the script on the monster movie and made it so personal. In that sense that's how [both films] are spiritually connected, in that this is another take on a very big idea told in a very small, human, personal way."
"I saw Cloverfield in a theater by myself," said 10 Cloverfield Lane costar John Gallagher Jr. "I loved it — loved it! I thought it was so cool… never knowing I would stumble into that world myself."
Regardless of how sick you did or didn't get watching that first Cloverfield movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a completely different beast… and it won't be told with found footage, as evidenced by its trailers.
"From the beginning this was a completely different story," Abrams told us when asked why they decided to not use found footage this time around. "It’s very scary, it’s got a great sense of humor, and a huge heart. It’s a genre film where not everything is of the natural world as we know it. The thing that is fun about it is its original storytelling — original characters, original situations. Despite these connections, this is not the sequel you might be expecting. It’s something incredibly scary and cool and very different from what I’m guessing a Cloverfield 2 would be."
10 Cloverfield Lane hits theaters on March 11. For more, check out our exclusive interview with creator J.J. Abrams.