Monday, April 7, 2008

Cloverfield DVD Commercial, Featurette, and Packaging!

There a new batch of videos on YouTube surrounding the Cloverfield DVD release, scheduled for April 22nd.

Here's the commercial running to promote the Cloverfield DVD:

Featurette from the Cloverfield DVD

This link is to a really cool Featurette from the DVD, where the director and creature designer discuss how they came up with the monster idea, the idea of it being a baby, etc. Hattip to Ed at Tagruato.blogspot for giving me a head's up!

No big surprises, but seems to be some of the extra filming of scenes there were cut out. Cloverfield outakes:

This vid shows off some of the Cloverfield DVD art:

This last one is just for fun. It's a collection of all the scenes with the Cloverfield monster in them. I gotta tell ya, every time I see it Hud's cracks me up. I know he sounds geeky, corny, but he does it so well.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Interviews with Neville Page - Cloverfield Creature Designer

Want to know more about the intentions behind the Cloverfield monster? Check out these interviews with creature designer Neville Page.

This one features questions from the fans at Unfiction, a great group of alternate reality sleuths. It's my favorite:
Tagruato Blog Interview with Neville Page

Cloverfield: Reinventing the Monster Movie
Tara DiLullo Bennett tracks down Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Blank and Lead Creature Designer Neville Page to get the scoop on the monster hit, Cloverfield.
By Tara DiLullo Bennett

io9 Talks To Cloverfield Monster Designer Neville Page

Cloverfield trailer parody video

Check out this parody of the Cloverfield trailer done by an ad agency for their own promotion efforts. Nice work on the special effects.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cloverfield Figure UNVEILED by Hasbro

Feb 15, Hasbro unveiled images of their Cloverfield monster figure today.

cloverfield monster figure head

More Cloverfield monster figure images

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cloverfield Baby Monster Details

Cloverfield baby monster art
At Den of Geeks, Sarah Dobbs has a lengthy and interesting interview with Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield (2008).

Two of the most intriguing sections are where Matt describes coming up with the physical aspects of the monster, as well as the psychology of the monster.

Regarding the nature of the Cloverfield monster, Reeves talks about creature-designer Neville Page's concept:
"The idea was that the creature would have some kind of evolutionary biological basis. It wouldn’t just be random things coming out of its arm or some weird thing. There are actually things that he (Page) designed that are part of the monster that we never got to use. He had these feeding tubes which were just wild - he would come up with these crazy ideas that were just amazing and very creepy. Within the course of the movie, we could only reveal certain aspects of it, so that never got released."

There was much speculation at Unfiction about 'tubes' hanging from the monster, so that seems confirmed. I'm wondering now how he 'feeds' with them.

The other key revelation had to do with the mental state of the monster:
So the secret that we had was that the monster was a baby. Having just been born it was going through separation anxiety and had no idea where its mother was and was freaking out and was in a completely foreign place, didn’t understand a thing and that that would be sending it into a kind of infantile rage. Which was very frightening, but the thing that was also frightening to me was the idea that not only was it going through an infantile rage but, because it was suffering from this separation anxiety, it was spooked. It was really afraid. And as the military started shooting at it, I started thinking, like if you were attacked by a swarm of bees for the first time, it wouldn’t necessarily kill you but you’d be terrified, you’d be like, "What are these things doing?!" And for me there’s nothing scarier than thinking of something that big that’s spooked. Like if you’re at the circus and suddenly the elephants are spooked, you don’t want to be anywhere near that, you’ll be crushed."

The plans for a sequel are all but confirmed, and amazingly there's a chance Matt could start on that right away as his very next film! There is speculation that in the sequel, the "baby monster's" parents would show up. Wow! Talk about anticipation, that would be very interesting to see them bring even larger monsters into the situation. And you know how moms and dads can get, they wouldn't be spooked, they'd be VERY UPSET and protective of their baby. Rut Ro!

(poster of baby Cloverfield above created by quesoclove).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cloverfield Monster Toy Action Figure - Coming Soon!

Cloverfield Monster toy action figure photo
Summary: Cloverfield toy monster coming to a home near you!

Hasbro will soon reveal the product images for the most closely held secret in Hollywood this year: the Cloverfield monster. But why wait? Starting today fans can pre-order the action figure exclusively from

“Hasbro is very excited to be working with Paramount and Bad Robot to bring to market a piece of the film for fans and collectors,” said Brian Goldner, COO of Hasbro, Inc. “The fan buzz on this film has been terrific and we are happy to take part in the excitement.”

The creature stands a substantial 14 inches tall and comes with the following features/extras:

  • -70 points of articulation and incredible life-like detail

  • Authentic sound

  • 10 parasites

  • Two interchangeable heads, one calm and the other menacing

  • Statue of Liberty head accessory (just for tossing around!)

  • Special Cloverfield collector’s edition packaging

They say there's limited number, and they won't ship for a long time, but you can order them know for about $99. Check back, I'll post the images of the toy as soon as they are available.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Second Cloverfield Viewing and Cool Monster Sketch

I saw the movie for the second time this weekend. I completely enjoyed the movie the first time, but I liked it even more the second time. I knew where and when to look, noticed more. I don't know why, but I even cared more about the characters the second time, though I don't suggest they were oscar performances. They seemed,in fact, ordinary people, but then weren't they supposed to be?

Chuparex posted this sketch of the monster at UnFiction, and I think it's the best I've seen so far by a good shot. Here's a copy of it: