Have Your Say: What Would Be Your CLOVERFIELD Story?

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Have Your Say: What Would Be Your CLOVERFIELD Story?
Last week saw the arrival of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was rumored to be a sort-of sequel to Matt Reeves' 2008 found footage 'kaiju' film Cloverfield (said kaiju is looking right at you in the pic above). In our John Goodman quiz of last Friday, I mentioned:
Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's biggest charms.
Any connection is bound to be a strange or convoluted one, as the title Cloverfield referred to the military code name of the monster incident in the first film, while 10 Cloverfield Lane is just an address where something odd takes place (or is it...?).

The most fun theory so far is that there is no connection whatsoever except the pun of putting the completely non-descriptive word "cloverfield" in the title. It would imply that J. J. Abrams is perhaps planning a whole string of these films for the future, whenever he needs that particular itch scratched. Maybe in a decade or two, the word will have become a synonym for fun genre films, each with a mystery and/or alluding to an end-of-the-world event. Each time we'll be wondering if this will be the one explaining the word, and each will bring us to another corner of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

With that in mind, thinking up a new "Cloverfield" story is actually a pretty fun exercise: all you need is a baffling title with the word itself in it, an angle for the story, and a vaguely alluded link to the other films.

And that brings us to the question of the week: within those rules, can you make up a new Cloverfield film? It can be a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, or something totally unrelated. Surprise us, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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Ard VijnMarch 15, 2016 10:37 AM

I keep having visions of a dead billionaire, with journalists discovering an old sled with "CLOVERFIELD" written on it among his possessions.

guestMarch 15, 2016 12:26 PM

2001 a cloverfield odyssey.

guestMarch 15, 2016 12:27 PM

lol. perfect.

Paul MMarch 15, 2016 1:42 PM

Just do the first one again, this time without the shaky-cam.

Marcel SamsonMarch 15, 2016 3:12 PM

Or without the found footage part. No one their right mind would cling to a camera like that when everyone is dying around them. The monster was pretty much the most realistic thing about the movie, haha :p

Ard VijnMarch 16, 2016 5:18 AM

Some great contributions from our Facebook page:

"Rye Tan: It would be me watching a movie with my headphones on. I feel thumping vibrations and get mad at my neighbors for being too loud. My power goes out, so I decide to take a nap. The monster moves on and I don't believe any stories I hear about it afterward."

"Steve Slavi Kasan: Part of a special program creating a quantum field to bring the monster from Super 8 to battle against the Cloverfield monster. To fix the quantum machine I need to get John Goodman. Once I do that we get the monster put some neuro-connections on its brain to where Goodman can control via a VR type of scenario and have it battle the main monster while I watch the 8mm zombie film with some popcorn."

UilickMcGeeMarch 16, 2016 5:01 PM

For me, the Cloverfield monsters would be a form of policing and population control, perhaps under the proviso of an other-worldly force. They show up on a given planet every couple of millennia, when the dominant species of the day has exceeded its brief, and they set about "restoring a level of balance".

To live in Clover
To enjoy a life of success and prosperity.

Ard VijnMarch 16, 2016 5:55 PM

Reign Of Cloverfield!