Cloverfield Movie



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2008 | PG-13 | Drama Suspense

The story revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

U.S. Release Date

Cloverfield release date was Friday, January 18, 2008.

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Directed by

Matt Reeves


Drew Goddard


Rating MPAA

PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images


Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Trivia & Production Notes

  • The movie, which is believed to have a relatively modest budget of about $30 million, began shooting in mid-June 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The film was edited to look like it was filmed with one hand-held camera, including jump cuts similar to ones found in home movies. Director Matt Reeves described the presentation, "We wanted this to be as if someone found a Handicam, took out the tape and put it in the player to watch it. What you're watching is a home movie that then turns into something else." Reeves explained that the pedestrians documenting the severed head of the Statue of Liberty with the camera phones was reflective of the contemporary period. "Cloverfield very much speaks to the fear and anxieties of our time, how we live our lives. Constantly documenting things and putting them up on YouTube, sending people videos through e-mail - we felt it was very applicable to the way people feel now," the director said.

Also Known As

  • 1-18-08
  • The Parasite
  • Slusho
  • Clover

Shooting Locations

  • TBA: Los Angeles, California, United States

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