‘Super 8′ Clips Tease A Thrilling and Mysterious Adventure

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Somewhere along the line, the Paramount Pictures marketing team decided that selling J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 as a throwback to the wondrous science-fiction films of the 1970s and ’80s was a mistake – the studio has since been keen to emphasize the darker, more thrilling and mysterious elements of the movie.

That in part accounts for why the recent Super 8 TV spots and now two semi-complete clips released from the film don’t paint it so much as being E.T. meets Stand By Me – and instead, as more of a flat-out spooky and exciting cinematic tale.

Many a person was taken off-guard by the Super 8 trailer, with its enchanting musical score and almost fairy tale-inspired atmosphere. The mix of personal family drama, a coming-of-age storyline, and fantastical sci-fi thrills on display was unexpected, especially considering that there had long been speculation that the project was secretly tied to Cloverfield somehow – possibly, a prequel, or a movie set in the same universe, perhaps.

Here is the official plot synopsis for Super 8:

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth — something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Two edited (read: incomplete) clips have been released from Super 8, offering a look at the “catastrophic” set piece mentioned in the official synopsis – and by the looks of it, that scene alone should make the movie worth seeing on an IMAX screen.

Check out those clips (via Moviefone) below:


Abrams’ preference for revealing few concrete details about his projects prior to their theatrical release appears to have once again served him well; the marketing campaign for Super 8 has been quite effective at grabbing your attention without actually revealing its hand (or, rather, the creature in the film). It helps that the movie also sounds and looks promising on its own terms – as both an homage to more old-fashioned Steven Spielberg films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and as an original creation by Abrams.

Super 8 hits regular and IMAX theaters next month on June 10th.

Source: Moviefone

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  1. can’t wait for this movie.. these clips are too good..!! hope it gratifies the hype..

  2. My only criticism on these is that lens flare. It worked and I accepted it in “Star Trek” as a futuristic design element. Here though, it’s actually really friggin’ distracting. I feel like I should be squinting like I’m looking into a bright light myself.

    If he isn’t careful, he’ll become known for the lens flare in the same unfavorable way people criticize Zach Snyder for his overuse of ramping film speeds.

  3. I’m confused. Seeing two very different in tone trailers, one whimsical, the other destructive. Is this ET or Independence Day?

    • It’s both. I was interested when I saw the first teaser WAY back when it first came out youtube.com/watch?v=vpzUCA5i6zY and the movie was something of a mystery, but now as we actually see how the movie is I’m going to pass and wait for DVD. Because seriously, what if the group of kids from ET had to go up against the aliens from Independence Day? Yeah, pass.

  4. This is going to be a lot of kids running around and looking on as Adults talk to each other and posture. By the time they show you the “creature” in the last 10 minutes of the film it won’t be worth all the hype that built it up.

  5. i jua=st hope its somthing furry:] i dont need another clover the guy he gets to design his creatures always end up to be lame.

  6. It worries me the way the monster breaks out, as if it could have done with or wothout the crash. I hope there’s a shot of the train being smashed open by the crash or something, but expect it’ll soon turn out that the creature is capable of enormous damage and destruction, rendering the entire train idea pointless other than introducing the lucky survivors to what’s in store.

    • The numerous that can explain why the creature didn’t attempt to escape prior to the crash. One being that maybe it was in some tranquilized sleep that the crash shook it out of.

  7. JJ ideas for 1970′s-1980′s style marketing are better than his ability to create a complete vision for a film or television series. He gets credit for his attempts rather than actual success. People love potential. In Star Trek, he was able to direct the actors from scene to scene, but lack of attention to set design, awful ship design, story and plot logic, made the effort less than satisfying.

  8. Part of me wants the monster to be a baby Cloverfeild the other wants it to be something totally new. either way I’m there. JJ’s great! Rock on.

  9. Reading the comments here and well anywhere else about any movie really explains why Hollywood, seemingly, turns a deaf ear to the public. Studios and directors are damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

    - Remake, reboot, or continue an already existing or dead, but popular, movie and the hate ensues immediately.

    - Create something original and the public scoffs at the absurdity of it.

    This movie looks great it’s breath of fresh air from sequels and remakes and yet so many still refuse to give it a chance. Assuming they know how the movie will unfold despite the fact the little information or detail has been given about Super 8. Tis a pity.