When the film Cloverfield appeared in 2008, little was known about it but that it was written by Drew Goddard of Buffy fame, directed by Matt Reeves of Let Me In fame, and produced by J.J. Abrams. What it turned out to be was a pretty sweet found footage monster movie that took place in a destroyed Manhattan. Pretty impressive. Now 8 years later, a film dropped out of thin air with a trailer showing John Goodman and a handful of others locked away in some bunker. This film was titled 10 Cloverfield Lane and again was produced by J.J. Abrams..
When Michelle (played by screamqueen Mary Elizabeth Winstead) leaves her boyfriend and heads on her way, she crashes in a fender bender, gets a concussion, and upon awakening finds herself chained to a pipe in a cinderblock room with fluorescent lighting. What happened? Why is she not at a hospital? Soon she meets her “host” Howard (played by John Goodman) who says that the outside world has been poisoned by a chemical attack and everybody above is dead. Shortly afterwards she meets another one of Howard’s guests, Emmett (played by John Gallagher, Jr.), who says that Howard is actually quite right.
With the film’s production hidden from the public, buzz immediately swept across the internet from fans of both J.J. Abrams and the original 2008 film. Presented to us by first time director Dan Trachtenberg, the story slowly unravels its mystery until a shocking discovery by our heroine of what really is going on. Dark Discussions talks about the link to the original film, the marketing behind it, the shift in tone in the second half among many other interesting things about the movie. Hear what your co-hosts think and whether or not its a film that you should see.