1-18-08/Cloverfield Rumors Added Up

As you're likely aware, AICN has an email and recollection of an email which further corroborates the "raptor-like" rumor that got lots of play last week. After reading AICN's report it sort of dawned on me that I know what the monster/movie is about. I'm not talking about an epiphany or anything. Rather, AICN's story simply tipped the scales to the point that my skepticism of all the "raptor-like" rumors was lifted. So here you go. What I know, and in order. Start here. Then go here. Now AICN:

First of all, I need to clearly specify that the first two bits below come from untested sources & should be treated as rumor.

I don't believe these points have appeared elsewhere on the net yet; if they have, please drop appropriate crediting into the Talkback below.

Despite such uncertainty, it's been a while since we've engaged in COLVERFIELD/1-18-08/MONSTROUS/JJZILLA tomfollery...so what the hell?

First up? A message from DJ, who claims to shed more light on details touched upon in the film's TEASER:

I have for you a description of a unseen new sequence from the film you all know as Cloverfield.

You know, the one with the monster?

I can now safely say the teaser is not separate from the film, its part of the beginning which was shown in an abridged fashion for the purpose of the teaser, it's longer in the movie.

The new scene opens with several traumatized survivors, moving through a very dark corridor there's slight cold blue illumination from halogen emergency lighting, a girl in the group is badly beaten up she's bleeding and looks very sickly. The main group is comprised of 3 characters, Rob from the main trailer, the cameraman and a girl, though there may be others.

This scene takes place after the initial attack of "The monster" the scene we all saw in theatres. Rob is taking charge and telling everyone to keep calm, the girl says she doesn't feel so good.

They limp along until US Army soldiers storm in shouting at them, demanding they drop they're weapons, they shout back they're unarmed, there's a lot of commotion, then they're herded briskly up some E.T style scientific tubing into a makeshift aid center, its very dark, threes lots of doctors tending to wounded and military walking about making the scene very busy. "What is that thing?" they ask as they catch their breath, the cryptic answer comes from a soldier "We don't know, but it's winning"

The imagery in this scene is like something after a terrorist bombing. A carcass is wheeled past with his guts hanging out, the cameraman struggles to take in the surroundings.

Rob gets angry with the aggressiveness of the soldiers who now tell them they can't leave, "I'm going out there, if you want to stop me you'll have to shoot me" we gather he's looking for his girlfriend. "I feel really sick" the girl unexpectedly mutters, the camera pans to her, shes looks like shes about to throw up, and curiously is crying blood from her right eye. Someone shouts "She's been bitten!"

Chaos ensues... Scene end. That's all you get, this may be used for promotion and is a possibility for an upcoming trailer.

DJ
Okay. "She's been bitten" is interesting here because...a few weeks back...we received a seperate e-mail. Unfortunately, I deleted the damn thing in a fit of overzealous inbox cleansing, but can convey the gist of the message. If whoever sent this message is reading, PLEASE RESEND the original message and I'll drop it into this article.

In short, the message I'm talking about said that the big monster that comes into New York is scaly. The message claimed that when a scale is dislodged from the monster (if it gets blown off by shelling, for example) the scales actually turn into smaller, raptor-like creatures that run around wrecking havoc. That could be very cool if true. It was also suck completely if real.

So the raptorthings might dovetail nicely with the line about the girl being bitten?

A desperate connection?

A legitimate sense of the film starting to form?

BOTH e-mails seem to corroborate one element we've been hearing quite consistently for some time now: that CLOVERFIELD is very much a "survivors on the run" movie that comes out of the gate pretty fast, and isn't predictable in terms of which characters make it and which characters don't.
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