Cloverfield Director Speaks Out

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet the man behind the monster.

Matt Reeves directed Cloverfield, the top secret film from the mind of J.J. Abrams. It comes out in January and the Internet is abuzz about it... despite having little idea about the flick's actual premise.

Perhaps the following interview with Reeves can help clear that up... When he addressed the geek nation at Comic-Con, J.J. Abrams voiced his desire to give America their own giant monster to fear. Did you feel the same way? That the genre still hadn't been approach properly on our own turf?
Matt Reeves: Absolutely, but also the thing that was exciting to me was the approach to the film. Take a monster movie but do it in a way that was very naturalistic and authentic. The idea of that juxtaposition - a realistic monster movie was the thing that excited me most. That was the best way to create a monster that we could proud of.

Shock: There's concern out there that you're using this style to hide the monster and that we won't ever get a good look at it - similar to "The Blair Witch Project."
Reeves: It's funny, when we first started I hadn't seen "Blair Witch" at the time and thought I should go look at it because obviously there will be comparisons with the Handicam approach. I thought the concept was effective but I noticed immediately that they hadn't followed their idea through as clearly as what we were going to do.

I think in that movie, it's not only the Handicam but there's 16mm black-and-white footage inter-cut, too. 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. But the other thing I noticed was that the "Blair Witch" guys obviously didn't have the resources to make a big movie and this was a great way to tell their story. They used that to their advantage to create great suspense.

We're creating great suspense while you see the great features of this monster. The other thing I think is very exciting is this monster is huge and you see everything. You see it in a way that is if you're shooting it with a Handicam. If you're hiding under a car, you see it that way, and there are other moments - I can guarantee you - you are seeing this monster in a huge way.

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