Nowadays, Easter eggs in movies are like bread and butter – you rarely see them apart. As a lover of superhero films, I live and breathe Easter eggs. So when I went to look back at Cloverfield, I wondered if there were any Easter eggs to be found. It was made in a time when Easter eggs weren’t really important. Luckily, there were some that I found particularly interesting.
Cloverfield was a surprise hit. It was a film that no one knew anything about when it was announced and released a few months later. Of course, there were some that didn’t enjoy the movie (it being the “found footage” genre and all) but for the most part, critics praised the film. In short it was one of the best examples of a found footage movie done right. There were thrills, chills, twists, turns, and a terrifying giant monster to boot (and for those of you keeping score at home, yes, I did just quote the Spider-Man video game for Playstation 1).
Fortunately for us, J.J. Abrams hasn’t forgotten about the original Cloverfield, and decided to make 10 Cloverfield Lane in secret. Then it was announced in January and drops today. Sound familiar? The reviews are in for the movie as well, and it looks to be another success, but be warned, don’t go into it expecting a monster movie. It’s more of a thriller than anything else. As a matter of fact, it may not even need the “Cloverfield” name, as it really stands as its own creation. But because it technically bears the same name, I’m including it as a franchise.
So here are 10 Easter eggs from Cloverfield Franchise
10. The Bad Robot
Bad Robot Productions has been involved with 10 Cloverfield Lane, and their hand is apparent in the film’s poster. Apparently, it’s riddled with Easter eggs (I couldn’t find them all, if you were wondering), but the most obvious one is in the background by the left side of the house. Do you see it? There’s a little head poking out that bears a striking resemblance to the robot used for Bad Robot’s logo. That’s probably the only Easter egg I would consider easy to find in that poster.
9. King Kong
In a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment (which Cloverfield has a lot of), during the scene where the main characters are sitting comfortably in the helicopter, there is a classic homage to another movie monster. The Cloverfield monster gets bombed and after that, attacks the chopper. Once it is surrounded by smoke, there is a single frame that shows King Kong taking on some helicopters while sitting on top of the Empire State Building. It’s so hard to see that the best way is to pause the film and move frame by frame.
8. Fun with the Cast and Crew
The DVD release of Cloverfield also gave its own Easter eggs in the menus, and this is a cute little nod for everyone who helped with the film’s production. After you boot up the menu, go to “Special Features,” then you should see the Statue of Liberty. Move your pointer above its head and an ever so slight red helicopter symbol should appear. Click on it, and you’ll be treated to a cute and funny clip brought to you by the cast and crew of Cloverfield. It’s not going to blow any minds, but that’s not what easter eggs are for right?
7. “It’s Still Alive”
At the end of Cloverfield, it seemed to open more questions than it answered, leaving humanity in a state of hopelessness as our heroes are placed in an unknown fate. The military planned to bomb the creature with what they called the “hammer” to finally subdue it. Unfortunately, while the credits were rolling some static can be heard. It was faint, but I could make out the phrase “It’s still alive” implying that the bomb did not kill the creature and it was still running rampant throughout the US and potentially all other corners of the world.
6. Giant Ant
This is another one of those easter eggs that you’ll probably have to skip through the film to find. Once our heroes are in the tunnels, some smaller versions of the Cloverfield monster start giving chase. After the heroes manage to outrun them, Hud drops his camera onto the ground. While it sits on the ground, we get a shot of Beth getting on the train, as well as a single frame of the Giant Ant from the black and white movie Them shot in 1954. It’s clever how the freeze frames reflect what Cloverfield is playing homage to.
This is the only other easter egg I could find on the 10 Cloverfield Lane poster. While you see a girl trapped in the mailbox, if you look down on the pole, you can see the name “Megan” etched into the wood. This is an obvious reference to the name of the main character, and who we’ll be spending the most time with in the movie itself. There is also a heart next to her name, and it could potentially be pointing to something weird going on with John Goodman’s character, but it’s probably just a cheeky addition.
4. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Reference
Cloverfield really loves its freeze frame monsters, as this is another one that takes place while Beth is getting on the train (when the Giant Ant appears, mind you). Some white noise starts to happen in all the commotion and during the second white noise segment, if you go frame by frame, a shot of the reptilian beast from 20,000 Fathoms can be seen. I know they call it a beast, but am I the only one that feels they should rename the creature the “T-Rex”?
3. Chapter 17
Throughout the film, there are 16 chapters to choose from if you have the DVD. However, there is also a secret Chapter 17. You can’t access it by normal means. As a matter of fact, Chapter 17 is a hidden folder where various files regarding the movie’s production are being held. I recommend you figure out a way to look those up as it will illuminate a few mysteries around Cloverfield. Again, it won’t blow any minds, but it really helps detail the mystery surrounding what the monster is and what became of humanity.
2. Double-Sided Poster
The original poster for Cloverfield is about as vague as vague can be. Showing little more than a headless Statue of Liberty with some smoke in the distance, all the audience knows is that something is up and it’s not good. However, the poster is a bit more clear than we originally thought. If you mirror the poster and put it side by side with the original one, you get a clear image of the Cloverfield monster itself in the fog. Unfortunately, movie theaters didn’t really catch on to that, because that would’ve made for some unique displays. Or just a lot of stupid questions.
1. The Fall
This was my favorite moment in Cloverfield. After the main characters are seemingly dead, we are shown a shot of Hud and his girlfriend on a ferris wheel. The camera moves around a bit, and shows a brief shot of the water on the horizon. I’m proud to say that I caught this easter egg on my first watch. If you look closely, you can see something falling from the sky into the water. Originally, I thought this was the monster potentially coming from outer space, but I found out that it was actually a satellite that fell. The satellite falling is actually what ended up waking the Cloverfield monster in the first place. Houston, we have a problem.