For the past few days I’ve been resisting the urge to watch the leaked versions of the new trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield online (which also premiered in theatres with Beowulf this past weekend). A lot of people were speculating that the grainy handheld versions of the trailer on YouTube had been leaked on purpose, as a part of the whole lo-fi aesthetic/guerilla marketing thing they’ve got going on. I’m not sure if I believe that, but either way, a high quality version has finally turned up over at Empire Online, and I’m glad I waited.
This is easily one of my most anticipated movies for next year, and although I suspect the marketing may be more interesting than the actual movie, this new trailer does look pretty intense. The one thing I’m worried about, however, is the thing that always seems to derail these documentary-style horror movies: the acting. I thought the acting in The Blair Witch Project was believable for the most part, but I think they achieved this because there was no script and they really were out in those woods, deprived of sleep, and scared shitless. In this case, we’re looking at a bigger production that probably has a lot of FX shots created in post-production, and in a few of the clips, the mock terror in the voices of the characters totally took me out of it. I’m hoping this turns out to be a fun ride regardless, but it’s possible that the scale of what they’re attempting is just a bit too ambitious. I will say that the mystery of it all still has me intrigued. Cloverfield hits theatres on January 18th; check out the new trailer now via the link below.» Related Link: Empire: Cloverfield Trailer #2