Some of the best genre fiction comes out of a desire to look at well-worn staples from a new perspective. Marvels (from Marvel Comics) looked at the birth of some of their greatest heroes through the ground-level eyes of a photographer. The Sixth Sense tells a very simple ghost story, with the added wrinkle of one of the protagonists being a ghost himself (and don’t give me that spoiler alert nonsense…if you haven’t seen it by now, you were never going to see it).
And at first blush, Cloverfield seems to take the idea of a giant monster attacking Manhattan and look at it through the viewfinder of a video camera held by survivors. Right from the creepy opening text (it talks about the incident site “formerly known as ‘Central Park'”), this looks like snatches of footage pieced together after the big scaly Armageddon.
And less is thrillingly more in this spot. If nothing else, Cloverfield (and Lost and Alias) producer J.J. Abrams knows how to whet an appetite. Come January, we’ll see if he knows how to satisfy it as well. What think you, PopWatchers?