It’s Halloween and I’ve been racking my brain all day long trying to come up with a horror related article. Originally, I thought of giving a list of my favourite horror/scary movies of all time and/or ones I like to watch on Halloween, but that wouldn’t have been controversial. So, I’d rather tell you about Cloverfield, a terrific monster movie that I really enjoy despite some people not liking it.

Why Some People Didn’t Like Cloverfield…

One of the biggest complaints Cloverfield got after being released in cinemas was that it didn’t live up the hype of its marketing. Since I didn’t see Cloverfield upon release, I can’t comment on whether or not the marketing for the film did the movie justice. I do, however, know that at the time many complained that the shaky cam aspect of the movie gave people motion sickness and that a lot of audience members wanted to see more of the actual monster.

Cloverfield may not be the first found footage movie ever made but it certainly was among the first to be highly successful. The movie ended up taking in $170.8 million on a modest $25 million budget and would also spawn several knock offs trying to garner the same success. While many terrible horror movies have been using found footage as of late, we can also thank Cloverfield for movies like Chronicle and Paranormal Activity, which used found footage in a similarity creative way. Yes, I’m also aware that the movies I mentioned and Cloverfield were inspired by the Blair Witch Project but even it was inspired by Cannibal Holocaust and so on.

Why You Should See Cloverfield This Halloween…

While not a masterpiece, Cloverfield is a really good example of movies that don’t spoon-feed the audience any back story. For example, one of the reasons I don’t like popular movies today is that sometimes filmmakers add too much exposition. That’s when writers use the actors to explain to the audience what’s going on and I’ve complained about it a few times in previous articles. Exposition can work well of course but only if it’s done right, however, not when exposition is so blatant that filmmakers think the audience can’t put the pieces together themselves.

One of reasons I like Cloverfield, and why many people don’t like it, is because I don’t really know what’s going on. We’re not really sure where the monster comes from until the last scene and even then, we just now how it landed on Earth but not why it did. There’s a theme of mystery throughout this movie that we as audience members have to put together ourselves because there’s very little explanation from the filmmakers. I personally love this because it allows for fans to make up why certain things happen in the movie and they’ve often been quite creative in the process.

I also really love when the main characters in Cloverfield run into the military, who probably know more of what’s going on than they do and yet we learn next to nothing from them. A lot of people found that annoying but I will always give praise to movies that treat their audiences as intelligent beings. In that scene we can only guess what the military knows of the monster and why they aren’t giving our main characters any valuable information.

Overall, Cloverfield might not be a masterpiece but it’s a REALLY TERRIFIC movie. I really LOVED the unique blend of sci-fi, classic monster movies and found footage, which all came together great well and worked. I especially LOVE the modern twist and eventual romance elements even though they were not the focus of the story.

Something happens to Lizzy Caplan’s character and its one of craziest scenes I’ve seen a very long time.