Footage of Super 8 has been shown to some members of Paramount Pictures and already the leaks have begun. If you do not want to know anything about the monster then don’t read the rest of this article. All will be revealed June 10.
From anonymous viewer:
The third and final scene we saw helped to set up the local community a little — as well as the creature itself. Now this is the most spoiler-ish piece; and I would recommend that you don’t read further: I just reveal the nature of the alien, and if you aren’t interested then don’t blame me -I warned you!
A sheriff pulls up at a gas station to fill up. He goes inside and meets the teenager: Breen; who is working behind the counter, also with earphones in. When he sees the Sheriff he takes the music out.
“What’s that?” The Sheriff asks.
“One of those new walkman’s, care to try it?”
“No thanks…it’s hard to imagine a world where people have stereos in their cars let alone in their pockets (I mangled that line — as I didn’t look at the paper when writing- my words here mostly appear as scribble- but the sentiment is the same). The Sheriff adds: “Just here to fill up my tank.” And he leaves. Breen puts the music back in.
Outside, the Sheriff hears a bang coming from the nearby woods. Suddenly a huge crashing sound is heard and a dumpster comes flying past his head, we hear the groans and tentacles of the alien coming towards him. It’s hear that you can could hear the unmistakable rasp of tentacles. If anyone has ever seen a Lovecraft inspired movie they now what I mean. Then we are in the point of view of the alien as it rushes towards the sheriff.
In this brilliant moment, Abrams cuts to inside the petrol station with Breen unaware of what’s happening because of the music. With the police car being repeatedly picked up and crashed into the ground just outside the window. Now it’s a moment we’ve all seen before (‘Mars Attacks comes to mind), but I hadn’t seen it done like this. Wait till you see the framing and how much that adds to it. It’s a great moment.
The light starts flickering on and off, and Breen goes outside. He see’s the wreckage of the cop car. And then notices something off camera…he screams! We cut to a wide shot and….see the creature. Well not really. What we do see is the MOBIL (A reference to ‘Lost’) petrol logo on a rotating billboard that just obscures the monster.
In what appears to be — it’s HEAVILY OBSCURED by the sign, and the shot is 2 seconds long — tentacles sneaking around. They may or may not be there, the shot was too quick. But we at least got a sense of the scale. The creature is so big that it fills the entire interior of the petrol station. So from based on what we see; the alien is at least as big as the train carriage it came from, if not bigger (I don’t know how this would work — but it may be possible there are multiple aliens — the creature at the petrol station just appeared too big (bearing in mind we really couldn’t see anything) to fit inside that small(er) carriage.
The scene ends here with the alien tearing things up! And that was the end of the footage. Everyone in attendance just let out this collective AWWWW. The footage shown today was just incredible and ‘Super 8’ looks set to be one of the big hits of 2011 (but come on, we knew that already!).