If you’re expecting a ton of weird Cthulhu-esque alien beings like in the first movie Cloverfield, you may be sorely disappointed. What this film does have is a good level of suspense, misdirection, paranoia and disturbing behavior mostly by the acting prowess of John Goodman. Not to say there isn’t at least a tasty morsel of weird creatures but it just might not be enough for most fans.

Goodman is one of those actors that continuously flies under the radar but has the range to deliver some truly scary characters even when he has a smile on his face and it’s always refreshing when he delivers these quirky, weird roles in true Goodman style.

10 Cloverfield Lane is basically another chapter of a larger franchise about to happen. The film seemed to lay the groundwork for more epic installments in the future. With a country setting so far removed from the first movie, it was difficult to tell where the story was heading but it felt like that was a very deliberate ploy in order to tell another story in the same world. The larger story being told was about the monsters people are all on their own without needing to pay service to other archetypes.

The saying that art imitates life rings true and a broad theme for this age seems to be pretty universal in that we are the monsters and we make the horror we live in and maybe if we’re lucky, we’re resourceful enough to survive before the shit really hits the fan.

Worth a viewing but fans of the first installment might feel that this continuation is a little forgettable and lacking the grit and punch of the first.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Produced by
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Lindsey Weber
Screenplay by
  • Josh Campbell
  • Matt Stuecken
  • Damien Chazelle
Story by
  • Josh Campbell
  • Matt Stuecken
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • John Goodman
  • John Gallagher, Jr.
Music by Bear McCreary
Cinematography Jeff Cutter
Edited by Stefan Grube
Bad Robot Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 8, 2016(New York City premiere)
  • March 11, 2016(United States)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million

About the Author

Alex Savage
Alex Savage
Alex Savage is a freelance photojournalist who has worked independently for online publications. An active senior member of National Rock Review, based in Detroit and a self proclaimed cinephile, Alex loves writing about music, movies and popular culture. Currently living in Indiana, she loves to embark on a good road trip or travel abroad in search of something new and exhilarating to photograph or write about.