JJ Abrams’ giant monster movie, Cloverfield, seems to be more than a movie… it’s become so much more than that. The movie has done so well that it doesn’t surprise me that there is STILL talk and speculation about what the monster is and where the sequel might take us. Today a new interview appeared online that not only details some of the monster’s (and parasites) abilities, but that a very, very important scene was cut from the movie. Read on for the skinny.
Blog site Tagruato recently chatted with Cloverfield Lead Creature Designer Neville Page, where all sorts of goodies were revealed.
The websites asks: Tagruato: The appendages on the creature’s underbelly have been a source of great speculation. Hasbro’s description of the toy includes, “creepy people-sucking underbelly.” Director Matt Reeves also made reference to “feeding tubes”. You mention the creature has more than one way to eat. Can you shed some light on the form and function of this or any other aspects of the creature?
Page explain that this is in fact important and that the scenes were cut, “The “feeding tubes” are basically elongated, and articulated external esophagus with the business end terminating in teethlike fingers. The reason for this feature was actually driven by the need for more personal interaction from a story standpoint. If Clover’s hands were to reach down and grab someone, it would not be unlike someone reaching down to grab an ant. The scale is so disparate that there would almost be no connection to the horror. So, we felt that there needed to be a feature that would be “relatable”. Sadly, the scenes for this were cut.”
The website also asked how Page would categorize the symbiotic relationship between the “parasites” and the creature, he responds, “The parasites are, first off, not the offspring as some have speculated. They are definitely a parasitic arthropod like creature that seems to be feeding off of the surface of Clover. Are they dropping off of Clover as a result of the “food source” being depleted? Or has a new food source presented itself? Although they seem to be useful from a cleaning standpoint, like a cleaner wrasse, they appear to be opportunistic feeders.”
Click the link for the full interview