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This Mind-Blowing Video Makes Sense of ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Connection

There is nothing more fascinating than the Cloverfield universe.

When last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane was released, many fans were kind of bummed that it didn’t seem to really have much of anything to do with the 2008 found footage monster movie, Cloverfield. And on the surface, it really doesn’t. Sure, alien monsters do show up in the final act, turning the contained thriller into a big sci-fi movie, but aside from little things here and there, what the hell do the two actually have to do with one another? Well, in order to answer that question, one needs to examine the incredible wealth of ARG material that exists for both films.

But don’t worry. One fan has done all the hard work for us.

The YouTube channel Inside a Mind is one of the most fascinating you’ll ever come across, mostly devoted to wacky fan theories that’ll have you looking at various pieces of entertainment in a whole new light. But the 10 Cloverfield Lane theory video isn’t so much a “fan theory” as it is an in-depth examination of the existing ARG (Alternate Reality Game) that J.J. Abrams and his team put out there in the world. When you closely examine all of it, and put those various puzzle pieces together, you can create a story that is more fully realized than anything you saw on screen.

Now I’d rather you watch the video for yourself to find out all the secrets of this universe, but one thing I will mention is that the analysis most definitely ties Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane together in a way that makes total sense. The films, which take place nearly a decade apart, most definitely exist in the same world, so if you were thinking Abrams is just going around carelessly slapping the Cloverfield title on movies and not bothering to actually make sense of what he’s doing… think again. This shit is masterful, and the actual movies have only scratched the surface.

When you’ve got 20-minutes to spare, devote your full attention to this riveting video.



  • Clickbait.

    • Did you even watch it?! This is by no means clickbait.

      • I’m not criticizing the video, but the headline on this article is awful baity.

        • Andrew Lyall

          You won’t BELIEVE link no3!
          What Cloverfield looks like now will blow your mind!

        • John Squires

          The video blew my mind. Genuinely. So I made that the headline. If you get a chance, watch it. It’s GREAT.

          • I won’t watch the video (that kind of stuff just isn’t my thing — I think fans spend too much time and effort figuring out series canon). But I am genuinely interested in what you have to say about ARG in storytelling, and what kind of value it adds to the Cloverfield films.

          • John Squires

            Hardcore fans have always been hungry to dig deep into the movies they love, and that’s exactly what ARG provides. Added depth to the stories told in the movies; depth that the movies themselves just don’t have the time to provide. I think it’s great. For the Cloverfield films, the ARG really IS the story, which is especially cool. If you just want to watch the movies, they’re great as individual movies. But if you do want to dig deep, you realize there’s a MUCH bigger story that Abrams is playing around with. And it is… to me… mind-blowing how much work he’s put into creating that universe.

          • Andrew Lyall

            Except 10 Cloverfield Lane was an existing script – The Cellar – reshot and retrofitted into a Cloverfield movie (whatever that actually means). Some websites, some fake companies and a company letterhead does not make for a much bigger story. As with EVERYTHING Abrams does, there’s no planning, no coherence and this Swiss cheese storytelling relies on other people to make sense of it. Jesus, the guy who’s video you’ve linked to has put more effort into making these breadcrumbs make sense than JJ ever has. Besides, of the two films Abrams himself said “The DNA is from the same place, but these are absolutely individual people.” In other words they are NOT connected in the way this video suggests. The ARG is only more of team JJ’s mystery box BS that he always uses as a stand in for actual storytelling.

          • Benoit Balls


          • SpacemanSpliffz

            if you don’t do that, then why did you click on this article and read it? not only that but you took the time to comment, and went out of your way to proclaim how much better you are because “that kind of stuff isn’t my thing”….

            yeah, whatever

          • Benoit Balls

            You are also hot garbage.

      • Benoit Balls

        You are hot garbage.

    • Isaac Fischer

      You don’t say!

  • Andrew Lyall

    There are many things more fascinating then the Cloverfield universe. You’re so much better than that opening sentence, John.

    • The_Gentleman

      You took the words right out of my mouth, dude. Such bad writing. Hyperbole and clickbait. Squires gets a hard-on for the dumbest shit sometimes.

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  • zombie84_41

    I guess tonight i got something to watch. Kind of interested in seeing what and how they tie it together. Sad we won’t get a clover film this feb or whenver it was coming out.

  • sweetooth0

    interesting, except the aliens shown at the end of 10 Cloverfield Lane looked nothing like the Cloverfield monster in the original, which is not touched on at all here.

  • Philip Hansen

    Essentially, these two movies are not connected by anything beyond having the word “Cloverfield” in the headline which was a bait-and-switch trick by Abrams. Don’t bother with this video, the entire video is just a point-by-point rundown of 10 Cloverfield Lane, a movie you could just watch yourself. He doesn’t even try to connect the two movies until almost the very end of the video and then he just points out a couple of easter eggs we all caught when we watched 10 Cloverfield Lane and we don’t need some YouTube moron to point them out for us.

  • john

    Who cares? It’s all invented. 10 Cloverfield Lane was unrelated til re-shoots. Same thing with The God Particle/Cloverfield 3. One of the actors was quoted as saying they had no idea and there was no connection when the release date moved. Yeah, cause you haven’t done the re-shoots yet to make the connections.

    It’s a con game. You can like the movies. That’s fine. No beef there. But to pretend this is all part of an intricate plan is laughable.

    • Q.

      Who quoted that? Can you link it?

      • john

        God Particle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 11/10/16: ”
        “I actually have no idea. That is news to me. When I did the project, it
        was a total standalone sci-fi, space thriller. So I couldn’t tell you
        how it’s connected. I don’t know if that’s just a rumor.””

    • Mr. Dry

      It’s clearly a thing forced by the producers to get more attention to their movies, however it is kinda funny looking for the nods and shit.

    • Micah Unice

      That doesn’t matter. Regardless of the impetus of the movie, the ARG, which corresponds intricately to the movie, was meticulously crafted. If you’re not into the game, don’t bother. But people have put an insane amount of work into it.

  • Marvelnerd

    What if I told you Cloverfield has become an anthology series and nothing major connects the films?

    • gabriel

      Been watching the matrix one too many times. Carrie Ann Moss sure is great though.

  • suspiciousbulge

    What kind of nerd takes the time to make this crap??

    • Touche, a world-class one indeed 😛

    • Pudgy Penguin

      Much longer then the amount of time you took to criticize the video.

      Says “Nerd” like you’re not on

    • Mr. Dry

      Dude, youre in a site called Bloodydisgusting, this is not exactly your nerdfree safe zone.

  • This is soooo far sought that I stopped caring 10 min. ago.

  • Kaijudude

    It’s not bad, it does fill in some holes but as it stands this is a anything goes universe, so anything you come up with can easily be shot down with the next one.

  • TheUnknownMW

    Woot woot very amazing and interesting video, I came here from the creater linking this article 😉 Also side note: You NEED to watch his other video on the original cloverfield before you watch this one, it will make much more sense and the movies are indisputibly connected.

  • alan70

    Wow that’s an incredibly interesting theory. I just couldn’t help thinking through the whole thing that this guy has a LOT of free time. Enjoyed it!

  • Kaijudude

    Something i was thinking about while i was cooking just now , And keep in mind that this is just a thought with no real evidence to back it up. But why Would JJ Abrhams decide to bring back the Cloverfield name now? Could it have something to do with giant monsters being popular in america ? Maybe , with things like Godzilla and King Kong making a comeback, it would make sense .

    But i don’t buy it . And i’ll try to make as much sense and keep it a short as possible . So in 2008 Abrahams brings out Cloverfield on 1/18/08 and establishes the universe , a year or two later we’re waiting to see where it goes from there, with no real answers . Nothing happens flash forward 8 years and all of a sudden, out of nowhere pops 10 cloverfield lane. Fans rejoice , though no ties to the previous movie are there. Abrahams states that a whole set of movies are coming. Fans are feeling pretty good. Now her’s the part where this fellas theory comes into play. What if they ARE CONNECTED to the first movie . We’re already getting two movies almost consecutively and i wouldn’t be surprised if they come out with a third in between , throwing another curve ball. Now put this all together with how close we are in proxinity to 2018. The use of the number 8 doesn’t seem like an accident to me. What this tells me is that JJ Arhams is ramping up for something. And it’s more than likely an actual, factual CLOVERFIELD 2

    Like i said it’s only a theory , but i think this is what may be happening.

  • It’s an interesting theory and it could make sense, but like most people I think Cloverfield is going to be an anthology that’s all about viral marketing, ARGs and loose connections to other movies in the series. It would be nice to think they’re all connected but I think the second that they make an obvious link (like releasing a movie where the aliens are watching the monster from space) then all the mystery and excitement goes and it won’t be as effective anymore.

    Cloverfield is the only movie series that’s ever sent me into a manic obsessive internet search fest not once but twice. God Particle will probably be more of the same. The ARGs just really make the movies.

    I mean jesus, the excitement when they started flashing those images in the 10CL trailer, and people managed to locate them on Youtube, decipher the hidden text and eventually find a load of geocaches. It was so damn exciting to read!

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