The last time we saw King Kong on the big screen? 2008!
As we fast approach the release of Kong: Skull Island, which looks to be absolutely awesome, I’ve naturally had Kong on my mind, and I just remembered a pretty cool little tidbit about Cloverfield that I wanted to share. Chances are some of you already know this, and will surely bitch at me in the comments section, but I can be pretty sure that many are not aware of it.
Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, is obviously a big time fan of classic monster movies, and in his own found footage monster movie, he worked in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them tributes to three of the biggest classics of them all. Spliced into the footage at three different points in the film, believe it or not, are images from Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and King Kong!
Cleverly, the image from the original King Kong is the one of Kong attacking a plane, and it’s spliced into the film after the Cloverfield monster, well, attacks a helicopter.
Here’s where you’ll find the three well-hidden homages:
- 24:06 – Them! (1954)
- 45.27 – The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
- 1:06:55 – King Kong (1933)
Check out screen-grabs below and keep your eyes peeled next time you watch Cloverfield!