Cloverfield is somehow simultaneously an underrated and over-exposed franchise, one that initially brought with it massive amounts of hype and then quietly chose to fade away before coming back in a new pseudo-Twilight Zone-esque way with 10 Cloverfield Lane. 10 Cloverfield Lane was anything but a traditional sequel to Cloverfield like many expected, and it’s entire existence came as a surprise to many when it was suddenly announced.
Well, it looks like the Clover-verse is back (is that what we’re calling it? Slushoverse RIP?) and once again it’s found a new way to surprise us with its mere existence. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming sci-fi vehicle The God Particle, though that does look quite interesting itself. Instead, I’m talking about another secret Cloverfield movie, one that you may have already heard of but didn’t know it yet.
God Particle and A Quiet Place are two of the most hotly anticipated horror movies of 2018. And while the first is a confirmed addition to the loosely connected Cloverfield franchise, a theory is emerging that A Quiet Place is also part of the same ever-expanding universe.
John Krasinski and J. Abrams are friends and frequent collaborators.
The fact that Bad Robot is not listed as a production company for A Quiet Place could be intentional misdirection, as anything produced by J.J. Abrams is automatically suspected of being a Cloverfield Movie.
John Krasinski was rumored to be in the cast of God Particle but mysteriously left the production.
The fact that God Particle and A Quiet Place are scheduled to premiere so close to one another could indicate they’re part of the same story.
The family in A Quiet Place is hiding from a creature that can sense sound; this is similar to the aliens in 10 Cloverfield Lane.
OK! So, assuming you watched that video or at least skimmed the bullet points, there’s some information to consider, and also some to outright debunk here. Firstly, while JJ Abrams and John Krasinski might be friends, it’s truly stretching your sense of credibility to proclaim they’re “frequent” collaborators. I couldn’t think of anything they’d EVER worked on before, and after researching a bit it looks like JJ directed an episode of The Office, and Krasinski was considered for a part in The God Particle. A friendship doesn’t exactly spell out a workable tangible connection between the two movies in my opinion, but thankfully there are more points to break down.
The strongest argument in my opinion here is the one of John Krasinski deciding to “leave” production of The God Particle to work on this movie instead. It’s easy to imagine a scenario where JJ is futzing around with his big obvious “Cloverfield movie but not” distraction, and Krasinski pitches his horror movie to JJ one evening, and they both hash out how to make it into a Cloverfield movie. Then JJ looks at John or vice versa and they lament being unable to do it what with their commitments to God Particle, when the idea gets floated by one of them that Krasinski should just quit and go to work on his quiet movie idea, and it’d play the part of the REAL secret Cloverfield movie with God Particle as the big distraction movie. Using a larger budget movie to distract attention away from a smaller budgeted film, sounds exactly like the kind of idea JJ Abrams would jump all over. It’s his exact kind of thing to do, and Krasinski is a talented filmmaker in his own right, who’d get a huge boost from all the attention brought to his secret Cloverfield film. It’s just crazy enough to be a thing!
However, there’s one big glaring problem with the last few “points”, which is their tremendous coincidences at best, even more so than the other points that would draw attention to possible clues between the two films. A monster being noise-sensitive is cliched monster behavior we’ve seen in countless horror and sci-fi films, and the release dates of God Particle and A Quiet Place mean almost nothing given that we KNOW they’re released by two different production studios. Knowing how chaotic release schedules can be for movies – especially one with a date that’s been changed as much as God Particle’s – it makes it far more likely that it’s just a coincidence they’re released a few months apart from each other. Add up every single point of these and there’s no hard, solid, in-universe proof to connect the two films, just a lot of coincidence and conjecture. While I personally love the idea of this, and would really love to be proven wrong, until I see hard evidence in a new trailer that connects the two, I’m going to remain skeptical. Hopefully, I’m horribly wrong, because I’ve never wanted to be wrong so badly before.
A Quiet Place hits theaters on April 6, 2018.
Images: Paramount Pictures
Source: Horror Freak News,