Super 8: What's So Scary?

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

West Virginia film fanatics and moviegoers may be counting down the days until the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg filed in Weirton, WV, flick, “Super 8” opens in June. However, the filmmakers have created a teasing viral campaign on the internet slipping a scene here and a plot ingredient there. It’s the same style of  “interactive clues” that were dropped prior to the opening of “Cloverfield.”

Meanwhile, Boxoffice Magazine, one of the icons of the motion picture business, has added a so-so expectation for “Super 8.” They call it "grad A summer escapism" but have concerns that alien invasion flicks (i.e. Battle Los Angeles and Skyline) have ranged from hit to dud.

They predict a $42,000,000 opening for "Super 8," which ranks under "Thor's " $73 million, "Kung Fu Panda II's $107,000,000, and Pirates On Stranger Tides $110,000,000 with Hangover II expected $92,000,000. The X Men First Class has a projection of $70,000,000.

(Diversion: As for the cumulative predicted tickets sold, "Super 8" comes in with $135 million. What's ahead of it? Kung Fu $320 million, Pirates , $300 million, Hangover II , 245 million , Thor $208 million, X Men $155 million. Below? Priest ($31 million, Bridemaids, $45 million , Jumping the Broom, $30 million).

And, for those of you unable to piece together the message which Abrams’ dropped in the clips, filmedge, has cryptography interpreted: No Certainity If a Live May Be After Us We Go Underground.

One of the clues refers to then President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 address on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Considering all the meltdown fears from Japan and anxieties about reactors in the United States, “Super 8” could be a “China Syndrome” in disguise.

Here’s the official synopsis:

 In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Since this flick pays “homage” to Spielberg, I still ask, do any of the young kids (or all of them) stand as symbolic young Spielbergs?

Aside from “Super 8,” which opens June 10, moviegoers anticipate an assembly of summer blockbusters starting May 6 with the unveiling of the season’s first superhero, “Thor.”  On June 3, “X Men First Class” opens followed on June 17 by “Green Lantern,” and the July 22 debut of “Captain America: The First Avenger.”