The Latest Buzz on J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield / 1-18-08
The hype on J.J. Abram's monster movie Cloverfield / 1-18-08 that had its trailer debut in front of Transformers has been steadily declining since the trailer first ran. Of course there are always some people somewhere on the internet constantly deciphering and discussing, so at least the buzz is still going. However I've heard from numerous people who were interested at first that now they just don't care and that their hype has somewhat died. Is this part of Paramount's marketing strategy? Let it steadily decline then hit us in the face with something big closer to the film's opening? Let's take a look at the latest updates as a few seem to have arisen in the last few days.
Over at the film's official website, www.1-18-08.com, a new photo has appeared in the "pile." It features a chef showing off his latest creation, which looks pretty appetizing (at least considering how hungry I am at the moment). On the back side of the photo, which you can flip over, it lists a recipe written in Japanese. Roughly translated (below in its entirety) it talks about some random food to create what sounds like a good dish.
Thank you for checking us out! We are introducing this week's tasty one dish. Make sure you eat it cold!
• Skinless chicken breast - 2, cut in halves
• S?men noodles - 10 oz.
• Watercress - 1/2 cup cut into small strips
• Turnip - 1/2 cup, thinly sliced
• Shiitake Mushrooms - 1/2 cup
• Chicken stock - 1/3 cup
• Sake - 2 tbsp.
• Sugar - 1/2 tsp.
• Deep Sea Nectar - 1 pinch
In a small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup water, chicken stock, sake, and sugar. Chill it until it becomes cold. Grill the chicken breast on both sides for about 8 minutes, and then chill. Boil the noodles for about 3 minutes, and then run under cold water until chilled. Mix the watercress, radish, and mushrooms into the s?men. Slice the chicken thinly and arrange on top of the s?men mix. Just before you serve, put the deep sea nectar in the sauce and pour over the noodles generously.
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From as far as I can tell, the only important part of that recipe is the Deep Sea Nectar, which ties into the latest discovery in the Cloverfield / 1-18-08 world which is a new viral website for a Japanese company called Tagruato Corp - www.tagruato.jp.
The guys over at SlashFilm and the Unfiction forums have been hard at work trying to figure out everything on the site, what it all means, and whether it is legitimate or not. The company has ties to the Slusho company (found at www.slusho.jp), which was confirmed as a tie-in to the movie. As of now, most believe that the site is legitimate and that it is another real tie-in to the movie.
Tagruato Corp is a "collective of top scientists, engineers, and businessmen committed to leading our investors and the whole of mankind into the future." Without going over all the details, the important discovery on the website was a map and information on their newest drilling location. The Chuai Station, as it's called, opened in September 2007 and is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is very close to New York City.
Here's where everything all starts to come together. Throughout the Tagruato website there is a lot of talk about using deep sea ingredients for research into curing cancer and other terminal illnesses. On one page they mention that they are "currently working on the Slusho! Sea Freeze, a frozen pop that will be available for purchase in your local market and will contain the company's healthy special ingredient." The speculation is that this drilling operation is allowing them to harvest this "deep sea nectar" and/or these "deep sea ingredients", which is where the reference to the recipe comes in above.
The final connection between all of this is a new trailer that Ain't It Cool News had a scoop on quite a while back. The trailer apparently ends with Rob and a few others in a sealed medical center somewhere. At the very end some girl starts crying blood and some army guys around her yell "she's been bitten!" Now this leads further speculation that the monster, which comes from the deep sea drilling site, is also poisonous or parasitic. So this whole deep sea nectar is connected to that in some way.
Remember, most of this is just speculation and consideration on my own behalf. You're welcome to of course explore the newest websites and discuss more theories, ideas, and whatever else. I've got a feeling in my bones that something big is on the fringe of hitting. I think they're going to slap another trailer onto some movie sometime soon, and it's going to hit hard. It's going to be even more exciting than the first trailer, I just know it. Stay tuned!