SUPER 8 Viral Video Gets Pieced Together

     June 9, 2011


Over the past several months, Paramount sent out pieces of a grainy black-and-white footage as part of the viral campaign for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8.  These pieces were shown on websites like /Film, HitFix, io9, and other websites.  Now a day before the film’s release (or really, the afternoon before the film’s release since Paramount sold tickets for showings tonight), all the pieces have been cut together to show an early 1960s “secret military video” showing early scientific research into the alien that breaks free from the train crash featured in all of Super 8‘s TV spots and trailers.  Abrams has tried so hard to keep most of the film a secret so I won’t spoil the video.  I will say that the video itself is part of Super 8‘s plot, so you should consider this somewhat of a spoiler (but I wouldn’t say it’s major).

Hit the jump to check out the footage, which contains a glimpse of the alien. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, and Kyle Chandler.  Super 8 opens tomorrow (or tonight).  Look for my review later today.

Video via Yahoo! Movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for Super 8:

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.

  • Alex H

    This is the video the kids watch in the school, correct?

  • Spaceship

    Looks like all the swirling pieces in the trailer for the movie might/should be the ship trying to reconstitute itself. So, he/she/it is just trying to get the eff out of here? Sure.

  • jon

    Isn’t that Mayor Royce from ‘The Wire’?!

  • Jesus

    Why is it the one black scientist is the person that got attacked? Nevermind that it’s supposedly dated 1958 and thus it’s highly improbable, considering the timeline of the Civil Rights movement, that there’d even have been a black scientist on staff. It really makes it seem like they allowed an anachronism just so a black guy would be the one to get attacked by the monster.

    • DarthKosh

      The Army was integrated before the korean war.

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  • jimbob

    Excited for the movie in all, but why would they reveal this now? We’ve spent all this time waiting patiently only to have the creature reveal ruined by some stupid clip on behalf of jj’s ego. Or so it seems…

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  • Eric

    Really, a Dead Bro Walking in viral marketing… Come On!!!