It is unclear just how closely linked 10 Cloverfield Lane is to it's predecessor. According to J.J. Abrams it is not in fact a sequel, more of a blood relative. It is hard to work out exactly what that means. As ETC Daily on Machinima reported: the lead actress has let slip some plot details. According to Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the plot of this spiritual successor to Cloverfield is of a family hiding from the outside world as there has been a nuclear fallout. This is quite strange as the first movie ended with the alien invaders being destroyed.
It could be that this post-apocalyptic world has come about as a result of humanity's attempts to wipe out the monsters. Michelle's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) reaction as she looks out of the window in the trailer is perhaps a hint that the aliens are not quite extinct after all.
I actually only saw Cloverfield for the first time this week and I have to say, I loved it. What is so good about it is the impact the realism has, it is really quite scary. One of the reasons it is so effective is because the creatures are not little green Martians, they are spider-like monstrosities. Although it can be an overused trope in horror movies, found footage is utilised masterfully in the movie. The sequel does not use this 'shakey cam' technique but looks to be very creepy nonetheless. I look forward to being back in that universe regardless of how tenuous it's links to Cloverfield turn out to be.
We have some seriously skilled actors here in John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. Furthermore, I love the idea that they have lived in the bunker for years so everything down there is retro. The tone of 10 Cloverfield Lane looks to be eerie and fascinating, I eagerly await it's release on March 18th.