J. J. Abrams and freshman director Dan Trachtenberg have finally delivered the next installment in the Cloververse, and it has already surprised everyone in the best way possible. The sci-fi psychological thriller has received wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike, earning a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is set to make $20 million in its opening weekend. 10 Cloverfield Lane was full of little Easter Eggs and references, and here are a few of the most interesting ones.
**WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD**
1. 'Kelvin' and 'Slusho!'
Filmmakers love to create their own brands for their movies to save money on product placement; whether it's Tarantino's Red Apple tobacco or Pixar's Pizza Planet. Abrams continued this style with two brands: 'Kelvin' and 'Slusho!'. The fictional gas station, Kelvin, was previously seen in Bad Robot/J. J. Abrams's sci-fi adventure, Super 8. The convenience store slushie have also been seen in almost every movie and TV show imaginable, but Abrams's Slusho! brand has appeared in a few of his projects, the most notable being its debut in this film's 2008 predecessor.
2. The Briefest Big Cameo
Our heroine Elizabeth (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) may have remained quiet for the first few minutes of the movie, but the first voice audiences hear is that of the boyfriend her character has just left in a hurry. While we caught a brief glimpse of the man in a photograph, it still may come as a surprise to discover that her quick-to-be-forgotten ex is voiced by none other than Bradley Cooper. The actor's cameo lasts all of about a minute-and-a-half, but his voice is still recognizable. Cooper worked with Abrams back on Alias, so the star clearly didn't mind his voice being cameoed in the movie.
3. Paramount Product Placement
Some studios are known for having the occasional reference to other movies they've released. 10 Cloverfield Lane, however, is absolutely littered with other Paramount Pictures movies. Whether it's confusing Pretty in Pink with Sixteen Candles (Universal Pictures, however), or a VHS copy of Top Gun, chances are you couldn't go too long through the movie without catching a Paramount Pictures reference.
4. That Jukebox Is Fully-Loaded
First off, let's just start with the fact that they have a jukebox in the doomsday bunker. How rare is it to see jukeboxes anywhere nowadays, especially in a doomsday bunker? Howard went with the cool decision to keep one in his bunker, and he bought this one jam-packed with awesome music. In addition to the oldies played by Howard in the movie, such as 'I Think We're Alone Now,' the machine also included some more recent stuff, including the Armageddon soundtrack.
"We've Taken Back The Northern Seaboard."
If you've been hesitantly reading after the spoiler warning above, this is your last chance to turn back. That being said, the whole movie was a dream inside Howard's head...
Just kidding! The big twist revealed at the end of the movie is that the three were taking shelter from an alien invasion (yes, you read that right). Howard's ramblings about "Martians finally making it here" were not so crazy, as Michelle witnesses a space ship flying towards her when she finally escapes from the bunker, and is then attacked by it and a creature, defeating both with a homemade Molotov cocktail.
But as she drives away from the mess, she finally gets a radio signal and it turns out the invasion is happening all along the east coast, as well as the southern states. But in the broadcast, the most interesting part is the fact they mention the northern seaboard. While this may seem like a way to show how far-expanding the invasion is, this could actually be the biggest tie to the first film. All the action of the first Cloverfield took place in New York, and the northern reference can be seen as them finally getting control of the creature that attacked, or that the creature itself was a precursor to the events in this film. But, we'll have to wait for future Clover movies to find out.