Cloverfield leaves viewers spewing!

Jan 23 2008 Published by under Entertainment, Horror

Thanks to the 'shaky-cam' filming method of Cloverfield, apparently a significant number of viewers have been getting sick during the film:

Scary movies are supposed to leave patrons feeling a bit scared and jittery, but the newest horror flick is leaving Oklahoma City-area moviegoers with a different feeling -- nausea.

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Some moviegoers across Oklahoma City have gone so far to complain to theater managers, forcing some to refund tickets or offer other compensation.

"I heard a few people kind of whining about it," said moviegoer Thomas Dozier. "They were talking about, like, 'I have got to get out of here.' Everyone around me was freaking out."

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But for those with a sensitive stomach, precautions might be warranted."Take Dramamine, and you'll be fine," said Hastings.

Here's an even easier bit of advice for queasy Cloverfield  viewers: close your eyes.  You're not actually moving while the movie is playing, unlike on a roller coaster, so you can simply shut your eyes for a few moments during a slow spot in the film to let your brain settle down.  This is the same advice you'll get on many virtual reality rides at amusement parks.

8 responses so far

  • Personal Demon says:

    I thought your title was a reference to the IMDb half-wits that babs67 was complaining about.

  • Personal Demon says:

    The girlfriend aka Babs67 wrote: "What a bunch of pussies…"

    Are you referring to the Dramamine crowd or the IMDb crowd or both?

    Probably both.

  • babs67 wrote: "What a bunch of pussies…"

    Yikes! And you complain when I use such language? 🙂

    I'm not as critical of people getting sick as I am of people demanding their money back because they were unable to shut their eyes...

  • Eric says:

    I remember feeling nauseated during "The Blair Witch Project" and "Dancer in the Dark."

    Frankly, the whole handheld camera thing is dopey. I know, I know, its "edgy" and "cool." But a little bit goes a long way. F*** arty pretensions - buy a Steadicam or rent a tripod.

  • Eric - I don't think the point of Cloverfield was to be "edgy" and "cool". The technique was supporting the story that this was a first person account of the monster attack. I don't think the movie would have had the same effect had they used a traditional technique for filiming.

  • Eric says:

    Hey Girlfriend! (Sorry, I just had to say that)

    I'm sorry - I haven't seen Cloverfield, so I apologize if you thought I was commenting on that. I liked the previews and have thought about going though!

    While I like the concept of the first person shooter, it has a tendency to be nauseating if carried on through the entire movie. I had a headache fifteen minutes into "Dancer in the Dark" and almost lost my lunch by the end of "Blair Witch Project."

    But to be totally fair, I hate first person anything. As a former newspaper editor I still loathe seeing reviewers or social commentators (Camille Paglia is a notable example) who write everything in the first person. Its the same with film - a little goes a long way.

    To be sure, there ARE people who shoot or write in the first person and do it extremely well - but they are the exception not the rule. Again, that's just my two cents!

  • Eric: In general, I tend to agree with you. Clearly there's a damn good reason steady-cams were invented in the first place! I also tend to get irritated by television shows that have 'special episodes' filmed from the point of view of a documentary filmmaker - Nip/Tuck had a recent example of this. Even if the camera is steady, having a limited perspective of the action is generally an annoyance rather than a boon.

    In the case of Cloverfield, though, the POV works really well. Having the camera swivel up to see a massive monster looming overhead is more terrifying than any Godzilla movie ever was (though, to be fair, Godzilla movies have a lot more than camera angle going against them: cheesy effects, cheesy acting, cheesy plot, cheesy dubbing...). I would summarize by saying that one should only use a first-person POV if it will show you something new, and I think Cloverfield does it.