WTF: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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Spoiler Alert:

I shall be going down 10 Cloverfield Lane, mapping out its lines and surveying its turns to discover if we should hit that road or if it’s or a dead-end. So read on only if you’ve already seen 10 Cloverfield Lane, or don’t plan to.


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Emmett is about to get…the point

[Note: my copy included an introductory splash screen, so listed times might be off by 2 seconds or more.]

0:02:38 A young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle) hastily packs a box of her belongings and leaves her wedding ring on the table. Either she’s leaving her husband or proposing to her furniture.


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Notice the colour of her car? #redshirt


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Michelle didn’t enjoy being flashed

While she’s putting petrol in her motorcar, a large truck stops in front of her. The music is telling us this is the vehicle that will give her that run-down feeling.

0:04:54 While she’s driving, someone named Ben (Bradley Cooper!) calls her on her hands-free phone and tells her couples fight and she should go back to him. She hangs up on him without saying a word. I suppose this means she’s…phone-y.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead is trying to dial it down

0:05:32 While listening to news of massive power outages along the coast, Ben calls back and her car is hit so hard that she sees the opening credits.

0:06:54 When she comes to, she’s chained by her leg to a basement wall and hooked up to an IV. I’ve had some fantasies that come close to this…


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Air BnB (Bed in Basement)

0:09:31 Michelle tears out her IV and uses the pole it hangs from to pull her mobile to her. Unfortunately, like an alcoholic in Utah, she can’t get any bars.

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Michelle wants to call someone up

0:10:47 Howard (a very convincing John Goodman) enters the cellar with a tray of food. He ignores her pleas for release and informs her he’s going to keep her alive, but doesn’t say what for.


I’m sorry, but no one is looking for you.

Howard throws Michelle the key to her cuffs along with this comment.

0:13:02 When I saw this film in the cinema, the tension of seeing a young woman in her underwear chained to a pipe and locked in a stranger’s cellar had me more tense than a gay man in an Irani bathhouse.

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Willing to take a stab at it

0:14:42 After whittling her crutch tip to a point with a key (and not sharpening it against the cinder block wall like someone who wanted to kill more than time would’ve done), Michelle starts a fire in an air vent so that Howard will have to enter her cell, where she can attack him. He fends her off easily, however, and gives her a shot to knock her out faster than Ronda Rousey fighting Holly Holm.


There’s been an attack. … A big one. I’m not sure yet if it’s chemical or nuclear, but down here we’re safe.

Howard explains why they live in the cellar but sounds more deluded than a Trump supporter.

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Surprise parties in the bunker lacked something

0:18:47 Loud noises rise from outside Michelle’s room. Either they’re not alone in the bunker, or the mice are big enough to take on both Mickey and Minnie.

0:19:58 Michelle wakes up to the sound of a truck driving on the ground above the cedar and to find her bedroom door open. She walks out of the bunker to the tune of Frankie Avalon’s “Venus” and meets Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) who lives behind the shelves and is reassuringly non-rapey.

[The complete soundtrack, including the ‘real’ songs not found on the OST, is found at the bottom of this synopsis.]


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The gloves are off

0:24:22 Michelle finds copies of old Teenagers magazine issues. Howard tells her they belong to Megan, and when Michelle asks who that is, Howard simply says,

Megan’s not with us anymore.

He probably means she’s dead, not that she’s against them.

0:25:04 Howard shows Michelle his 2-way radio which isn’t receiving any signals as proof that the outside world doesn’t exist anymore. She’s as sceptical as a teenager’s parents.


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Worn out welcome

0:27:02 To prove to Michelle the air is poisoned, Howard takes her up a flight of stairs to an improvised airlock, where she can look outside the door and see two rotting pigs. Funny, usually I’m the sick pig. 🐖

0:27:31 While there, she also notices a pickup truck with red paint marks, and realizes Howard didn’t happen to come across her but ran her off the road. Seems like there’s more than two pigs in this story. 🐖 🐖 🐖


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In hindsight


[The explosion] wasn’t like fireworks. No, this was more like something you read about in the Bible.

Michelle learns Emmett saw the explosion that poisoned the air and fought his way into the bunker. She’d assumed he’d been kidnapped, like she was, but now she knows he’s even stupider than he looks.

0:32:12 Howard overhears Michelle expressing her disbelief over the cataclysmic event, just before dinner. She may not be able to eat now that she’s put her foot in her mouth.

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The film is over their heads

0:37:56 During a tense dinner, Michelle flirts with Emmett to get a rise out of Howard, so that she can distract him and steal his keys. She wants him to be like me when I sing (out of key) / I’m a servant (lack-key) / I’m Thor’s brother (low-key).

0:41:26 At the same moment Howard reaches for the bottle opener on his key ring and discovers his keys are missing, a car pulls up overhead. Michelle makes a break for it with Howard hot on her heels, but she’s able to block herself in the airlock, breathless.


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Can’t face it

A woman from the car Michelle heard reaches the door and Michelle understands that people are dying to get into the bunker, and that she’d be dying if she got out.

0:44:07 Howard admits he crashed into Michelle’s car in his hurry to get back to the bunker when he learned of the attack. I still maintain he’s lying, that he crashed into her on purpose: ‘I fancied running into you’ and not ‘fancy running into you!’


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Has to stay inside or she’ll be French toast

Michelle has to shower because trace amounts of tainted air may have leaked through the outer door when she was up there. Howard gives her some of Megan’s clothes to wear afterwards. The wardrobe change from the white tank top to the Paris t-shirt symbolizes her change of heart concerning Howard’s intentions; she now trusts him and has resigned herself to living in the bunker. But she still has on her iconic blue bra beneath, demonstrating her rebellious nature is not completely gone. That she’s still the same underneath.


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Cool it!

Howard chills homemade vodka in a tin cup using liquid nitrogen spray. His relationship with Michelle is no longer on the rocks, but his drink is.


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Picture this

We learn Megan was Howard’s daughter and that his ex wife turned her against him and took her away to Chicago. Seriously though, I think I’d rather die in Chicago than live under a corn field.

0:53:54 Life in the bunker montage to the tune of Tommy James & the Shondells’ ‘I think we’re alone now’.

0:54:27 Tonight on the telly: Cannibal Airlines

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When you’re fed up with your flight attendant

0:56:18 Loud noises from above echo through the bunker. Howard gives his appraisal of the situation.

My guess? Those flashes that kicked all this of, that was Phase 1. Take out your opponent’s population centres with big hits, all at once. Fast. And then for Round 2. Ground sweeps. The satellite log showed an increase in coded traffic recently. Possibly, extraterrestrial signals. I bet what we just heard were airborne patrols sent to hunt down the remaining signs of life. Like us.

What? Only 2 phases? Chloë Grace Moretz could afford five waves!

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She has eyes in the back of her head – just not her own

0:57:18 Immediately after, a flashing light indicates there’s a problem with the air filtration system, and access to it is blocked. This kind of situation takes my breath away.

0:59:22 Michelle must squeeze through the narrow ducts to reach the machine that controls the filtration system and her crawling through the narrow spaces activates my claustrophobia.


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Dyslexics are dying to escape

In the closet-sized room with the machine, she finds a ladder that leads to a plexiglas window to the world. Climbing it, she discovers someone before her had scrawled their initials on the cover, if their initials were ‘HELP’.

1:01:44 Michelle finds a pair of bloody earrings on the ground beneath the skylight. She shows these to Emmett, and then shows him the picture of Megan [48:33], which had the young woman wearing the same earrings. Emmett looks at the photo and says

Wait, that’s not Megan. Her name is Britney. I remember her. She went to high school with my little sister. She went missing two years back.

It would seem Howard kidnapped Britney and kept her prisoner in the bunker until he tortured her to death. This means the bunker is a whine cellar.

1:03:08 They find another photo in the same book, with Howard sitting beside Britney on a sofa with his arm around her. She’s wearing the same Paris t-shirt Howard gave to Michelle. Michelle feels badly because she’s as used as the shirt she has on.

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Michelle needs to step up

1:03:56 The song the oblivious Howard plays is The Exciters – Tell Him. And yet they don’t.

1:04:47 Looking at the shower curtain design of a duck wearing a raincoat, Michelle has an idea and changes back into her original white shirt because she’s back to her old rebel self.

1:07:16 Emmett tricks Howard into getting rid of the shower curtain by telling him Michelle may have contaminated it with ultra high doses of hazardous materials when she touches the air filter. The two fish the curtain out of the dust bin so that Michelle can use it to make a hazmat suit. Or be a giant condom for Halloween.


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Where will she get the other 2 arms?

Montage of Michelle and Emmett making the suit. Sew what?

1:12:49 A suspicious Howard orders Michelle and Emmett to assist him in opening a large barrel of Perchloric acid.

It’s highly corrosive. Dissolves most biological material on contact. With humans? Right down to the bone.

Don’t drop this acid.

1:13:51 Howard tells the other two he’s found the scissors, box cutter, and duct tape they’d pilfered and insists on knowing what they were doing with the implements as he drops them into the vat of acid. Emmett lies to save Michelle by saying he was using them to make a weapon so he might steal Howard’s gun. Emmett steps up…and in it.


Howard: You’re sorry?

Emmett: I am sorry.

Howard: I accept your apology.

[Michelle breathes a sigh of relief.]

Here’s how you really make someone sorry.

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Emmett has bullets on the brain

[N.B. The piece of paper Michelle looks at in her room, from Emmett’s wallet, is the bus ticket he gave up when he decided not to go to uni on a track scholarship because he felt inferior (50:48)]

1:17:02 With Emmett out of the way, Howard says they can do whatever they want now. He apparently wants to shave and look as much like a paedophile as possible.

1:19:04 Michelle is working on the homemade gas mask when she hears Howard coming, so she only has enough time to hide the object in a vent. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have enough time to secure the screws and one falls just as Howard is leaving. In other words, Howard isn’t the only one with a screw loose.

1:19:46 Howard discovers the hazmat suit pieces under the mattress and goes after Michelle, who had just enough time to lock him in her room before she escapes. There are some moments you want to get away from it all.

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Howard tries to get a handle on the door

1:20:12 Michelle grabs the liquid nitrogen spray from a desk as Howard approaches.

Howard: You’re going to walk out on me? After I saved you and kept you safe? This is how you repay me?

Michelle: No. This is.

And she kicks over the barrel of acid so that it washes over Howard’s feet before he slips and falls into it, head first. He’s like a hockey player: having a face-off.

1:20:49 The acid also eats through an electrical cord which causes a short that starts a fire and reminds me of Zombeavers, without the beavers.

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Leave it to Beaver


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Face your problems

Howard confronts Michelle with the right side of his face eroded away. She pulls a large shelf full of food down on top of him and climbs over him. Howard needs to lose some weight.

1:23:02 Michelle crawls out through the vents while Howard tries to stab and grab her. She makes it out unscathed and hazmat suits up while the fire spreads near an electrical box with flammable warnings on it. She best be careful this plan doesn’t blow up in her face.

1:24:08 Using the liquid nitrogen spray, she freezes the lock so she can shatter it. This is called an ice breaker.


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She buys off the shelf – the bathroom shelf


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A local bar in Yemen / strip club in Vatican City / YouTuber’s Mensa meeting


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Thanks a car lot


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A close one

Michelle tears her suit when she’s getting into the pick-up truck. She places some duct tape on the rip on a panic, but she feels as exposed as a stripper removing wallpaper.

1:26:28 Seeing birds fly overhead, she realises the air must be safe to breathe so she removes the gas mask because she’s a bird, too.


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I don’t want to believe

Oh, come on!

Michelle’s reaction (and that of millions of viewers) when she understands the planet has been taken over by aliens.


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A busy day at the orifice

An alien investigates the garage where Michelle is searching Leslie’s corpse [the woman who wanted in at 42:04] for her car keys. Or perhaps the E.T. is hunting for a bargain on a used vehicle.


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Michelle feels brighter

1:31:54 The aliens brought a can of pest spray.

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Pest control


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Running out of time

1:32:42 Michelle makes it to the truck with her gas mask reattached, and is relieved ‘breaking glass’ is an alien concept to the extraterrestrials.

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Star Wars reference?

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Can you pick me up?

1:34:19 Michelle throws a Molotov cocktail into the alien’s maw: Fire in the hole and a burning sensation.

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Just drop me off here


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Post apocalypse

1:36:53 As Michelle drives away, she hears a radio message telling people who need protection to go north to Baton Rouge, and those who are strong enough to help to go to Houston. Precisely at this moment, she reaches a crossroads, with a sign pointing to Houston and another to Baton Rouge. She heads for Houston, as it would make a better sequel.


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Aliens have their heads in the clouds

Roll credits


Tally Ho’

  • WTF!?’s: Nary a 1 WTF
  • When to Follow: This would be a good watch for fans of suspense or fans of huis clos. Try it on a Sunday night when you’d prefer not to be too freaked to sleep before class on Monday.
  • Where’s This Found: The most irritating aspect of this film for me was the title. Originally, it was meant to be called The Cellar, which makes a great deal more sense, but then J.J. Abrams decided to import it into his Cloverfield universe. As a fan of the original Cloverfield, I’d hoped to find at least a modicum of connection between this film and its predecessor, and yet there is none. Not even a ‘blood relative’ or whatever ridiculous term the marketing people coined to trick viewers into believing this was in any way remotely related to the original. Upon leaving the theatre, I gave this film 5 F’s, but on re-watching it and knowing it was not a sequel to Cloverfield, I attributed 7 F’s because John Goodman made some very good choices in his character and a lot of tension was developed in such a tight space. So, taking the average of these impressions, out of a possible 10, I have 7 F’s to give

7 Fs 139pt

  • What To Feedback: Many people online complained about the ending, after Michelle left the bunker. What about you?

[N.B. I’ve added the answer ‘The whole movie was terrible’ as it was suggested by a reader.]

All GIFs used in this review were created with the Imgflip online meme generator

10 (out of 6-7!?) Easter Eggs in the 10 Cloverfield Lane IMAX poster

Some of these are more evident than others, and with a few I, quite frankly, am really reaching, but I stand by these 10 Easter Eggs in the 10 Cloverfield Lane poster!

I require your assistance! Please see update after article!

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  1. Michelle in the window: This image of Michelle at the door of the post box obviously parallels the one of her at the door of the bunker.
  2. The pick-up truck: Another direct reference is the pick-up truck that Howard used to run Michelle off the road.
  3. The bunker: The front edge of the bunker in the back yard is visible at the right side of the house.
  4. The splashed paint: The paint drops copy the blood spatter on the door jamb after Howard shoots Emmett in the head. [1:15:47, see photo after this list]
  5. The duct tape: A reference to the tape Michelle used to assemble her hazmat suit with the shower curtain.
  6. The missing screw: The missing screw represents the screw that fell from the vent, which led to Howard’s discovering Michelle’s escape plan and brings about the climax of the film.
  7. Meagan ❤ : Megan’s name carved into the post references the long-lost daughter Howard is trying to replace using Michelle (and Britney).
  8. Bad Robot: In the weeds is the Bad Robot logo, symbol of producer J.J. Abram’s production company.
  9. TRS: If you look closely, the acronym ‘TRS’ is visible on the bottom right corner of the post box. This is a reference to The Totally Rad Show, a video podcast hosted by Dan Trachtenberg, director of 10 Cloverfield Lane.
  10.  Godzilla (?): Maybe I’m seeing things because I want so badly for it to be true, but the figure in the bottom left window seems to be a profile of Godzilla, and thus a reference to the original Cloverfield, in which New York is attacked by a Godzilla-like creature. [N.B. The artist of the poster has since tweeted me that [sic] ‘No none of the windows are significant’.]
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What a bloody mess!


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The artist of the poster contacted me via Twitter regarding the post. After complimenting this post, he stated there are “6-7” Easter eggs in this poster and that I’d found all of them…but 1. The last one ‘is tiny and barely noticable [sic] unless you look at the one sheet’. I’m at a loss as to what he could mean. Does any of my readers have any ideas? I’m pretty sure it as something to do with the item on the post, but I don’t know what. Please take a look at the following and let me know what I’m missing!

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Left Over WTF (Way Too Funny) Photos

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Out of town traffic
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Michelle has piece and quiet
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John Goodman just can’t get it together

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5 thoughts on “WTF: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

  1. several points. The lit up house represents the explosion that erupts after the acid shorts out the wire.

    This is a story within a story. He was NOT replacing Meagan with Brittany as a daughter but as a sex partner or “wife substitute”

    If Meagan was really his original daughter and he did not just have a string of quasi fake kids he held prisoner to be his mates, certainly Brittany was NOT being treated like a daughter.

    Michelle had the singular misfortune to be rescued by an incestuous, pedophilic, asocial child serial rapist/killer.

    If you notice certain clues of ” white rape van creep” Howard tells a story, the pictures tell a story, Michelle’s sleuthing reshapes parts of his story and Emmett tells a story.

    It’s that old adage. About 10 blind men all trying to identify the same animal..they all work with what the know and they all get it wrong.

    I got it wrong too. During the film, it was apparent that Emmett either knowingly or unknowingly helped Howard construct a torture/,rape bunker to keep young victims with him.

    I had decided that Howard had Aspergers in the extreme and really Emmett was the mastermind…that when she confided in Emmett, she was actually telling either her true kidnapper and Howard was just the file with the shelter and odd ways, or Emmett and Howard were working in tandem.

    I got each clue, but my natural skepticism made me over think the plot.

    I’d like to share the clues that finally showed a very different scenario than just a lonely survivalist looking for a daughter surrogate:

    1. From the beginning, Howard resented Emmett. A lot. Either as competition, or because after creating the bunker, Emmett was a loose end.

    Howard did not remove Emmett as a threat initially, because Howard’s M.O was to kidnap girls (he did not even consider or was able to day the word ‘women’ ) and to kill them if they spurned him or tried to escape too many times.

    2. Odds are high Howard was possibly fixated or in love with his was also obvious that grown women were not his cup of tea, younger girls were..this is evident by his refusal to help the woman at the door. A survivalist would KNOW neither radiation or chemical damage are contagious and while opening the outer door was a risk to Michelle..the very energy the older woman showed indicated it was not immediately deadly.

    3. Howard indicated his Daughter was taken by his wife and turned against him. after seeing the picture of Brittany in his daughters shirt, with his arm possessively gripping her first, yet the girl looks tense and rigid, it is apparent who liked that cuddle and who was verybunvomfortable in it.

    My take is his wife (IF he was ever married and had a daughter) caught Howard doing something improper to or with Meagan (IF there ever was a daughter named Meagan) and when she could, they both escaped.

    OR… Howard was never married, never had a daughter and Meagan was the name he gave all of his victims, as well as dressing them in certain. Clothes.

    4. I took several sociology classes in college and one was on child abuse and sexual abuse. Men who rape their daughters often use them as proxy wives…so here is number 5, that points to Howard being a sicko.

    5. Howard tells Michelle she will learn to get good at cooking..the inference is cooking FOR him, like a “wife” does..he also has Michele tend to his injury.. a sort of a wife would do (right up there with Poppin back zits, or beard pustules, or removing blackheads the hubby can’t reach) these kind of gestures indicate an intimacy and level of familiarity only done by noon medical people very comfortable with each other.

    6. Emmett can do nothing right and his company infuriates Howard, who planned for a twosome and got a threesome.

    I think Howard broke Emmett’s arm and out of loyalty for being allowed to stay, Emmett assumed responsibility for it.

    7. Like most kidnappers and child molesters, Howard saw his victim as a girl, not a woman (he might have killed her if he saw her as a grown woman) ,AND he sought to make her complicit in getting rid of Emmett which he always planned to do, because Emmett was in the way and preventing his fantasy relationship with Michelle to progress.

    Emmett was competition. Pure and simple.

    8.Howard calls Michelle to help him drag the acid into the bathroom. Killing Emmett was a problem solved and once dead, Howard steps up courting Michelle, cooking dinner and shaving and combing his hair.

    In hostage kidnap/rape situations, victims are often in bunkers and secret rooms, and if the kidnapper gets less resistance and is not a sadist, they may let their victims live for years. if they are pedaphiles. They DO replace their victims with more age appropriate. Victims.

    The older victim can be killed, or used as bait to lure a new victim, or kept as a surrogate parent, housekeeper for the kidnapper and his new victim.

    This s actually classic in a pedophile, ho differs from a child predator.
    a child predator wants to rape and harm children physically and sexuallt for the thrill of it. Child predators are serial molesters and possibly serial killers.

    There are many types of pedophiles but one classic type is very emotionally immature and cannot relate to people their own age.

    Some predators want relationships and romance. I believe a young lady was used, because she still looked young, and because putting a young girl in the role would not have been as plausible when it came to the fight scenes and flirting with still worked because chronological age is not as important as looks.

    When they played that game, Howard could not identify her as a woman..he saw her as a girl..his girl. Knowing stealing young girls was wrong, in his mind they became surrogates for Meagan, who may have been his first “girl” and zi mean that in a sexual way.

    Howard attempting to stab her in the vent reveals his hidden rage at being “betrayed” he kills betrayers.

    Was Meagan as well as Brittany in that acid? Did Brittany betray him or just start looking too old?

    Many men how take sexual hostages are lonely, socially inept and frustrated..John Goodman played his role well, except his forgiveness after each infraction of Michele’s came too easily.

    Had this been a TV series, he still would have gotten rid of Emmett, but over time, maybe poisoning him.

    I got it wrong, because while I figured out something really happened; I vacillated whether dorky Emmett was in on it, or the mastermind and was helping to foment paranoia and mistrust in Michele .

    I even questioned whether he was telling the truth about Brittany or made it up to draw Michele closer to him. I was shocked when he got shot but thrilled…normally, I am spot on with every nuance of every flick and since I was an investigator in my profession, I am constantly analyzing the laws of probability.

    Finally, the ” choice” of refuge or fighter (Baton Rouge or Houston) is an OBVIOUS reference about Michele’s regret about never standing up for or fighting back against abuse..not for herself or others.

    by being forced to fight for her life and escape, not only a serial killer/ kidnapper, but human eating aliens, Michele finally finds her mojo.

    Having broken the shackles of hiding out and enduring she did as a kid, like she did as a post apocalyptic hostage…Michele throws a metaphorical as well as literal Molotov cocktail and saves herself.

    Having thrived through adversity and saved herself..when they ask for fighters and defenders..and give her the choice of being taken care if and hiding in Baton Rouge or taking the monsters in..having already conquered her own monsters if abuse inertia, and a serial killer and an alien..she realizes she is the stuff fighters are made she assumes her mantle and drives TO the danger instead if running like she usually does.

    To me what makes this an amazing and great the fact I could not adequately predict the ending, git it wrong (I have been wrong about plots less than 5 times in over 50 years) and there were do many stories within stories, pretty much like your analysis in that picture…the more awareness or observant the viewer, the more depth and genius in this movie.

    Please excuse my phone’s autocorrect


    1. Hallo Queenie!

      Wow! What a comment! Thank you so much for taking all the time to punch that out…on your phone!

      First off, I couldn’t agree with you more about the unhealthy attitude that Howard had to the girls. I certainly avoided going into that as deeply as I could’ve in the synopsis, perhaps because it made me uncomfortable. Just one note:

      Michelle had the singular misfortune to be rescued by an incestuous, pedophilic, asocial child serial rapist/killer.

      In fact, Howard didn’t technically rescue her because he caused the accident. He spotted her at the gas station (one of the screenshots I posted shows his headlights while she’s filling her tank) and then ran her off the road in order to rescue/kidnap her.

      Other than that, I find your analysis of the relationship dynamic between Howard and Michelle to be spot on, but what I really enjoyed about your comment was the slant you gave us on Emmett! I’d always just assumed he was sort of a sad sack, but looking on him as an active participant in the kidnappings made me do a double take! I’m going to have to give the film another look from that angle. While I don’t think he had it in him to be the mastermind, he certainly could have been an accomplice. Thanks for showing me that!

      I love how much you loved the film and how much thought you put into it. As someone who obviously enjoys analysing movies, it makes my day when I find a like-minded soul. Thank you again!

      WTF!? Queenie 👑 (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly


  2. Wow Awesome analysis, very detailed! Love your page, very well designed. Truly appreciate all the trivia/details 👍.

    As for that egg you pointed out. Could it be the alien that attacks Michelle?


    1. Hallo AJT!

      Thank you so much for the comment and the wonderful compliments! I’m glad my love for what I do makes it onto the page. 😉

      Concerning the Easter Egg…I like your theory! It seems more than plausible, and I appreciate your input.

      WTF AJT (Watch The Film)!?

      Saint Pauly


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