For some reason I really got into the buzz surrounding 2007′s Cloverfield. The whole mystery surrounding the monster combined with the “reality” angle really hooked me. When the movie came out, Susan and I went on opening night. Despite all the film’s hype, we were one of only two couples in the entire theater.
Most of Cloverfield was filmed using handheld cameras (“shaky-cam”). It doesn’t bother some people at all. To people who are prone to motion sickness, it can cause headaches or nausea. To the girl sitting two rows behind us in the theater-style seating, it caused her to barf. All over the place. The sound of 44oz ounces of theater soda mixed with five pounds of butter-soaked popcorn splattering on the theater’s concrete floor echoed throughout the theater. The two of them left, leaving only Susan and I inside the theater to contend with the smell of puke slowly oozing down the stairs towards us.
I’ve watched Cloverfield a few times since then at home, but every time I do I can still remember the smell in the theater that night and that god-awful splattering sound.
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