JJ Abrams movie (Cloverfield)

GLENN_THE_TOOL

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i go to ethanhaaswasright.com, there's a long delay as the screen loads, and i just get some cog-shaped image with Ethan Haas Was Right written underneath it on a black background. i click on everything on the screen and nothing happens, nothing even shows up. i think my computer's too slow for whatever the puzzle's supposed to be. i did see the trailer with Transformers, and i'm not kidding when i say the entire theater was buzzing with "Holy shit!" "What the fuck was that?!?" "I'm definitely seeing that movie!" it is probably the best trailer i've ever seen. and from the rumors out there, the movie has something to do with the Lovecraft creature Cthuhlu.
 

JMCC

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i go to ethanhaaswasright.com, there's a long delay as the screen loads, and i just get some cog-shaped image with Ethan Haas Was Right written underneath it on a black background. i click on everything on the screen and nothing happens, nothing even shows up. i think my computer's too slow for whatever the puzzle's supposed to be. i did see the trailer with Transformers, and i'm not kidding when i say the entire theater was buzzing with "Holy shit!" "What the fuck was that?!?" "I'm definitely seeing that movie!" it is probably the best trailer i've ever seen. and from the rumors out there, the movie has something to do with the Lovecraft creature Cthuhlu.
On the left side of your screen there should be a blue "star", click on it...
 

JoeyDVDZ

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what about the screen that flashes by just before the cog? It has a paragraph of text on it, but it flashes by so fast I can't read it.

EDIT: Hover over the blue star on the right, and a series of glyphs appears, that seem to match those on the egg.
 

weakside

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Brilliant marketing for whatever this movie turns out to be. Less is more.

I hope there is a pay-off at the end though.
 

Vyce

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I've been obsessed with this movie for about a week, and have wracked my brain at those puzzle sites (can't get past puzzle 4, though). Great marketing campaign, and I'm REALLY want to see this film.

On the surface it seems like a giant monster movie (kaiju film), only done "realistically" with hand-cam footage, which is very intriguing to me. But with those Ethan Haas sites, I'm hearing rumours that this could possibly have a Cthulhu / Elder Gods theme to it. Which would be fucking GREAT, I'd love to see a giant Cthulhu ripping shit up.
 

Dre

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This movie looks really good, when I was in Transformers last week, there was a family with little kids behind me, and one of them started getting scared and crying when this trailer, (which may I say looks amazingly good), so I enjoyed it WAY more.

Definitely gonna check this out.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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Is the trailer available online yet?
 

Standby

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If this is going to be a Lovecraft-based movie, is there anything in particular I should read to get some info? I, like everyone else, was really captivated by the trailer, and if nothing else, I'm curious to see what it's all about. My first reaction to my friend was "Godzilla". But I keep seeing this Cthuhlu word popping up and figure I need to know something about it to understand...

Nothing like Abrams making people earn any information, only to find it's really not any useful info. The Lost Experience last summer was very similar to this.

It's a great device, and it works...
 

MrAbovePar

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If this is going to be a Lovecraft-based movie, is there anything in particular I should read to get some info? I, like everyone else, was really captivated by the trailer, and if nothing else, I'm curious to see what it's all about. My first reaction to my friend was "Godzilla". But I keep seeing this Cthuhlu word popping up and figure I need to know something about it to understand...

Nothing like Abrams making people earn any information, only to find it's really not any useful info. The Lost Experience last summer was very similar to this.

It's a great device, and it works...
Lovecraft's fiction was centered around the concept of our world being just a fraction of what actually exists across multiple overlying realms and dimensions. There were a group of old gods which had left our realm but stayed sleeping or semi-active on other realms. The most famous was Cthulhu. He was an octopus faced being who was fated to one day wake. He would then consume the world whole. His scream would shatter a person instantly and make them completely insane.

A lot of Lovecraft's stuff dealt with madness and our perception of reality.
 

Standby

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You mean like politics? :D

But the Cthulhu movie is coming out this year.
Yeah that's what's confused me. There are trailers for the Cthulhu movie already, and that's slated for the fall.

Again, know next to nothing other than how Abrams tends to do stuff.

Maybe this movie isn't about Cthulhu (whatever that is... :) ) and is about the whole world of those books.

If that's the case... I guess I have a lot of reading to catch up on...
 

Papagolash

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NOOOO THere's a Cthuhlu movie coming out, with Tori Spelling? Ohh it's going to reek of suck. I don't even think he's in that movie. I took a look at the trailer (no sound here at work) and it just looks like the main character losing it and going mental.

I need to read Call of Cthuhlu and catch up on all this. I've known of Cthuhlu for years now, as an internet fad but that's it. One thing that has been brought to my attention is that the undersea city of R'lyeh where he lives is in the Pacific, so it'd be odd of him attacking NYC.

Oh and Bryan, this is Cthulhu. (ku-thoo-loo) Kinda reminds me of the cartoon Unhumanoids.



 

Rev

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Hehe, working at NY1 finally paid off.

This ones gonna be kick ass, cant wait.
 
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Is that Metallica song gonna be the theme?
 

Fuck Crosby

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I just found an assload of information from another board, here it is...
okay i'm going out tonight. this is all of the information i have compiled so far.
a lot of it is direct quotes from other sources. plagiarism ftw!


Here are ALL of the viral marketing campaigns so far involving this film.



the most obvious of which is the trailer found here which was displayed before the showing of Transformers.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/11808/large.html


*THIS IS FICTIONAL*



Ethan Haas is a prophet who wrote about the apocalypse. One of Haas prophecies and visions of the future says:
"The great cycle, the beginning and the end, turns just as the plans of the gods turn once again to the world of men.
And they will come upon the earth only after the skies rain down fire and the very earth itself is made to shake and the great cities of men fall into ruins. Their plans are set and their purpose is clear; they come for war."



If you click on the following website, http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com/ , after each puzzle a video of someone named Van will appear. Van is supposed to be a devout follower of Ethan Haas as well as the creater of the website.

In Reality, http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com/ is owned by someone in the name of Van Mantra of Orlando Florida (THIS IS NOT FICTION).

The html source code of http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com will reveal this message: http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/774/picture4bp3.png

“war came, no longer from the elemental nor from the star’s rain of fire. The world was again remade, and the glow was as the coming of the sun upon the Earth. The children of the gods were again too few, scattered and divided and among them walked the ancients and those whose thoughts were not as to the towers and the marvels, but to the End and the destruction of the Earth and to the fires from which nothing could escape”

By clicking all of the Stars on the first puzzle of http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com/ you can discover his email address.

If you send 'Van' an email you will get an auto response email with clues for each of the 5 puzzles on http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com

The autoresponse email says the following:
The auto response email:

"If you're receiving this auto-response message it means that I've gone
into hiding. You should be careful now, too. They're likely to start
coming after all of us in an attempt to keep the balance of power in
their favor. But remember, as our numbers increase as a group, the weaker
they'll become.

As you recruit new people to our cause, you might need to share this
message as guidance for how to navigate the 5 locks to the key code...

1) The first lock will test your memory. Follow the trail of light and
sound, but be careful -- one wrong move will send you back to the
beginning.

2) For the second lock, you may need to look to the stars. They will
help you find HAAS who will lead your way.

3) The third lock will require you to extinguish all lights but one.
Only with one light remaining will you be able to proceed.

4) The fourth lock will let you move all 4 pieces through the control
of one. However, unless the three key pieces are simultaneously placed
into position, you will not be granted access.

5) The fifth lock will be the toughest. Seek help again from the stars
to reveal your key and the message that you must decode. The two
working together will open the way.

Good luck.

Van"

By hovering over the furthest right star on http://www.ethanhaswasright.com you will notice a 26 letter alphabet that looks like this:
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/8207/picture6ba6.png

This alphabet is essential in solving the 5 puzzles.






The five videos that follow each test/puzzle state the following:

#1. "My name is Van. I have the writings of Ethan Haas here. I thought it was just some old story, but then it began to sound like he'd actually seen the future. Everything up to now has happened exactly as he said. And then there's these predictions of the future. So many people die. You were able to find this message. You're one of us, so you must know what needs to be done. But to be sure, I have to test you. You need to find others and help us try and stop it. You must send them here to prove you're one of us. We've already started but we're not strong enough yet. We only have until August 1st to recruit and prepare. Now trust Haas for the answer."

#2. "The signs have already started to show themselves. They have been for years. But when money's more important than saving lives to the ones who have the power to stop it, why would they want to see the truth? Our ways have brought this upon ourselves. And this is just the beginning. This world is going to change, one way or another. It is inevitable, and you know this. There is help out there for us. And I'll make a single point to find it. How much [something] you know before it's too late." [This whole video was the most garbled of the 4 I viewed, and as such, I'm very iffy on the last sentence.]

#3. "We are blinded by our own selfish interests. Our wars are taking the lives of those who we'll need for the bigger battle ahead. Intolerance, oppression, poverty and poor education are killing those that can help defend the world. The media is failing us in exchange for ratings. Of course, no one can see what we see. The destruction will be unlike anything the world has ever seen. The more of us that survive, the better our chances. But now the group must carefully position in unison and unlock the way to the new fate. You must get others here or this will all be for nothing. We'll see."

#4. "The stars began to rain down. The future violence will [cling?] to safety in the cities. But they won't know what you and I know. Only then will it really be the beginning of the end. when they finally show themselves, and shock [was left?] of the old world, where we stand in the new hierarchy will be up to us and what we do today. This will be the final and the most challenging of all things that have come. We won't have time for anymore games after this... only the truth. ["54312" flashes onscreen] Now, the more we are in the same place at the same time, the more we will all see. We must organize before it's too late."

#5. "Haas' visions end here. What happens next is completely up to you. You've unlocked the keycode that will bring you reward for your dedication to our cause, then we'll first start to be of value August 1st, and you will only have 30 days to use it. Take note of this code. It will help you get your preparations underway for the new world which you are now a part of, whether you like it or not. But what role we play, and how you live or die is completely up to you. It begins August 1st. We will meet back here on that day."




After completing all of the tests, Van will give you a code to reenter on the website as of 8/01/07.




This alphabet should be used to decode many other guerilla/viral marketing websites such as http://www.ethanhaaswaswrong.com, which has also appeared on the web. This blog is dedicated to proving that Ethan Haas as well as his devout followers are wrong. Many other websites like this are spreading throughout the web and rely on their messages to be deciphered from the Ethan Haas alphabet.

If you view the Comments on http://www.ethanhaaswaswrong.com you will see: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
The above quote translates to "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu awaits dreaming."
Cthulhu is a fictional monster created by H.P. Lovecraft. R'lyeh is the underwater city that Cthulhu resides in that rises up to the surface in the story Call of Cthulhu (1928).The offspring of Cthulu are called Cthuli, which are also known as star-spawn.



On the IMDB.com message boards for the film, there is a topic called Join the Resistance found here: http://imdb.com/title/tt1060277/board/nest/79048874

This thread was made by an IMDB user named "MY_NAME_IS_VAN".
His user profile states the following information:
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/9818/picture2iu4.png

If you notice, MY_NAME_IS_VAN's account was created well before any public knowledge of this film. His website url is http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com . Also, his email address (not displayed in the profile but in the actual threads) is the same as the one displayed from http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com .

MY_NAME_IS_VAN continues to make more posts saying such things as:
“My name is Van. I have the writings of Ethan Haas here. I thought it was just some old story, but then it began to sound like he'd actually seen the future. Everything up to now has happened exactly as he said it would, and then there's his predictions of the future. So many people die...

You were able to find this message. You are one of us, so you must know what needs to be done. But to be sure, I have to test you. You need to find others and help us try to stop it. You must send them here to prove that they're one of us. I've already started but we're not strong enough yet. We only have until August 1st to recruit and prepare. Now trust Haas for the answer.”

And

“I registered just recently to relay this message. I have little time for taking breaks and resting, what with those monsters after us. I won't be able to take another stop to post here for maybe 24 hours. I'll keep you updated next time I can make it to a working computer console. This one is almost completely destroyed. Oh no, they're here... OK, I have to leave before they enter the building, I have to make it to the next marked destination. Keep this in mind, fellow members of the Resistance: "Evil Travels On Shifting Shadows" That's all I can say.. they're comi-“

And

“We have a name for our foe. After extensive and mind-bending (Ethan Haas pun NOT intended) research, we have a primitive knowledge of the language that the creatures speak. So far, the smaller monsters refer to their 'PARENT' as 'The Parasite'. We are still hard at work, trying to understand why a parasite is the herald of our doom. I still believe in Ethan Haas however, and though he himself is not amongst us, I believe that maybe all of humanity will join him soon. We've migrated further inland, scraps and rubble clutter the beaten path, slowing us down. The Parasite is nowhere to be seen. Mayb- HELP! OH MY GOD! RUN!”

In another post called Look to The Stars, MY_NAME_IS_VAN carefully bolded particular letters. The post is found here:
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/22/picture4wa3.png

The letters spell out V-G-I-R-I-L-M-A-R-K.



The Film itself has gone under many codenames since pre-production. The most public codename was ‘Cloverfield’, but the current codename is ‘Slusho’. Also, the project has been filming in both downtown Los Angeles as well as New York City.

The image from http://www.1-18-08.com and http://www.01-18-08.com found here: http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/5193/picture4xo7.png
Can be manipulated into this image:
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/5421/3f...f7fc9853cz4.jpg
This displays that the original image is not two girls, but one girl cut in half with one side reversed.
 

Papagolash

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Hi, and welcome to what Nine Inch Nails did for their amazing album Year Zero just earlier this year. Gotta love ARG's.


www.ninwiki.com
 

FellowTraveler

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JJ Abrams wrote into Aint It Cool and denied that there was a connection between his movie and the Ethan Haas thing. He has his own viral site at 1-18-08.com. Who knows if he is full of shit or not.
 

ruckstande

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JJ Abrams wrote into Aint It Cool and denied that there was a connection between his movie and the Ethan Haas thing. He has his own viral site at 1-18-08.com. Who knows if he is full of shit or not.
There isn't much on that site but it almost appears that the photo of the chick is actually the same girl split in half.
 

N.Y. Johnny

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This is some cool shit man. I just can't wait for this thing to come out and possibly see more of this.