Super 8 Trailer Analysis

It didn't take long for those guys over at unfiction to rip this new HD trailer to shreds to see what they could find. And seeing as how there's a lot of information flying around now I'm going to try to keep all analysis of the trailer to one post, this one. Hopefully it doesn't get too long and drawn out, but I know I'm not the only one that doesn't want all this information spread out into multiple posts, so here we go.

First I want to start off with the screenshot at the top of the post, this is the debris field after the train has crashed. There are a few interesting things to note here, the first being the numbers/letters on the box on the left. rempas over at unfiction blew up the lettering for us so we could read it and they believe it says "AN/TTQ-1" which is:

AN/TTQ-1. (Army Navy/Transportable Tracing Equipment) from surplus stock. It was a portable equipment for air defense centers, used during World War II as the basic elements of the prominent mobile search command centers. It was then field-rate and robust built using particular equipment crates.

The second set of numbers appears on the bent pole on the right side of the screenshot. Those are a lot harder to make out and to me it looks like 21470?4 (the ? meaning I can't make it out, not that it's a question mark). Not sure what those numbers mean or if they mean anything at all.

This next shot is of the box car containing the creature that is trying to escape. What's interesting here is that it says "Bonham" on the lower left side. There were a few things I could find regarding a "Bonham" and the Air Force. One is a Missile Range Facility located in Hawaii (source) and the other is a town in Texas (Thanks AzureWolf and kosmopol for this information). The base in Hawaii was turned over to the Navy in 1964, well before our 1979 timeline for the trailer and it was located in Hawaii, so I'm not sure there's much of a connection there. However, the city of Bonham, TX is located right near Perrin Air Force Base, but it was closed in 1971 so I'm not really sure where to go from here.

And finally we have a nice clear shot of the license plate of our train crashing truck. The license plate appears to be an Ohio plate with the numbers "E 6425K". Seeing as how it's an Ohio plate this could mean that our train crash took place on the last leg of it's journey from Area 51 to Ohio. AzureWolf over at unfiction figured out this little bit of information from here:

"These baseplates were used from the end of 1975 through the end of 1980. These were the last Ohio plates to use the complex numbering system and county codes that had been in place since the mid-30's."

The black stub in the corner is the separate month and year sticker which they began issuing in 1980.

And Degravedi chimed in with a possible county for the plates: Summit, based on the formatting of county codes over here.

Also, the radio transmissions heard at the beginning of the trailer were deciphered by Wesley in the comments earlier (and Steve a little later) to say:

“Groom Lake One, Wright-Patt (something) [SITREP?] ETA. Over.”
“Wright-Patt, Groom Lake One actual. Cargo intact, ETA on schedule.”
“Copy Groom Lake One, expect your..OH MY GOD.”

Wright-Patt refers to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which is apparently where this train was headed. Groom Lake One is apparently the code name of the train. And Groom Lake is actually located near the Area 51 base which isn't much of a surprise since that's where the train is coming from. And SITREP stands for "Situation Report".

James B. sent over the screenshot above and outlined what looks like a PDP-11 Computer Terminal, which is the computer that we are remotely accessing on the scariestthingieversaw.com website. If you look at google images you'll see that the full PDP-11 looks like it has a huge computing unit that is also part of it, but there is also a separate terminal with keyboard that resembles what we see in the picture above. There could also be another computer in the foreground on the right, looks to be the same type of computer, whether they are the PDP-11 or not...

So I'm really not sure what to make of all of this right now, they could be clues or they could just be insane attention to detail, which we all know J.J. Abrams is known for.

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82 Responses to “Super 8 Trailer Analysis”

  1. Steve says:

    At the beginning. The military like communications seems to say “Groom Lake 1. Wright-Pat. SITREP. ETA. OVER.

  2. Eliss says:

    Well, 2147014 is the patent number for a double decker freight car. Possible conincidence.

  3. Avan says:

    look at the trailer and pause it at 37,1:03, and actually many other times, (still figuring out) there are additional pics. Kinda creepy, iono if it means anything though. Worth a post though….

  4. TomN says:

    Hmm, The trailer says that the military are transporting something from area51 to ohio and that seems to be all that is indicated by your analysis, what am I missing?

  5. Tibby says:

    As to what you said Avan if you look through the trailer there is tons of teasers and stuff. Much of which i think is put there so someone with lots of time and try to put it into _ _______.com and find something new. The images we are seeing I think come from aliens and weird pictures that have already been publish. For example the alien face looks like aliens called greys and if you google pictures you can find one that looks like the one in the trailer. I think maybe there were put there just to give the trailer a more eerie feel and maybe have nothing to do with the aliens or whatever we may see in the final movie.

  6. Matt says:

    That’s a 6 dude. 2147064 for sure.

  7. Bunzenbee says:

    I dont know if anyone has noticed this but i kind of thought the the blue-ish transitions from clip to clip looked like x-rays a little bit.
    http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?mode=attach&id=21087

    someones gif. i found.

  8. Devishguy says:

    @ lookwhatifound
    http://i41.tinypic.com/10f3s6x.jpg
    If you click the link I attached, I found another observation that the object on the left seems to be the bottom of a box car cause I can seriously identify the wheels of the box car. But thats all im noticing now.

  9. Side_Effect says:

    Hi,

    I did some research on the numbers on the pole. I suggested that the correct numbers are: 21470.44.

    I typed it into google and the first hit was: Monthly Energy Review.

    Downloaded the excel file and looked at it. What I found was that during May, 1979 the total petroleum use to generate energy in the US was 21470.44 (Million Kilowatthours).

    It’s true that this fact is possibly just a coincidence BUT, I immidiatly linked it to an article I found about Dan Morrison in which he stated:

    “UFOs are both extraterrestrial and manmade….Even back in Tesla’s time, we had free energy. It’s not that our government doesn’t want us to know that there are other people on other planets. What they don’t want us to know is that this free energy is available to everybody. That’s the greatest secret.”

    So, it might have something to do with energy supply and gathering energy using Alien engeneering.

    Both links here:

    http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftonto.eia.doe.gov%2Fmerquery%2Fmer_data.asp%3Ftable%3DT07.02a&rct=j&q=21470.44&ei=B3bqS7fUBoPz_AbjlpmHAg&usg=AFQjCNHwOiFdGDLWxzKcBvn5o6N_Veqqdw

    http://www.wanttoknow.info/ufocover-up10pg#morris

  10. Xandega says:

    take a look. i found this. i don’t know if this is legit or not.

    http://s787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/xandega/?action=view&current=Picture1.png

  11. Ryan says:

    I think that we are all getting way to distracted by the crazy blue flashes between scenes of the trailer. I watched the trailer frame by frame and there are like 10 different shots of the blue images. To say they are images of the alien in the train is crazy!! JJ would not let a huge secret like that out on the first trailer. When you look at them all closely you can see rectangular holes on the siders of the screen. Like you would see on a role of film. Not knowing much about old school film I would guess that it is suppose to be like the film burning or something like that. Just saying that Im sure there are other things in the trailer that might be getting miss cus all we care about are the dumb blue things.

  12. Alan says:

    Welp, after doing a lil bit in photoshop (not much, cuz i dotn have many skillz in photo shop) but i brightend the image with the numbers in it, and i think i see

    21470.C4
    2147aC4
    21470.L4

    Just what i see in da images.

  13. iLexxx says:

    I’m looking teaser frame by frame and found this in two places:
    http://i39.tinypic.com/2uxv8zc.jpg

    I’m not sure that it will help, but with J. J. anything can not be sure.

    And still: only I thought that blue flashes are kind like the view from the eye? As if we show that the creature seen inside the car?

    P. S.: Sorry for terrible english…

  14. Zodiac says:

    I thought of something interesting. I think maybe JJ is lying (this is based on a conspiracy theory, right? Or maybe, he’s just having fun.) and this is in fact somehow Cloverfield related. Remember in Cloverfield the whole ‘it’s alive’ thing? We never found out what that meant, even know 2 years after Cloverfield we still don’t know what it is! Plus, in the communications you hear “OH MY GOD” like what Hud said from Cloverfield, and actually, interestingly enough, Hud was the one who said ‘it’s alive.’

    I wanted to say that maybe Hud had ties or even worked with the government, but that would mean Cloverfield is 29 years after Super 8, and Hud does not look like a 30-40 year old to me.

    What do you think admin?

  15. K says:

    im with you admin. i think its 21+70.64. Maybe some kind of postal code or railroad track identification number.

  16. Steve Fratty says:

    Zodiac… Hud said “It’s alive” meaning it was a living thing attacking the city, as he saw on his camera, not terrorists etc.

    I don’t think the characters in Cloverfield where even 30, perhaps approaching it though.

  17. Falz says:

    Zodiac:
    I don’t think HUD has anything to do with it. Wrong place wrong time (poor bastard). I DO however thing that the Cloverfield monster could be 29 years old. Imagine breaking out of that train, going underground (or water), only to re-emerge years later to step of stuff in a giant city.

    Perhaps Clover just wanted to see how the East Village had changed…we may never know. I just really hope these movies are related.

  18. Zodiac says:

    Steve…

    Maybe. When I remember that whole “It’s alive” thing, I immediately thought of the him referring to an Alien or something else he thought was dead. I know the Cloverfield monster isn’t big enough to fit in a train, and like I said, JJ could be lying, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it didn’t make sense. Still, you never know with him.

  19. Adam says:

    Between :14 and :15, you definitely see an alien just before the first title. Not sure of frame number.

  20. Adam says:

    Frame 354. Baby alien?

  21. Auun says:

    Zodiac..
    IMDB.com has Super 8 and “Unnamed Cloverfield sequel” as two separate movies in the database. It’s clear that Super 8 doesn’t have anything in common with Cloverfield.

  22. Steve says:

    Okay, so if you go to http://www.scariestthingieversaw.com and click the square in the upper right corner, the terminal gets smaller and if you then move it around there is a window to print something. When you do that the print out says:

    “Stop posting publicly. I can answer your questions.
    I have proof.

    >>>>”

    There are other icons that do not appear to do anything.

  23. Ryan says:

    “it has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield, despite your expert reporting.”

    this is a quote from JJ from NY Mag.

    Just wanted to clear the air that this story is 100% separate from Cloverfield. Although it would be cool if the sequel to Cloverfield is more of a prequel that explains where the monster came from.

  24. Steve says:

    Yea, sorry. Just catching up on your site.

  25. Steve Fratty says:

    I had a thought, though the “it” arrives puts me off… but what if there’s more than one alien/thing inside the cart?

  26. Steve says:

    You should probably put up a post for analysis of the scariestthingieversaw.com site.

  27. Mason says:

    Possible phone # from scariestthingieversaw,com, 895-5655. the way it appears on the site is 8955655 DD almost right after it says right after Press Any Key To Continue.. Don’t have my phone with me right now and kicking myself for it. Anyone want to check it out??

    • admin says:

      If it is a phone number we’d still need an area code… 702 is a nevada area code near area 51 and 937 is Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases area code… I’m not really sure it’s a phone number though, but can’t hurt to try.

      if you google 702-895-5655 it looks like it might be a number on UNLV’s campus… like I said, I don’t think it’s a phone number.

  28. Zodiac says:

    Admin, have you been to the super8-movie site? Do you think those letters that flash across the screen (not on the reel like Scariest Thing I Ever Saw) mean anything?

  29. J.A. says:

    Just to share my thoughts, I still think, deeply somewhere in my head, thats its related to Cloverfield. At the last video from Cloverfield, about Rob and Lily, you saw a object falling in the sea. What if that was an Airplane from the US Airforce.

  30. Steve Fratty says:

    J.A. , the object falling into the ocean at the end of Cloverfield was a broken piece of a tagruato satellite. J.J. has stated this.

    Lets move on from Cloverfield for now, this ain’t related no matter how much people may want it to be.

  31. Joe says:

    Hey, just thinking… could those numbers be an ip address? 214.70.44 just done a quick check and its a US ip, maybe someone else with a little more know how could find out some more?

  32. Joe says:

    another note, type the numbers in to google maps with spacings like so 214 07 44 and it brings up a few places, two of which are in ohio; alliance and paris. Not sure if they have any relevance to anything…

  33. iSee says:

    I’m with Admin and K , looks like it is 21+70.64

    21 latitude
    +70.64 longitude

    which is the Gir National Park in India, remember the India sequence from Close Encounters Of The First Kind?

  34. Brett says:

    The numbers are on a pole holding the wires. It has nothing to do with the train. There might be clue in there but it could also have to do with the location. Maybe it’s codes to where they are.

  35. iSee says:

    doesn’t look like the pole in the background though, looks square and metallic, wires run behind it, piece of railroad?

  36. Asker says:

    I’ve noticed something that I don’t think have been mentioned before. If you look at the “bolts” or whatever at the door, they seem to be flying off without reason. Maybe the creature generates some kind of magnetic field?

  37. Ryan says:

    I agree with iSee. The pole is def a piece of the railroad. The number on it could of been used as an identification number in the construction of the railroad; long before the train ruined it. If this is true the location of the train at the moment of the crash would be revealed. But information like that does not seem relevant to me. But what does seem relevant is that we would know where in the US the monster is for the movie, or at least the beginning of the movie. But I have know idea how one would ever find the information needed to unveil the location via the identification number. IF that is truly the reason for the number existence!! Omg this stuff is crazy!! Thank you JJ for making the movie experience so much more than “just a movie.”

  38. Ryan says:

    Asker: I totally agree with you! I watched the trailer again (by again I mean like the hundredth time) and i was thinking the same thing during the scene of the door! That could explain the reason the wheel is spinning out of control! We all know JJ likes messing with magnetics from LOST.

  39. Fred says:

    I found that the cut scenes ( flashes ) during the trailer have images in them. not just the boy at the end. when the train passes clearly you can see the image of a large eyed “alien”. its hard to pause on it but after a couple of times i got a screen capture. I guess that works with the area 51 story line.

  40. Chris says:

    Okay, so I just checked back to the scariestthingieversaw.com site today, and it’s finished downloading the bytes. Once you get through that process it tells you to type in one of the following commands, being EXECUTE, PRINT, REENTER, etc… The only command that seems to work is REENTER when you type in (.REENTER). It takes you to another screen that comes up with another Y/N question saying, “MOUNT Y/N?” Then, after typing Y, goes on to ask, “DEVICE?”

    Has anyone figured out what device it could be talking about?

  41. Alan says:

    As far as i kno, We have not found out what to do at the Device area. People have found that, after the timer is done, and you type .Print (1 of the documents) it will print out a newspaper clipping about Rocket Poppeteers (2 pages), and it has a message from someone saying something (its listed on this sight somewhere, cant find it atm) People found a sight called RocketPoppeteers.com (which is currently unable to load past the first page, because it is down atm) Tommarow is Cooper’s Flight annivercery, and he is mentioned on the Rocket Poppeteers news paper clipping, some people also think the RocketPoppeteers.com sight will load some more useful information tomarrow during Cooper’s annevercery. Thats all i know atm, hopefully we can get more info on this Rocket Poppeteers business.

  42. Southermagu says:

    I don’t know if anyone has pointed this out anywhere else, but has anyone commented on the ridiculous amount of carnage caused by a simple pick up truck?

    There’s definitely more going on with the pick up than just getting in the way of the train. I’ve seen trains slam into semi trucks and NOT derail or have an explosion.

    Also, the wheel on the door of the train car is spinning the entire time that the door is being bashed out. It is spinning counter clockwise which, unless I’m grossly mistaken, is how one would open the door on the car.

    And finally, Super8 is an ambiguous name much like Cloverfield. I’d be willing to bet that the title has NOTHING to do with a camera and is, instead, a reference to the whatever is escaping the train car.

    Based on the extremely limited amount of information we have to work with, I can see that Super8 is actually Super #8 and is the result of something along the lines of a Super Soldier experiment. Pretty clearly also dealing with aliens as well.

  43. Codie Collins says:

    Hey i found more numbers! Pause the teaser trailer from apple at exactly 43 seconds! On the side of the wrecking train there are numbers. I cannot zoom in clearly to read them. There is also something in the smoke on the cart laying down to the left! Hope this helps!

  44. Jason says:

    I really think its 21+70.54 could be 21+70.64 but theres really no good completion of the 6. also looks like theres another plus on top…
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/ember/UhSnYJDGeEwVIi645Vhnm9b5k6cdgtdC_o.png

    I don’t think this piece is a part of the railroad track because they arent’ usually stray painted like that but stamped/embossed with their identifier.

  45. Nick B says:

    The only military facility in Ohio is the Wright-Patterson Airforce base. Wonder what’s in Ohio?

  46. Dave says:

    There a few things that I am noticing about the trailer I think it has been pointed out but i’d like to clearfy.

    First is the truck is being chased by something. Not to many people go bailing down railroad at a train and second if you watch the impact there are two impacts. The one with the truck and the train and a much greater impact train and something else…

    As it has been point out before a truck could hardly derail a train.

    Second in reguards to the wreckage sceen I was thinking the numbers on the pole are more like a reflection of some type and not numbers on the pole.

    My inital thoughts are that its some type of reflection of the monitor on the ground coming from the scattered computers. Which made me think of the “Device” on the website. This was a long shot and it had the same amount of numbers as the volume that is accessed on the site.

    8955655DD XST a3 FILE LIBRARY

    Like I said this is a long shot but thought might be worth thinking about.

    Lastly, in the last shot of the trailer whatever is trying to get out of the train … i also get the feeling that something is trying to get into the train hence the wheel turning in an attempt to open the train door.

    So, maybe something is trying to retrieve what is being transport from area 51….

  47. daniel sharpe says:

    ERRRR DID ANYONE STOP TO THINK “YES” SOMEONE WOULD GO SHOOTING DOWN A RAIL ROAD TRACK , IF THERE WAS SOMETHING OF EXTREME HAZARD AND A DANGER TO PPL LOCKED IN A TRAIN CARRAGE OR WHATEVER” , THE MAN YES THE MAN DRIVING THE TRUCK WAS TRYING TO STOP THE TRAIN……UNLIKE SOME NUTTER THAT BELIEVES ITS TO DO WITH TELEPATHY , HAHAHAHA THE CAR IS DRIVING ITSELF, I SUGGEST YOU TURN YOUR SPECS UP TO A GREATER SETTING AND LOOK AT THE DRIVER!!!!! TURNING THE WHEEL COME ON BEING CHASED !!! IM SURE WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT CANT WE , YES IM IN A BIG TRUCK IN A WIDE OPEN AREA ” I KNOW TO ESCAPE I WONT TURN LEFT, RIGHT ” WHERE THERES MILES OF DESERT, NO IF I AM TO ESCAPE THE BEAST , I SHALL DRIVE DIRECTLY INTO A TRAIN , IM SURE TO LOOSE IT THAT WAY!!!! OH DEAR THATS AS BAD AS ” ITS A LION ITS HUGE FROM CLOVER TRAILER “HAHA , NO ITS PLAIN AND SIMPLE JUST LIKE THE CLOVERFEILD TRAILER , IT SHOWS YOU EXACTLY WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT ” SOMETHING IN AIRFORCE TRAIN , GUY KNOWS , GUY DRIVES TRUCK INTO TRAIN TO TRY AND KILL IT , EPIC FAIL” CREATURE ESCAPES…….. THATS AS SIMPLE AS IT IS , SO STOP COMING UP WITH WACKY THEORYS KEEP THEM FOR YOUR OWN MOVIE AND LOOK AT FACTS. PS ALSO IF ANYONE BOTHERED TO READ ABOUT THE FILM THEY WOULD FIND NOT ONE REEL HAS BEEN FILMED YET AS THE TRAILER HAS BEEN SHOT INDEPENDENTLY OF THE FILM ITSELF” SOOOOOOO THIS WILL BE THE ENDING TO THE FILM ITSELF , OR NOT IN THE FILM AT ALL” AND THIS SCEENE WILL BE SHOT FROM A DIFFRENT PERSPECTIVE , NOT A THOUGHT A FACT!.

  48. daniel sharpe says:

    ANYONE STOPED TO THINK SUPER 8 IS THE NAME OF THE CREATURE ALSO” AS OPPOSE A CAMERA IF YOU WATCH NEAR THE END OF THE TRAILER YOU WILL SEE THE ROTATING DOOR HANDLE THATS ONE HAND PLUS 7 SMASHES ALL AT DIFFRENT PLACES ON THE TRAIN DOOR 8 ARMS LOL HEY ITS A THEORY” OR MAYBE THE SUPER 8 ARE THE CHILDREN WITH THE CAMERA ….SOMETHING GOES WRONG …. SUPER 8.

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