See 5 Minutes of Cloverfield

Shrouded in secrecy for many months, the eagerly awaited giant monster movie from Lost creator J.J. Abrams is getting more exposure on the web. Abrams has released this five-minute scene from Cloverfield, which shows only a brief glimpse of part of the creature passing between two buildings, but offers some other nice vfx work, including the severed head of the Statue of Liberty flying through the air and landing on a city street.

Cloverfield is producer Abram’s post-9-11 take on the rampaging monster genre popularized by films like Godzilla, King Kong and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Seeing buildings crumble and clouds of debris racing through the city streets may hit a bit too close to home for many New Yorkers, especially with the films’ ‘captured on home video’ approach. Still, the film is generating positive buzz in advance of its Jan. 18 release.

Television director Matt Reeves (Felicity) directed Cloverfield from a script by Drew Goddard (Alias, Lost). Effects were created by Phil Tippett Studio, which as also been busy at work on the recently released The Golden Compass and the upcoming kid lit adaptation The Spiderwick Chronicles.