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The ‘Cloverfield’ Sequel Trailer Is Giving Us Low-Key ‘LOST’ Vibes

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UPDATE (2/7): A new 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer arrived just as the Super Bowl kicked off. Brace yourselves.

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It’s been almost eight years since Cloverfield, the J.J. Abrams-produced monster movie, hit theaters — but this morning (January 15) a trailer for a sort-of sequel has hit the web. The new movie stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr., and Abrams refers to it as a “blood relative” of the original. The clip above also serves up slight LOST Season 2 vibes.

Director Dan Trachtenberg helms the film (Matt Reeves directed the first) and 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t share the same handheld-camera documentary style of the original, which followed a group of friends as they made their way through New York City after a mysterious attack. The cast featured then-relative-unknowns Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller, and [SPOILER ALERT] we don’t anticipate any returning cast, as they were undone by the monster and the military.

Fans of Abrams’ LOST may get deja vu from the teaser clip, which uses oldie “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells as we meet the trio who appears to live in an underground bunker. It’s very Desmond in The Hatch, playing Petula Clarke’s “Make Your Own Kind of Music” when we meet him for the first time. Fortunately we already know that the Big Bad on the other side isn’t a bad CGI Smoke Monster…assuming it’s the same beast from Cloverfield.

Abrams told Collider in a statement, “The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

The plot as described on IMDB is a little LOST-y too, in a “who do you trust?” way that keeps you guessing about the character’s intentions: “Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.”

10 Cloverfield Lane premieres March 11, 2016. Watch the trailer above, and share your thoughts.

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