Matt Reeves Recalls Cloverfield Scaring the Hell Out of Steven Spielberg

By | January 14, 2023

During a recent interview with ComingSoon, Cloverfield and The Batman director Matt Reeves revealed that Steven Spielberg was quite impressed with Reeves’ found footage monster movie, which is receiving a limited edition 15th-anniversary 4K UHD and Blu-ray Steelbook release.

While talking about the movie’s impact, Reeves discussed meeting Steven Spielberg and mentioned that the visionary cinema legend was spooked by the 2008 movie.

“Bryan Burk called me from the set of Star Trek, where [Spielberg] was sitting down with J.J. and the writers and Bryan and he was saying, ‘Oh hey, where’s the director of Cloverfield? I want to talk to him,’” Reeves revealed. “So Bryan was like, ‘You better come over to Paramount right now. Spielberg is asking where you are.’ I was like, ‘Oh! Okay!’

“So I went over there and I’m just sitting there and then he turned to me and after he’s talking, he was giving them a lot of input on the script and stuff and he was really lovely. Then he turned to me, he goes, ‘Wait, so you directed Cloverfield?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘You scared the hell out of me.’ And I was like, ‘Oh.’ That was awesome. There was no higher compliment I could get than that. I scared Steven Spielberg. That was cool.”

Cloverfield was released in 2008 and is a found footage monster movie that revolves around a group of friends that must survive a massive monster attack in New York. It would be followed by 10 Cloverfield Lane in 2016 and The Cloverfield Paradox in 2018.