‘Super 8’ Inspired by ‘Alien’, ‘E.T.’, and ‘Scanners’

Director J.J. Abrams also lists ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Slumber Party Massacre’, and ‘The Thing’ as inspirations for his new movie.

Director J.J. Abrams reveals the movies that inspired Super 8
Director J.J. Abrams reveals the movies that inspired Super 8
Director J.J. Abrams will release his new movie Super 8 in theaters on June 10, and one can easily tell that sci-fi movies from the l970s and 1980s served as inspiration for this genre tale. The director recently spoke about the movies which inspired Super 8, including Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jaws. Here's what the director had to say about growing up in 1979, the year Super 8 is set in, and how that impacted him.

"It's difficult to separate memories of being a kid in 1979 from the movies of the era. That was the year Alien came out, it was a couple of years after Close Encounters and Jaws, and then were movies a couple of years later, like Stand By Me, that were so impactful. There's a jumble of movies that I love, some of them the mainstream movies but also the gruesome horror movies that I loved so."

J.J. Abrams also listed The Thing, Scanners, Slumber Party Massacre, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as the movies which most inspired Super 8. The director spoke about the current trends in movie marketing, and how he misses the days where the audience knows little about a movie before seeing it.

"To me, all people need to know is that it's an adventure about a small town and it's funny, it's sweet, it's scary and there's a mystery: What is this thing that has escaped? What are the ramifications of its presence? And what is the effect on people?"

Click Here! to read the entire article, where J.J. Abrams elaborates on how each specific movie influenced Super 8.

Super 8 was released June 10th, 2011 and stars Joel Courtney, Jessica Tuck, Joel McKinnon Miller, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Comments (20)

  1. K.Guy

    not Cocoon?

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  2. Worth5Bucks

    i want to see the four of these i haven't seen before super 8 comes out

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  3. CelluloidDreams

    Very Cool!!! love all three (3) films!!! Can't wait for this film...and thank G_D it's not in 3-D!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  4. slysnide

    lolz. Scanners. :P

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  5. Dan

    @SomethingMore ? Why'd you put the same comment 3 times?

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. Spack

    Does he even have to say "This is inspired by E.T." at all? Spielberg is the producer of the movie, damn it! :D

    4 years agoby @spackFlag

  7. SomethingMore

    Super 8 highly anticipated movie.
    I hope it works for J.J!!!!

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  8. SomethingMore

    Super 8 highly anticipated movie.
    I hope it works for J.J!!

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  9. SomethingMore

    Super 8 highly anticipated movie.
    I hope it works for J.J

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  10. Diaigma

    We pretty much knew that already, right? At least I did :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. Masta_Chiefed

    Blah. Good to know he's a fan. Anyone who's seen any film he's worked on could attest to that.

    4 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  12. Ghostman

    Eeeek! I'm so excited!!!! Super 8 is going to rock!

    4 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  13. J.P.

    Well this just increased my excitement for this film.

    4 years agoby @jptheredskullFlag

  14. Timmy

    Scanners? awesome

    4 years agoby @timmyFlag

  15. Mka47

    breaking news!

    4 years agoby @mka47Flag

  16. CUPID


    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  17. K.Guy

    J.J., I promise that this will be one of those classics.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  18. thrashnasty190

    God I cant wait for this

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  19. ZanyZap

    Well, duh...
    Probably my most anticipated film of the summer.

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

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