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Offtopic: 1-18-08 is Cthulhu

This is definitely off topic, but you may have seen the preview that preceded Transformers. This teaser trailer left many wondering what this is. The only thing we know is that it comes out 1-18-08. If you haven't seen the preview you can check it out here>> 1-18-08

The movie is produced by J.J. Abrams from Lost and Alias fame, along with writter Drew Goddard. 1-18-08 is also being called Cloverfield/Slusho as the movie's codename.

The teaser trailer has offered up a few clues as to what this movie will be about. You have to watch the clip several times and pause it several times to catch a few of these clues.

At first glance, people may think this is a Godzilla remake, or War of the Worlds 2, upon further investigating some people thought this could be Voltron. During the clip there is some confusion when you can hear someone say: "It's alive!" or "It's a lion!" leaving those to believe this could be a Voltron movie, but this wouldn't quite make sense as the Statue of Liberty's head is flung across the street. Another rumor is that this could be based on the game from the 80s called Rampage, which is based on three monsters that destroy cities, but again, this seems like a far fetched rumor too.

The thought line is that this movie is based on a sea monster/creature, one other rumor is that this could be a movie based on Namor: The Submariner, a Marvel Comic, but there is no mention in the trailers credits.

This leaves us with the most likely thought that this movie is going to be based on H.P. Lovecraft's "Call of the Cthulhu" (pronounced Kathooloo) which came out in 1928. Another writer Robert Anton Wilson used Cthulhu Mythos and Zen Buddhism is his writings and he was born on 1-18-32 and cremated 1-18-07. Coincidence that the movies is coming out 1-18-08? perhaps, we'll see.

Let's take a look at the clues I've discovered in the teaser trailer. I may have missed some, but here are a few clues:

Sushi - in the beginning you'll see a party tray with sushi, fish, eel, and some other sea creatures, more for some sort of symbolism than anything else, creatures of the sea.

Buddha - In the same frame you'll see the small Buddha statues on the shelf, Zen Buddhism as related in some of Robert Anton Wilson's writings.

AKM - soon after you hear the first monster noise, you'll see a red paddle on the wall with the label "AKM" There are two thoughts on the AKM anogram: One being that it stands for the honor society frat Alpha Kappa Mu. Kappa meaning legendary creature and Mu has mythical historical value in this context. Mu is a mythical sunken continent similar to Atlantis, but the inhabintants of Mu worshipped the three son's of Cthulu, that's one link. The other thought is that AKM could be short for Arkham, a fictional city used by H.P. Lovecraft in several of his books.

Slusho - during the news report the guy turns around and the logo on the shirt is "Slusho!"When you visit the site, you'll see the relation of Slusho in this context. Mainly, it theme revolves around sea creatures. The only section on this site that has any information is the "history" section, key clue can be found by researching Noriko Yoshida

Statue of Liberty - the head of the Statue of Liberty is thrown across the city, suggests the creature/monster is coming from the ocean sea.

So far, the only official sites associated with this project are:
1-18-08.com
Slusho.jp

1-18-08 has three pics so far, which I haven't gained any solid clues, other than the time stamps on the pics could have some sort of biblical relation, who knows. 12:01,12:36 and 12:48 or 1+1+8+0+8=18 divisible by 3=6, 666.

Some other unconfirmed sites have popped, but some considered bogus by some:
ABZ3293
EthanHaasWasRight.com

What ever the outcome is, hopefully this movie is good, its garnering alot of chatter on the web, including myself. You can get engulfed in researching this stuff.

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