Like Cloverfield, Lost or really anything J.J. Abrams has ever produced, directed or taken a shit near, the details of his upcoming Super 8 have been zealously guarded like the innerworkings of a cult. A few months back we got a teaser involving a trainwreck, but even the accident’s mere relevance to the plot was one big question mark. Not so anymore. Abrams, with a little prodding from producer Steven Spielberg, has finally opened up, giving The Los Angeles Times, story and plot details. This may actually prove wise. I was only moderately interested before, and now I’m very on board.

First, as some have speculated, the title refers to the line of Super 8 film Kodak produced starting in 1965. That may not seem relevant now, but back in the day, the equipment was standard for anyone serious about working behind a camera. As far as the story itself, Super 8 will be set in Ohio in 1979. It’ll follow a group of friends pooling their resources to make a zombie movie. One night on set, the aforementioned train crashes, unleashing an inhuman beast.

The Los Angeles Times reportedly got to see about a thirty minute cut, and they’re describing it as a bit of an X-Files meets Stand By Me vibe. They also brought up The Goonies and Fringe, but frankly, I’m more excited with a blending of those two films.

It’s very clear from director J.J. Abrams’ words that he’s still very skeptical about releasing even this much information, but as he says, “ I feel we need a little bit of a coming-out party because we are up against massive franchises and brands and most people don’t know what Super 8 means.”

We’ll keep you updated once we get more information and the Super Bowl spots come online.

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