Super 8

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It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.



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User Ratings: 135,130
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In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. -- (C) Official Site


Kyle Chandler
as Jackson Lamb
Elle Fanning
as Alice Dainard
Joel Courtney
as Joe Lamb
Ron Eldard
as Louis Dainard
Zach Mills
as Preston
Amanda Michalka
as Jen Kaznyk
Jessica Tuck
as Mrs. Kaznyk
Andrew Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths
as Benji Kaznyk
Britt Flatmo
as Peg Kaznyk
Glynn Turman
as Dr. Woodward
Amanda Foreman
as Lydia Connors, Ch. 14 News Anchor
Brett Rice
as Sheriff Pruitt
Michael Giacchino
as Deputy Crawford
Jack Axelrod
as Mr. Blakely
Ben Gavin
as Deputy Milner
Jay Scully
as Deputy Skadden
Michael Hitchcock
as Deputy Rosko
James Hebert
as Deputy Tally
Teri Clark Linden
as Mrs. Babbit
Tom Quinn
as Mr. McCandless
Katherine Yerves
as Woman in Office
Caitriona Balfe
as Elizabeth Lamb
Koa Melvin
as Baby Joe
Tom Williams
as Flame Thrower
Bingo O'Malley
as Mr. Harkin
Tony Guma
as Sergeant Walters
Robert B. Quiroz
as Boy in EVAC
Jason Brooks
as Air Force Security
Tim Griffin
as Commando
Marco Sanchez
as Hernandez
Emerson Brooks
as Military Bus Driver
Jonathan Dixon
as Airman Nevil
Patrick St. Esprit
as Weapons Commander
Greg Grunberg
as Sitcom Actor
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  • Jan 20, 2019
    I kind of liked the making-a-movie-within-the-movie aspect of Super 8 a lot more than the chief plot with the monster and the train and the badman government and the blah blah blah. Which isn't ideal, but saying that obviously means I liked something about it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2017
    A great movie from J.J. Abrams that many people including me think it somehow connects to Cloverfield, The story takes a while to get going but when it does it's full of some great scenes and effects, It does take allot of plot points from other classic sci fi films but it still manages to feel fresh, I don't really like it when the main cast are children as it feels too unrealistic when they escape danger all the time when countless adults die instantly but apart from that it has some great effects and a few little twists that keep it entertaining, It deserves more credit but it will be one of those great films that will be forgotten in time unfortunately.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2017
    if you like dreamcatcher or the faculty then this is for you!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    JJ Abrams crafts the perfect blend of a throwback to a vintage summer blockbuster and a modern day sci-fi thriller.
    Sean T Super Reviewer

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