Is District 9 the next Cloverfield?

source: traileraddict.com

The teaser trailer for the highly secretive Peter Jackson-produced thriller District 9 has officially debuted online.

I’m not going to lie to you – this is a strange one. District 9 is a documentary-style examination of illegal aliens in Africa. And when I say aliens, I mean aliens. Check it out, and let us know what you think.

http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/10661

The film is directed by South African Neill Blomkamp, who gained notoriety for being touted as the likely director of the long-gestating Halo film. His latest feature is based on his short film Alive in Joberg, which you can watch below.

I think the premise of District 9 is ingenious, and reminds me a lot of Max Brook’s book World War Z, which is a “factual” account of a Zombie invasion. Director Marc Forster has (very unwisely) been signed to bring World War Z to cinemas next year.

As much as I loved Cloverfield, I didn’t know whether there would be much steam left in the whole “realistically filmed invasion/horror film” genre. However, it looks like District 9 is playing with some interesting variations on that riff, and will definitely be one of the more intriguing pictures of the year.

District 9 opens October 15, 2009.

What are your thoughts on this trailer? Are you a fan of Cloverfield/Quarantine?

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