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You know how I do.

you bet I spent the night searching for Super 8 easter eggs.

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 12•11

I saw a Facebook post about how they loved the Jack/Locke easter egg in Super 8.  I must’ve missed that though I did catch the number 47 in the credits.  In Alias, 47 would pop up everywhere; it also made some appearances in Fringe as well – in fact, in season 2, episode 5 that Jay & I watched last night, it popped up.  I know J.J. Abrams has other things he’s known for slipping in each of his works, like the “Slusho” drink that’s in Alias, Cloverfield, and Star Trek.  Sooo rather than clean, start making dinner, and work on the 4 other blog post ideas I’ve got listed on the “Stickies” app on my desktop, I figured I would spend some time on Google and compile all the fun little J.J. Abrams easter eggs that appear in Super 8.  It’s way more fun anyway ;)

I’ll list them after the jump if you’re reading this on the main page of the site just in case you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to be spoiled on anything at all.  If you’re reading this from a direct link, then I guess stop reading now or don’t complain.  I’ll try to stay plot-spoiler free though.  So ready, set, jump!

Easter Eggs in Super 8, as found by other sharp eyes:

  • 47 – Building 47, the mysterious building referenced in the zombie movie-within-the-movie.  See above for where else you can find it in the J.J.A. universe. [Source]
  • Slusho – Fictional Slurpee-type drink that was a part of the marketing campaign for Cloverfield and also appeared in Alias and Star Trek.  In Super 8, it shows up during the gas station scene. [Source]
  • Kelvin – The name Kelvin is the name of the gas station scene in the movie.  As for previous JJA cameos, obviously, we have the character Kelvin from Lost.  There’s also Kelvin Genetics in Fringe, a letter to H. Kelvin in Mission Impossible 3, and the Kelvin ship in the star fleet in Star Trek.  The name is in homage to JJA’s grandfather. [Source]
  • Leonard Nimoy Cameo – I have no idea where he appeared in the film, but JJA said in an interview, “Leonard Nimoy is in the movie somewhere if you can find him.” I’m guessing an episode of Star Trek was playing on a TV somewhere but I missed it!  Let me know if you saw it.  [Source]
  • Rocket Poppeteers – The Slusho of the Super 8 marketing campaign, this fictional ice cream company pops up on a billboard in the season 3 finale of Fringe. [Source]

Those are all I could find after looking for the past few hours.  I know that there must be more, so let me know if any of them pop up.  I love this kind of stuff!

UPDATE: The two Lost easter eggs in Super 8 that I missed were “James LOCKE Jewelers” [Thanks Carol] and the fact that one of the main freaking characters was named Jackson Lamb aka JACK LAMB aka Lamb = what a shepherd herds.  WOW. Go me for just realizing that.

Also, thanks queequeg for point out that the Leonard Nimoy “cameo” in Super 8 was the name Nimoy appearing on a can one of the characters holds in the home video.  If we see it again, I’ll be on the look out for it!

UPDATE #2:

  • Bruce Greenwood aka Captain Pike in Star Trek did his best Andy Serkis as the man behind the movements for the alien in the film.  [Source]
  • Operation Walking Distance gets its name from the title of J.J. Abrams favorite episode of The Twilight Zone.  In the movie, it is the government code name for the alien project. [Source]
  • Greg Grunberg, who appears in every J.J. Abrams work as his “lucky charm”  this time played the part of an actor on a television show that’s playing in the background of one of the scenes.  Grunberg was Weiss on Alias and the pilot on Lost. [Source]
  • Thank you to my dear friends at Media Junkyard for this one:  The name of the town the movie is set in is Lillian, which is also the name of JJA’s grandmother.
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  • Will

    I saw Michael Giacchino in the credits, but I didn’t recognize him in the movie.

  • queequeg

    i believe his name is on a can that joe lamb is holding in the home video. says nimoy. i think thats what i saw. ive seen it twice. also the magazine charles gives to joe says super 8 films.

  • Carol L.

    James Locke was on of the names of the stores in the final scene. I missed it too.

    • http://www.collwrites.com Colleen

      Yeah and I JUST got the fact that Kyle Chandler’s character was JACK LAMB aka Jack + what Shepherds herd.

  • Kesanso

    There’s one scene where were two main characters are driving in a jeep and you know it was shot in the studio because you can see a static burlap background through the back of the jeep- two times! nice production values J.J. That is no Easter egg.

  • Melanie

    Actress Amanda Foreman who was in Alias, as well as Star Trek and Felicity played a news anchor reporting on the crash in one scene of Super 8

  • Laura

    Nimoy is seen on a TV in Charles’ house in an episode of In Search Of. Just caught it out of the corner of my eye!

  • Kelvin

    “Kelvin” is also a type of Super 8 projector

    http://www.troysvintagevideo.741.com/kelvinprojector.html

    • http://www.collwrites.com Colleen

      @Laura – Nice catch! I was wondering where he was.

      @Melanie – I completely forgot about Amanda Foreman. Thanks!

      @Kelvin – Did you see the Super 8 projector app on iTunes? It was free for a little while, now it’s $.99. It’s fun to play around with.

  • Melissa

    Felicity also lived in Kelvin Hall her freshman year.

  • Steven M. Locke

    The James Locke Jeweler sign was actually borrowed from my Family’s (Great Uncle[rest his soul]) Jewelry store, about 20 miles north and across the river from where some of the movie (Super 8) was filmed. I had no idea that there was any significance to it. Mebbe i should be come a bigger Abrams fan.

  • sylv1ain

    Another one is a book called Armageddon on a book shelf in the Lamb’s office in his house. It appears when he fights with his son about Alice.
    J.J.A coloborated in Armageddon movies in 1998.

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  • Angelo

    I picked up the blu ray of Super 8 the other day. I am pretty sure that Leonard Nimoy appears on a television from his program “In Search of…” check it out.

  • Marc

    Great stuff. It’s probably been mentioned already but isn’t “JAMES” Sawyer’s name? That would be a double homage via that jewelery shop.

  • Marc

    Oh, and what about Romero Chemical, the company that causes the zombies. Homage to George, perhaps? Not a direct link I guess but it probably falls in the easter egg category.

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