Four months later Joe’s friend Charles is making a zombie movie for a Super 8 film competition. He enlists Joe’s help along with friends Preston, Martin, and Cary, as well as Dainard’s daughter, Alice. Though their fathers would be furious, Joe and Alice become close.
While filming at a train depot at midnight, a train approaches and a pickup truck rams the train head-on, derailing it and destroying the depot. The children are separated in the chaos. Joe sees the door of a train wagon violently thrown off. The kids regroup and find crates of strange white cubes amid the wreckage before discovering the truck driver to be their biology teacher Dr. Woodward. Barely alive, he warns them at gunpoint to forget what they have seen. They flee as a convoy from the local Air Force base, led by Col. Nelec, arrives. Nelec finds an empty super 8 film box.
In the following days the town experiences strange events; the dogs run away, several townspeople go missing, the electrical power fluctuates, and electronic items are stolen. Deputy Lamb approaches Nelec but Nelec has him arrested and orders flamethrowers to start a wildfire as an excuse to evacuate the residents to the base. Joe and Charles watch their derailment footage and see that a large creature escaped the train. Nelec confronts Woodward in a military hospital for information about the creature, but when Woodward rebukes him, Nelec has him killed.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler
Runtime: 1h 52min
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 5 August 2011 (UK)