We all know that J.J. Abrams loves his mysteries and so far the biggest mystery surrounding his new alien invasion movie Super 8 -- apart from how jealous Dakota Fanning is that her baby sister Elle is working with folks like J.J. and Sofia Coppola while she's stuck in yet another Twilight movie -- is what the extra-terrestrial looks like. Abrams has played this game of "hide the alien monster" before, most notably in the 2008 Godzilla riff Cloverfield, which he produced. In that film, after spending the entire movie running away -- or, more often, dumbly running towards -- the unseen beastie, the remaining survivors at last come face to face with the creature and... it's about as scary as that big red Rambaldi ball from Alias. Here's hoping Abrams learned his lesson with Super 8 and devoted more time to designing a monstrous creature that's actually, y'know, monstrous. Moviegoers will find out for themselves this week, but in the meantime, here's a look back at previous alien invaders and whether they passed the fear test when we finally see them in all their horrible glory.
As of now, The Sistine Secrets is just a book. Not even a novel, but a non-fiction book that analyzes hidden messages left in the Sistine Chapel. However, given the fact that J.J. Abrams' next movie is based on a newspaper article about an apartment with a secret scavenger hunt in it, it seems a given that it will only be a matter of time before Sistine hops off of the page and onto the big screen. In fact, I'd love to see Abrams take a stab at directing it. People will eat that up given their love of The Da Vinci Code. The Vatican is sure to protest and deny access, given that they've already squashed any dreams that Code's sequel Angels and Demons had of shooting within their carefully guarded walls.