861 user 549 critic

Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 10 June 2011 (USA)
1:29 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.



1,548 ( 107)
11 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chronicle (2012)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
Star Trek (2009)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
District 9 (2009)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Transformers (2007)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Godzilla (2014)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Prometheus I (2012)
Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson
Zombieland (2009)
Adventure | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaznyk Twin
Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths ...
Benji Kaznyk
Peg Kaznyk


SPOILER: 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. Written by Official site

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It arrives.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acadia  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,451,168, 12 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


J.J. Abrams originally had two separate ideas for his follow-up to Mission: Impossible III (2006). One was a coming-of-age story, the other was an alien on the loose idea. It was much later in development that he actually had the idea to combine the two. See more »


While the neighborhood used in filming may have looked the same to locals as it did in 1979, there were actually far more analog television antennas mounted to roofs still in use during that era. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Kaznyk: I'm so worried for that boy.
Mr. Kaznyk: Joe's gonna be okay.
Mrs. Kaznyk: She was everything to him.
Mr. Kaznyk: Jack's gonna step up. He's a good man.
Mrs. Kaznyk: But he's never had to be a father before. I don't think he understands Joe.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits finish rolling and the Knack's My Sharona simultaneously finishes playing, a small piece of Michael Giacchino's score begins to play over a black screen and then end over the Paramount logo. See more »


Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »


My Sharona
Written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger
Performed by The Knack
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Super 8 Is Super For All
29 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Watch this if...you are looking for an entertaining sci-fi film that appeals to both kids and adults. Very engaging from start to finish and has something for everyone.

Acting/Casting: 8* - A extremely nice job of casting and acting from top to bottom. The actors do a great job (especially the kids) making their characters identifiable and believable. I was a huge fan of Riley Griffiths as the bossy kid in the bunch.

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 8* - As expected J.J. Abrams does a great job in directing and making the film visually stunning. You really have to admire his work in both departments and Super 8 is a perfect example of how to direct and make a good movie.

Plot/Characters: 7* - A fairly interesting plot that keeps you on your toes while you are trying to figure out what is going on. It is your typical coming of age flick with a heavy sci-fi theme thrown in, but it does both of these things really well.

Entertainment Value: 7* - Overall an entertaining movie that I would highly recommend to anyone that asked my opinion. It has a great blend of suspense, comedy, action, and drama that makes it very appealing to almost anyone. I would watch again and will likely purchase in the near future.

My Score: 8+8+7+7 = 30/4 = 7.5

Email your thoughts to filmwatchinfool@gmail.com

32 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 861 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

15 Most Bingeable TV Shows

"The IMDb Show" presents the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time, featuring "Rick and Morty," "The Office," and "Lost."

Watch now