spacetime coordinates: small town in southwest Ohio, summer of 1979
Super 8 is a 2011 American science-fiction thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler and tells the story of a group of young teenagers who are filming their own Super 8 movie when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town.
. The film was well received, with critics praising the film for its nostalgic elements, visual effects, musical score, and for the performances of its young actors, particularly those of Fanning and newcomer Courtney, while also being heavily compared to films like like E.T., Stand by Me, and The Goonies.