'Catfish' clips: A movie you'll be talking about

Sundance favorite Catfish, a self-described “reality thriller” that follows the online courtship of 24-year-old photographer Nev Schulman and a woman named Megan to a shocking conclusion, hits select theaters Sept. 17. If you haven’t heard about the documentary, watch the trailer below first, then hit the clips we’ve embedded. That way, you feel the proper mixed emotions as you watch filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Nev’s brother, film him falling for Megan. As fan Brett Ratner, who helped find it a buyer, said, “This is one of the most compelling films I’ve seen in years. Not only because of what an audience pleaser it is, but more so because of what a statement it makes. All I can say is it was jaw-dropping and I was so surprised by the way I felt watching it.” Let’s keep the comments spoiler-free (after all, the movie’s tagline is “Don’t let anyone tell you what it is”). But are you intrigued?

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  • will

    I will not be watching those clips as I am trying so hard not to know anything about this movie before I see it. The only reason I saw the trailer is because they played it before Piranha, and I had no choice.

    I’m skeptical about this film’s claim to be a documentary for some reason, but I’ll reserve judgment.

    • Kavad

      I agree Will! I desperately want to watch them but am trying not to!

  • jackjack

    I desperately want to know the ending and am intrigued/terrified of the “Best Hitchcockian ending Hitchcock never directed”

  • xoxojalal

    It looks really good, but is it a real documentary or is it like Paranormal Activity…

    • Jenny

      it’s a real documentary

  • LosAngeleno

    I saw this film a few days ago and as a film itself, it was very good – but the marketing of this film pulled a fast one on me (and the rest of the audience) because this is not what you expect it to be…AT ALL.

    • Leah

      Does thriller mean it’s supposed to be scary?? Like one of them goes psycho and tries to kill the other?? Should I be scared? :)

    • RC

      I heard that it was similar to THe Night Listener? I don’t want to know the details because I plan on seeing it, but is that rumor true?

  • PFunk

    I *hated* this movie. What a completely unlikable protagonist. Another fake documentary to get people talking.

  • Sean S.

    Very intrigued.

  • Winston

    The problem with this movie is that either it’s a complete fraud or the filmmakers are the scummiest people in Hollywood.

  • Solamente Dave

    Well, it looks VERY interesting. Not sure what the actual movie will be like, but these clips seem like it will be good.

  • Califaktress

    I just hope it doesn’t disappoint, like the media surrounding “The Blair Witch Project” did.

    • Mole

      I think the difference here is that a lot of people were confused and thought Blair Witch was a documentary, whereas this actually is a documentary. I watched the trailer and decided not to watch the remaining clips so I’ll be completely surprised.

  • yo

    can someone tell me where i CAN get spoilers? i’m one of those people that likes to know what’s going on ahead of time.

    • silverrose

      wikipedia has the spoliers.

  • Chris Price

    This movie is NOT a scary movie. DON’T go into it expecting Paranormal Activity or something like that. This is a Documentary that is mainly about what can happen when our lives further and further migrate from the physical to the virtual sphere. So many things in ALL of our lives have changed in the last 15 years. Sometimes we hear about a high school friend dying through a Facebook status update. We can see the front of someone’s home on Google Maps before we even meet them. Folks in Iran can organize a protest on election day even when all other forms of media are blacked out, because you can tweet from a cell phone.

    The story that unfolds in this film is a consequence of the world we now live in, for better or worse, and it is an important and ridiculously well made movie. But please do not expect some massacre or ghost story or something like that. Prepare to be blown away by something INCREDIBLY ORDINARY. I think the studio who put this movie out is seriously messing up the marketing. But who am I, right? I don’t get paid to do that kind of thing.

    • Jenny

      I like this analysis. I also think the advertising is slightly misleading. But very effective, they got me to go see it

  • Kavad Hummels

    I’d stay away from spoilers if I were you. I saw it last night and thought it was a great film. Too many people are saying it’s fake etc… why don’t you just watch it and form an opinion then? Word around the theatre last night was that Catfish is generating a lot of buzz here at TIFF (in Toronto).

  • Hannah

    I really really really liked this film. I do have mixed feelings on the trailer though; I remember when I initially watched it I was definitely intrigued and it was always number 1 in movies I wanted to see for months before I finally did get to see it BECAUSE of the trailer. But the trailer is ridiculously misleading because the trailer shows the approach to the barn being very suspensful, so when that scene came in the film, my heart was racing, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting, but when the very anti-climactic conclusion to that one scene came I was somewhat disappointed for the rest of it. However, I did heavily enjoy it otherwise and it is a very well done character study, and I was fascinated from start to finish. Don’t watch it with the mindset of it being a horror film, cause its not; there’s no murder, there’s no sick really dark scenes, its a thriller in the sense that there is twist after twist but not in a dramatic sense. just continous development.

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