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Second Vanishing on 7th Street trailer contains hidden message

VanishingOn7thStreet.jpgWhile looking at the Arthur Christmas trailer I caught a brand new trailer for Vanishing on 7th Street, the new film from Brad Anderson that sees the entire city of Detroit plunged into a massive power outage where almost the entire city's population disappear barring a few survivors who are left confused, frightened and hunted by the darkness.

The idea sounds interesting and reminds you of stories and films such as Stephen King's The Langoliers, but from Anderson and starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo, you'd be expecting a lot more from the film.

It does sound an interesting idea, and the first trailer was okay, but nothing spectacular, it was more the information around it that intrigued. Hayden Christensen revealed something in the press pack when he said:

“...existential examination of what it means to exist.”

While John Leguizamo said:

”...all the stuff we talk about the anti-matter and smashing particles in CERN in Geneva are all really happening. People are picketing over there and they're afraid they're going to create small black holes but they might create one that's too big and might swallow the entire planet...”

Which made me think of The Langoliers even more and the idea that the world, or just matter, was being eaten up by something like anti-matter. Where it goes from there is anyone's guess, or perhaps it's just simply the story of the survivors fighting against odds they can never beat?

Here's the blurb for Vanishing on 7th Street:

When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. The entire city's population has vanished into thin air, leaving behind heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe.

You can see the trailer below and the previous trailer right here on Filmstalker. Together they give a good picture of the story, and while you might have thought, like me, that the film might have something more of a scientific explanation, that seems to be totally gone with the new trailer, just look at the way the darkness moves in on people and the numerous figures in the darkness.

This is definitely a trailer to be watched in high definition so you can pause on some of those moments. You can see the new trailer over at Yahoo Movies in HD, or below.

A quick slow step through the trailer shows at 1:27 us the word CROATOAN scrawled on a wall, and following that brings us a few pieces of information on what that could be.

From croatoan.net we find nothing else but this:

Croatoan: Croatoan, unexplained letters found (1590) carved on a tree on Roanoke Island off North Carolina by Governor John White when he returned to the colony from England and discovered the colonists gone. White took the letters to mean that the settlers had moved to Croatoan Island some 50 mi (80 km) away, but no trace of them was ever found. The name, in the form Croatan, is popular in the region and is perhaps best known in the name of Croatan Sound, which connects Pamlico Sound with Albemarle Sound.

Yes, I did look at the source and there's an amusing get lost message hidden in there telling us that there are no hidden messages.

Wikipedia has information on Croatan:

The Croatan were a small Native American tribe living in the coastal areas of what is now North Carolina. They may have been a branch of the larger Roanoke tribe or allied with them...Based on legend, some people said that the Lumbee tribe, based in North Carolina, were descendants of the Croatan and survivors of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. There is no substantive historical evidence for this.

The article on the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island tells us that it's about just that:

The Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in Dare County in present-day North Carolina was an enterprise financed and organized by Sir Walter Raleigh. It was carried out by Ralph Lane and Richard Grenville (Raleigh's cousin) in the late 16th century to establish a permanent English settlement in the Virginia Colony. Between 1585 and 1587, several groups attempted to establish a colony, but either abandoned the settlement or died. The final group of colonists disappeared after three years elapsed without supplies from England during the Anglo-Spanish War. They are known as "The Lost Colony" and their fate is still unknown.

The legend, with no actual evidence, is as the first site describes it, and Wikipedia lists it under the article on Croatoan Island:

Reasons given for this include the colonists' friendship with Manteo, a native of Croatoan Island, and a carving of the word "C-R-O-A-T-O-A-N" into a post of the fort (and "C-R-O" into a nearby tree), ostensibly to let John White know where they had fled when he returned in 1590.

The word has been used throughout popular culture, usually in fiction, for all manner of stories, so it could be used as a connection to the story of the original island or it might just be used in the same way other tales have used it, as a strange and mystical connection to a mystery never really solved.

Other than that there are just those shadowy figures everywhere. Is there a connection, or is it just a cool word to use in a mysterious story to get people like me investigating?



At first, I was not really interested in watching this movie, but after I read your article I might gave it a try. I hope the movie has prepared a good back story of the Croatoan-like phenomenon.


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