The 13th Floor

Was the Jukebox in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Haunted?

I’m sure a lot of you have seen 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE by now, but not everyone has caught up yet, so I won’t be dropping any spoilers in this article… although the creepiest part of this story has nothing to do with the plot of the film itself.

Instead, we want to talk about the jukebox that features prominently in the film, which John Goodman’s unbalanced survivalist Howard Stambler has installed in his underground bunker and fully stocked with vintage grooves (including “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells, which gets Howard’s rump shakin’ at one point).

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

As it turns out, several people who worked on the film became convinced that the music machine was haunted.

According to USA Today, everyone from director Dan Trachtenberg to co-star John Gallagher Jr. has claimed that the jukebox had a mind of its own. Trachtenberg described their experiences with the machine as “Very freaky.”

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Even the head of the studio noticed something weird was going on with the juke during his visit to the bunker set in New Orleans.

“There was one moment in particular during our read-through with the studio,” Trachtenberg recalled. “[Paramount Pictures President] Marc Evans started asking about where we were at with the music in the movie and then suddenly the jukebox started playing music!”

Keep that in mind when you see the film… and also while watching this interview about the jukebox, in which Trachtenberg and star Mary Elizabeth Winstead suggest what songs they’d stock in their own bunker: