10 Cloverfield Lane is the spiritual successor to Cloverfield, where a giant monster that’s never clearly shown stalks the protagonists. 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t have a giant monster attack, but we do know that something stalks the Earth in search of humans. That sort of thing only happens in America, thankfully. Singapore would never have such gigantic monstrosities plaguing us (notwithstanding the fact that they’ll be able to cross our country in a matter of footsteps).

Think again. We’ve got more than enough nasty creepy-crawlies and pollutants that might be just annoyances at this point, but would be terrifying if they were a million times larger. Suddenly those bomb shelters in our flats and underground MRT stations would be a lot more useful…

So here are six mutated horrors that could spawn from a Cloverfield-esque Singapore.

1. Giant Aedes Mosquito

Imagine if this were 100 storeys tall. Credit: gov.sg

Imagine if this were 100 storeys tall. Credit: gov.sg

We’re intimately familiar with the striped belly of the Aedes mosquito, thanks to the numerous public campaigns warning us about how the Aedes mosquito is a carrier of dengue fever, or “dengue hemorrhagic fever” as they used to say in commercials. The natural response is to spray even more insecticide to get them away, but reports have shown that certain mosquito breeds are developing a resistance to insecticides.

It wouldn’t be too far to imagine an evil corporation, hasty to make more profits, releasing an untested insecticide that was developed to overcome resistances, but ends up turning Aedes mosquitoes into gigantic flying monsters. They’d be impaling people as they suck blood, and worst of all, we’d still have to worry about them spreading dengue fever.

2. Smoke Monster

The smoke monster from Lost. Credit: Lostpedia

The smoke monster from Lost. Credit: Lostpedia

The haze plagues us every year, and every slight increase in the PSI level is met with thousands “Is the haze back?” questions flooding social media. But let’s say we try a new, experimental form of cloud seeding to get rid of the haze – only to find that we have given the haze sentience. How bad could a smoke monster be?

It’d choke us all to death in a matter of seconds. Remember it’s sentient, so it could compress itself and up its PSI level to 4,000,000 instead of just 400. In a compressed state, it would also be solid enough to pick things up and toss them around. And that thing can fly. We’d have nowhere to hide from a smoke monster.

3. Merlion

The Merlion. Credit: Trek Earth

The Merlion. Credit: Trek Earth

The Merlion has been subject to so many jokes over the years that it’s hard to take it seriously as a possible threat. But let’s look at possible origins for a real Merlion. It definitely has lion parts, so what if the “Mer” parts come from say, a shark or a piranha? Or even say, a blue whale, the largest creature on the planet?

Before you tell me that there’d be size issues between a lion or a whale, take a look at ligers, which are lion-tiger crossbreeds which are larger than either parent. The lion half would be able to adapt to a whale’s size, and then we’d get a real Merlion attacking our shores.

4. Mothra(s)

Up close and personal with the lyssa zampa. Credit: Singapore Science Centrea

Up close and personal with the lyssa zampa. Credit: Singapore Science Centre

Remember how in 2014, there was this sudden big black moth infestation? It turned out to be the lyssa zampa, the second largest moth in the world. The largest moth in the world is the Atlas moth, has a wingspan of 25cm, but the largest moth in fiction is Mothra (from Godzilla). In its largest incarnation, Mothra has a wingspan of 250m, a thousand times more than the Atlas moth.

Mothra comes from outer space, and one day, it’s going to come to Singapore for the same reason all those lyssa zampa moths came in 2014…

5. Humongous Housefly

The Esplanade looks like a giant housefly. Credit: National Geographic

The Esplanade looks like a giant housefly. Credit: National Geographic

One of the Esplanade’s nicknames is “housefly,” since it looks like the compound eyes of a housefly and actually, it looks like wings of one too. So let’s give in to all those conspiracy theories. What if the Esplanade were actually a giant robot housefly, only to be activated in dire emergencies?

Let’s hope nothing of that sort ever happens. It’d be a fearsome sight to see those giant domes actually start flapping around like a housefly’s wings.

6. Mutant Turtle

Kusu Island turtles. Credit: Singapore Island Cruise

Kusu Island turtles. Credit: Singapore Island Cruise

Legend has it that Kusu Island was actually a giant turtle that became an island to save several shipwrecked sailors. It bears some resemblance to Hindu mythology, in which the World Turtle holds up the Earth. While Kusu Island is nowhere near the size of the World Turtle, it’s still pretty huge, and would be horrifying if it reverted back to its turtle state and started rampaging through our island.

Better not make fun of Kusu Island too much (if at all).

Poster for 10 Cloverfield Lane. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for 10 Cloverfield Lane. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

While all these horrors might be devastating for Singapore, they don’t come close to the things that stalk the Earth in 10 Cloverfield Lane! Find out what they’re all hiding from and catch this psychological thriller in cinemas. But they’re all just fictional monsters anyway… right?

Credits: gov.sg, Lostpedia, Trek Earth, Singapore Science Centre, National Geographic, Singapore Island CruiseGolden Village Cinemas