Film trailer: 'Super 8' on Twitvid

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A first full-length trailer for the new J.J. Abrams sci-fi thriller Super 8 went online via Twitvid and Twitter March 11, reflecting Hollywood's embracing of social media and the film's young audience.

The film is written and directed by Abrams ( Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III, co-creator of the television series Lost) and produced by Steven Spielberg, whose films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial influenced the themes.

The footage for this mysterious story of aliens, a story kept secret by Abrams, opens with a boy helping his friends with their amateur filmmaking when they witness a freight train explosion.

The movie camera falls as the kids run for cover but keeps shooting. Super 8 uses the concept of "captured film" seen in movies like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.

Super 8 is set in a small American town in the summer of 1979. When people go missing and inexplicable events begin happening, the boy's father searches for the truth but discovers something terrifying.

The film stars relative newcomers Elle Fanning ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Kyle Chandler ( King Kong) and Zach Mills ( The Changeling).

Super 8 arrives in theaters June 8.

Watch the trailer: