"Everything Howard says that she thinks is crazy eventually turns out to be the truth. [Because] Howard isn't the bad guy. Emmet is the bad guy." --Juke777
Hit the brakes. There's a ton of post-viewing forum chatter that recasts Emmett as 10 Cloverfield Lane's unspoken villain and vindicates Howard, an unhinged, abusive kidnapper, on the basis of being "correct." This is a theory that misses the mark and the point. 10 Cloverfield Lane ran with a terrifying tagline: "Monsters come in many forms." As the story unraveled, Michelle feared Howard (who chained her up in his underground bunker), softened to him, then swung back to fear as it became clear this father figure was a murderous creep. Emmett was a victim, too. Many wonder if the trio's simpleton killed Brittany, a girl who went missing years ago (and is clearly Howard's former captor). Emmett's arm is in a sling -- did Howard break it to ensure there wouldn't be any more issues? There's a stain on the ceiling of Michelle's room -- did Howard hide the body to keep the peace? So many questions, so few answers. Cloverfield obsessives need to take it all at face value. Emmett ran into the bunker to escape the apocalypse. Howard didn't want him there, and broke his arm. When it became clear there was a killer in their midst, Emmett took a bullet to save Michelle's story. Howard is a monster so bad, it was worth running into an alien-infested corn field to escape him. End of story.