Warning: This post contains spoilers about the movie Bird Box.
Sometimes they are scariest monsters you never see.
Netflix's original movie Bird Box is an excellent success. It racked up an impressive 45 million viewers in the first seven days of the release and continues to enchant the audience and scare crap out of people. But this is not a traditional gore party. Bird Box is a psychological thriller with a post-apocalyptic twist where the scariest parts are the ones you will never see.
What is Bird Box?
The story follows a woman named Malorie who tries to get her two young children safe from some kind of monsters. The sight of these horrible creatures, whatever they are, is so appalling that it causes people to commit suicide immediately after seeing them. Malorie must navigate a river of rushing headway to get her children safe. She is so scared to love and lose her offspring that she doesn't even name them.
What are monsters in the Bird Box?
One of the wisest things the producers did for the film chose to keep the monsters hidden from the audience. The idea is that whatever you can imagine is enough scarier than what appears on the screen. In other words, your monster is personal – and that's what is really scary.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer admitted that the producers almost chose to show the monsters, but then decided it was scary to refrain from revealing them.
"There was a time when one of the producers was like," No, you have to see something at a time "and forced me to write essentially a nightmare sequence where Malorie experiences one in that house," Heisserer said. .
What would the monsters have looked like?
It causes all fans to question – what would the monsters have looked like? There is an answer to that.
Sandra Bullock described the creatures this way: "It was a green man with a horrible baby face," she said. "It was snake-like, and I was like," I don't want to see it when it first happens. Just take it into the room. We shoot the scene. "I'm turning and he's here [growling at me.] It makes me laugh. It was just a long fat baby. "
Laughter was the opposite reaction that film producers wanted to convey. Fear that the audience would think it was stupid or funny revealed scenes with monsters eventually carved out.
The monsters are different for everyone
Director Susanne Bier summed it up perfectly when she said:
"Whatever these creatures are, they complain about your deepest fears. Everyone's deepest fear will be different from the other person. I suddenly assume a concrete form to illustrate that it is weak. Where the endowment is really strong, so trying to illustrate it is a little bit pointless, so it would have been the wrong decision. "
Not showing monsters in the movie also had another advantage. Abandoning unanswered, open-ended questions, such as what happens to the children and what the monsters look like, means there may be a sequel to exploring these topics. The time will tell if this happens in 2019.