- “Bird Box” has set the record for most watched Netflix film in its first week of release.
- The movie, however, never actually shows the monsters that terrorize the world, and that’s for a specific reason.
- The film’s team did, in fact, shoot a now-deleted scene that showed the monsters, but upon viewing it, they deemed it to be unnecessary.
- A special effects studio later shared images of what the “demonic baby creature” monsters were meant to look like.
Netflix fans have swarmed their screens over the past few weeks to watch the streaming service’s latest original film, “Bird Box.” In fact, according to Netflix, the film was so popular that 45 million accounts watched it in its first week, breaking the record for most views during an opening week on the site. Undoubtedly, a large part of the reason the film quickly caught the attention of many was because of the plethora of viral memes that emerged from it.
“Bird Box” left viewers with many unanswered questions, however. One of which is regarding the movie’s mysterious monsters that, upon a glance, leave people with an urge to commit suicide. Although constantly mentioned and feared throughout the film, the monsters are never shown. All that’s seen are black shadows and strong gusts of wind picking up leaves and debris that signify the monsters approaching.
A special effects studio recently revealed what the monsters were supposed to look like
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*Some spoilers ahead for BIRD BOX, continue reading at your own risk!* We had the unique pleasure of designing a creepy makeup for the film, although the scene ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. Keep in mind, the fatal “vision” that each character saw would most likely be different for each person (you’ll understand if you’ve seen the film), and this makeup appeared in a cut “dream/nightmare sequence” with Sandra Bullock’s character. Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie, the producers felt Sandra’s nightmare would have something to do with a twisted, demonic baby creature attacking her (that’s as much as I could gather about the context of the scene anyway). I sculpted at least 3 or 4 variations on the design before it was approved, which began as a more aggressive, monstery look and was revised to be a bit more subtle in the end. I also had the pleasure of painting the finished prosthetics before sending them to set, to be worn and performed by the one and only Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk, applied by the great @proutyfx. It’s funny, I read an interview recently where Bullock described the creature as a “snake-like, green man with a horrific baby face”. Many folks have speculated what the creature may have looked like, but they fail to realize the “snake-like green man” portion was simply Dirk in a spandex green-screen suit ????. Everything from the neck down was intended to be a giant CGI creature/body added later. In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one. Still a fun project to be a part of, thanks Howie! @hoops511 #netflix #birdbox
Andy Berholtz, a creature designer and film and TV sculptor recently shared what the monsters were meant to look like, noting that each person’s monsters would’ve been different to reflect their deepest fears. He shared what pregnant-Malorie’s monsters were meant to look like: a “demonic baby creature.”
“We had the unique pleasure of designing a creepy makeup for the film, although the scene ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor,” he wrote. “In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one.”
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The unseen creature from Bird Box created at @knb_efx that was sadly cut from the final film. Andy Bergholtz @andy_bergholtz sculpted and pre-painted the prosthetics. Stephen Prouty @proutyfx went to set and applied the makeup on actor Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk. Reposted from the amazing Howard Berger (@hoops511) ”It’s always a bit disappointing when so much effort goes into something that ends up in the cutting room floor, but I get it and it’s always what is best for the final product” @birdboxmovie @netflixfilm @knb_efx — #makeupeffects #sculpture #birdbox
The creatures were meant to be filmed by having a man wear prosthetics. The rest of the creatures body was going to be added in later.
A scene in which the monsters are revealed was both written and filmed
However, according to a recent interview with screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the monsters were initially going to be shown in a now-deleted scene from “Bird Box.”
“There was a time when one of the producers was like, ‘No, you have to see something at some point’ and forced me to write essentially a nightmare sequence where Malorie experiences one in that house,” Heisserer told BloodyDisgusting.com.
After writing the scene for the film, Heisserer went on to explain that they did indeed shoot it.
Sandra Bullock said the monster was “just a long fat baby”
Lead actress Sandra Bullock, who plays the role of Malorie, recalled in the interview that, “It was snake-like, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to see it when it first happens. Just bring it into the room. We’ll shoot the scene.’ I turn and he’s like this [growling at me.] It’s making me laugh. It was just a long fat baby.”
“Many folks have speculated what the creature may have looked like, but they fail to realize the ‘snake-like green man’ portion was simply Dirk in a spandex green-screen suit,” wrote Berholtz on Instagram, in response to Bullock’s quote and the fan speculation that followed. “Everything from the neck down was intended to be a giant CGI creature/body added later.”
The screenwriter and director decided to cut it out and leave the monsters up to the audience’s imagination
After shooting and watching the scene, however, Heisserer and film director Susanne Bier said they knew that it just didn’t fit the film.
Bier told BloodyDisgusting.com, “Whatever those beings are, they tap into your deepest fear. Everybody’s deepest fear is going to be different from the other person. I think to suddenly take upon a concrete shape in order to illustrate that becomes weak. Where the conceit is really strong, then trying to illustrate it is kind of almost meaningless. So it would have been the wrong decision.”
The “Bird Box” team ultimately decided that they didn’t want the audience to turn away from the film because of an unnecessary scary scene in which the monsters emerge. They wanted audiences to remain captivated and interested the entire time, unable to turn away from the screen.
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