Here's what the 'Bird Box' monster actually looks like, according to the special effects team
By now, everyone and their mother has seen 'Bird Box,' Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock. (And Machine Gun Kelly is in it for about three minutes! Take that, Eminem!) In the movie, a mysterious force compels people to kill themselves, resulting in most of the population dying by mass suicide. Ragtag groups of survivors hide indoors, and only venture outside wearing blindfolds, as the very sight of these monsters means death.
Netflix says more than 45 million accounts watched 'Bird Box' in a week, a new record for the streaming service. On social media, the film has inspired countless memes, plus the dangerous 'Bird Box' challenge. In the movie, Malorie and her two children try to navigate a river and forest to safety, while wearing blindfolds. In the challenge, people try to do everyday things around the house with blindfolds on, and (obviously) run into a lot of doors and walls. In one video, a man even tried to drive blindfolded, prompting outrage from people who don't want to be ran over.
In response, Netflix begged people to stop it: "Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE," the company tweeted. "We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes."
While many people liked 'Bird Box,' some critics expressed disappointment, because you never get to see those mysterious monsters. To which I say, haven't you ever read H.P. Lovecraft stories? Somethings the scariest thing is the unknown, or a horror that is impossible to describe! Anyway, if you're one of those complainers, good news!
SFXAtlas revealed what the 'unseen creatures' from Bird Box actually look like. The movie's special effects team created prosthetics to depict the monsters, although they didn't make the final cut of the film. Apparently, Howard Berger, the film's special effects make-up creator, shared the original post, then deleted it, possibly because Netflix got mad and sent monsters after him.
SFXAtlast reposted the images, writing: "The unseen creature from Bird Box created at KNB EFX that was sadly cut from the final film. Andy Bergholtz sculpted and pre-painted the prosthetics. Stephen Prouty went to set and applied the makeup on actor Dirk Rogers."
The company continued: "Reposted from the amazing Howard Berger - '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."
Well, personally I think those baby Freddy Krueger things look pretty cool, but they're not a great fit for Bird Box. It's far scarier leaving the mysterious monsters left up to your imagination. Be careful what you wish for!