4 January 2019, 17:00 | Updated: 4 January 2019, 17:11
An image shared by a special effects team shows the physical form in which one of the monsters in Bird Box takes… and it’s veeeeeery creepy.
Some of the biggest unanswered questions that Netflix’s apocalypse horror movie Bird Box leaves viewers with are all to do with the monsters. Where did they come from? How did they even start? Why are they able to “infect” people in the way that they do? Is there more than one? And most importantly… what do they look like?!
‘Bird Box’ originally had a much darker ending and it’s so disturbing
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that viewers never see a physical version of the monster. The only visual we are ever given of the creatures are the ones from Gary’s incredibly creepy sketches. Speaking to Bloody Disgusting, Bird Box screenwriter Eric Heisserer revealed that the creatures were actually meant to make a physical appearance in the film but were later cut for several reasons, one of which being that the creature’s “horrific baby face” made Sandra Bullock laugh too much.
But just when you thought you’d never get to see exactly what those creatures looked like, the first image of the *actual* monster from Bird Box has arrived thanks to special effects team KNB EFX (who created it for the film) and it’s… really not what we were expecting at all.
What… is… THAT?! That’s what’s been causing people to take their own lives?! Whew!
Describing the creature, Sandra Bullock said it looked like “a green man with a horrific baby face. 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 [growling at me.] It’s making me laugh. It was just a long fat baby.”
But why was it never used? Director Susanne Bier explained that the decision to never see the monsters made much more sense than showing them on-screen. “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.”
As incredible as that terrifying special effects creation is, we get why they didn’t include it. And besides, if they did, it surely would have left us with even more unanswered questions than we already have. Like, how was it able to move and spread so quickly? Did it turn into smoke, shadows and gusts of winds in order to travel around? Or was it human-like in its movements? And if there was only *one* creature… why did Gary have so many different interpretations of it? Or was this just Malorie’s interpretation of the monster?