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Bird Box Movie Review: Netflix Thriller Falls Short Of Hype!

Bird Box "Bird Box" Monsters Finally Revealed
Julia Gonzales | 12 January, 2019, 04:11

"Bird Box" is available for streaming on Netflix now.

The cold open to Tuesday night's edition of CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was a trailer for "Bird Box 2" that reenacts the film's opening scene, in which Sandra Bullock's character warns two little children not to remove their blindfolds "or I will hurt you".

As mentioned above, Bird Box burrows a lot from classic horror and horror movies in forcing a group of strangers to become close, live in close quarters and rely on each other, relationships are formed-most notably between Bullock's Malorie and the tall, dark and handsome Rhodes' Tom.

Now, thanks to some sneaky posts by monster designer Andy Bergholtz, we finally get a look at what the thriller's nightmarish creature may have looked like had it been given form in the film. The actress described the monster as "a green man with a horrific baby face", which isn't far off from the photos below. "It was snake-like, and I was like, 'I don't want to see it when it first happens".

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Berholz says the actress was confusing an actor's green costume, used for modeling computer generated effects, with the monster's actual look. Heisserer said he was encouraged by the studio to write a scene showing the monster, but knew it wasn't going to work. "Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc in the movie", the artist writes, "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)".

"It so easily becomes amusing", Bier told Collider.

Susanne Bier, the movie's director, also thinks keeping the movie's biggest threat off screen worked to her advantage. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a risky journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. Netflix then followed the claim up with an explanation of how they calculated the statistic - once a view goes beyond 70 percent of the total runtime, including credits, it counts as a view - and Nielsen recently released their own ratings for the movie giving a bit more credence to Netflix' claim.

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