7 Monstrous THINGS YOU MISSED In Bird Box!

7 Monstrous THINGS YOU MISSED In Bird Box!

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One of the most intriguing aspects of Bird
Box is that we never actually see the creatures that are terrorising the world, but if you
watch very carefully, we are given some crucial little clues about them and who they’ve killed. Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, I’m Jan and in
this video I’m revealing seven monstrous details you may have missed when watching Netflix’s
viral sensation Bird Box. Plus, I’ll be revealing some brand new behind-the-scenes
photos of a monster that was designed for the movie but never used. Spoilers ahead so take care if you haven’t
seen the film yet. The first details of the monsters emerge after
everyone who’s holed up inside Douglas’s house try to figure out what’s going. But it’s Charlie who probably has the best
insight into what humanity is now up against. He explains that what’s happening is the end
game and he lists the names of various mythological demons and malevolent religious entities that
he’s been studying for a book he’s writing. The “Aka Manah” that Charlie mentions is often
depicted as a horned entity and one of Gary’s sketches resembles the Zoroastrian demon. Aka Manah signifies “Evil Mind”, “Evil Purpose”,
“Evil Thinking”, or “Evil Intention” which fits in nicely with how the monsters in Bird
Box take over the minds of people who see them. Depictions of Aka Manah sometimes show him
manipulating people like they’re puppets on a string. He’s a particularly cruel and intelligent
demon who, ultimately, seeks death for the humans he controls. In a post-apocalyptic movie like Bird Box,
it’s pretty much expected that many of the characters we meet will end up getting killed
off with a few exceptions. But some of the deaths in Bird Box are much
harder to spot than others, for example, you probably didn’t take in what happened to the
couple who ran out of Douglas’s house to try and rescue their children. “If you go outside, you’ll die.” “My children are out there!” “Move!” “You won’t make it to your children!” Well, when Tom and co drive out to the supermarket,
their car passes over a number of dead bodies in the street. There’s a stomach-churning moment, when we
see the car about to roll over a corpse, followed by the sickening sound of bones crunching. And if you look at the close-up of that body
before the car hits, you’ll see it’s actually the guy who left the house several days earlier
and behind him is his wife. The body that gets run over has the same blue
jacket, light top and beige trousers the guy had on in Douglas’s house and the body of
the woman behind him has the same cream and pale-coloured clothing his wife was wearing,
including the little bit of lace at the base of her top. There are some interesting details in Malorie’s
paintings at the beginning of the movie that hint at what’s to come. One of the paintings seems to foreshadow the
monstrous apocalypse unfolding on the TV screen behind Malorie. You need to look very closely, but there’s
a deer with what may be a wolf behind it, but even more strikingly, there’s some kind
of monster to its side. It looks like a huge serpent has opened its
jaws about to attack the deer, and on top of that, the head of the snake seems to be
emerging from an even larger, whale-like mouth that’s about to snap up the both animals,
who seem oblivious to their fate. And if you look even closer, you can see what
appears to be the head of a large-beaked bird in the trees behind the enormous beast. Obviously, the painting’s open to interpretation,
but it makes me think of the final scenes of the movie where Malorie is running through
the forest fleeing from this enormous malevolent force chasing her through the trees. The wind seems almost like it could devour
Malorie and the children in this shot, just like the monster in this painting is about
to swallow up the animals. Another sinister being that shows up in Gary’s
drawings is Cthulhu, a Lovecraftian cosmic entity that lives beneath the earth. His appearance in Bird Box is especially relevant
because in the mythos of Cthulhu, simply gazing upon him will drive an ordinary human insane. It’s said that he, and other alien beings
like him, exist at a level we humans simply cannot comprehend, which is why even looking
at him would drive us to madness. HP Lovecraft’s description of Cthulhu mentioned
“an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body”
and the picture in Gary’s drawings definitely fits that. Interestingly and fittingly for our movie,
Cthulhu has cult followers, similar to the worshippers of the creatures in Bird Box. This group has been able to look upon the
monsters and, rather than killing themselves, they feel enlightened. The man who attacks Malorie on the boat tells
her that “everyone must look” and that “it shall cleanse the world!” Gary and Fish Fingers, the possessed guy at
the supermarket, say how beautiful the creature is, and they both fanatically use whatever
tricks they can to gain access to survivors to convert them to their cause. The post-apocalyptic scenario of Bird Box
also ties in with the idea that many Cthulhu cultists and believers have that when Cthulhu
and his fellow gods rise again, the human race will be destroyed. So, Cthulhu seems to be big inspiration for
Bird Box, even if there’s an array of other drawings and sketches that Gary lays out on
the coffee table confirming that the monsters in the movie [likely] look different to different
people. By the way, I wonder if the reason Gary has
drawn so many different versions of the monsters is because he has some kind of dissociative
identity disorder, aka multiple personality disorder, or alternatively, he may have collected
them together from other people at the mental institution. A book in Douglas’s house that Malorie gets
interested in is by Giovanni Piranesi, an Italian artist who was known for his atmospheric
etchings of imaginary prisons, which have been a major influence on films such as Metropolis,
Blade Runner, and The Third Man, writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Franz Kafka, and artists
including MC Escher. Similar to Piranesi’s drawings, the monsters
in Bird Box create an imaginary prison in the mind of their victims. Remember what Charlie said, that it’s “the
entity that takes on a form of your worst fears or… your deepest sadness or your greatest
loss.” So, the monsters cut individuals off from
others, locking them away within their own minds. In other words, they create a prison of fear,
sadness and loss inside people’s heads which nobody else can see or understand the true
horror of. That eventually leads them to either suicide
or possession and control by the creatures in the case of characters like Gary or Fish
Fingers. Malorie herself suffers from an emotional
disconnect with the rest of the world at the beginning of the movie, but she very gradually
connects with other people like Tom and, eventually, by the end, she breaks out of her own figurative
prison, connecting with the children she’s raised and the community she’s joined. A curious reference to another source of weird
and wonderful creatures comes via a book that Malorie grabs to read while Greg is trying
to observe the creatures via the security camera footage. The book she’s holding while talking to Charlie
is called “Cabinet of Natural Curiosities” by the 18th-century Dutch natural historian
Albertus Seba. And, appropriately enough, it’s full of drawings
of real-life and mythical beasts, ranging from creatures of the deep to an array of
snakes and a creepy seven-headed hydra monster that’s especially difficult to defeat as cutting
a head off the beast causes another two to grow in its place. In my Alternate Ending and Deleted Scenes
video, I spoke about how the creatures were originally going to appear in a scene in Bird
Box, and since making that video the special effects makeup company KNB EFX have released
photos of what the creature would have looked like during Malorie’s deleted nightmare scene. These are some pictures shared on Instagram
by KNB EFX co-owner Howard Berger. On the left is the design for the prosthetic
piece for the monster. That was then placed on actor Dirk Rogers
and makeup applied on top. The final result is in the bottom right corner. This deleted scene was originally in the movie
because, according to screenwriter Eric Heisserer, one of the producers was insisting that a
creature had to be shown at some point. Director Susanne Bier also explained that
although a lot of time and expense went into filming the creature scene, when they reviewed
it they didn’t feel it was scary enough. And with these new pictures we can see why
Sandra Bullock described the look of the creature as “snake-like” and resembling “a long fat
baby”. I don’t know if there were ever any plans
to add any additional CGI effects on top of the creature in post-production to make it
more menacing. But I can see why this scene was cut in the
end as the real horror of the monsters in Bird Box is that they tap into each individual’s
deepest fear, so by giving them a definitive form, the scariness would be lost for many
viewers. And if you want to find out more about other
deleted scenes and the horrific alternate ending to Bird Box that didn’t make it into
the movie, you can tap in the top right for my video on that or check the links in the
video description. So, did you spot any other cool details in
Bird Box? And what do the monsters represent for you? Let me know in the comments below! Every week I have new movie breakdowns and
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