The new Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box is now available to stream on Netflix. Directed by Susanne Bier, the movie is based on Josh Malerman's post-apocalyptic 2014 novel of the same name. It stars Bullock as Malorie, one of the survivors of an epidemic of unseen creatures in the sky taking over the planet. Anyone who manages to take a look at the mysterious creatures turns irreversibly insane and commits suicide in horribly violent ways. Wisely, the movie never shows what the creatures actually look like, leaving that up to the imagination of the viewers. However, there was a scene shot for the movie which reveals one of the creatures, and what it looks like may not have been what you were expecting.
"It was 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 this [growling at me.] It's making me laugh. It was just a long fat baby."
If the monster in a horror movie is making Sandra Bullock laugh, it's probably best to cut the scene entirely. Director Susanne Bier agrees, suggesting that the scene "so easily becomes funny." Despite the best efforts of Bullock and the crew, Bier felt there was no way the scene was going to be tense for viewers. After joking that the axed moment was so humorous it could be submitted to Saturday Night Live, Bier recognized how keeping the creatures unseen only makes them scarier. The idea is that the monsters tap into each person's deepest fear, which is going to be different for everybody. However anyone watching may envision these beings, it's likely always going to be much more frightening than the green man introduced in the deleted scene.
Even screenwriter Eric Heisserer was apprehensive about the bizarre scene, saying he was "forced" to write it into the script. One of the producers was insisting that the viewers need to be shown a glimpse of the creatures at some point, leading to Heisserer to write one into a nightmare sequence. In the scene, Bullock's Malorie would envision a single creature in the house she was taking shelter in along with the other survivors. Perhaps it took seeing first-hand how ridiculous their creature looked for the unnamed producer to agree that some things are best left unseen.
Because Bird Box is based on a 2014 novel, it's clearly not inspired by this year's smash hit A Quiet Place. Still, viewers and critics are constantly comparing the two because of their similarities. A Quiet Place featured a storyline about mysterious monsters using sound to hunt human prey, while the creatures in Bird Box rely on their victims to see it. While each movies are interesting in their own way, Bird Box doesn't seem to be having the same critical success as the John Krasinski movie. A Quiet Place was nearly universally praised by critics, earning an impressive 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, Bird Box is rated as fresh, but at a much lower level at 65%.
Bird Box is now available to stream on Netflix. There's no word yet on if we'll be able to see the deleted scene of the creatures one day, but it just might appear on a home video release of the movie. This information comes to us courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.