If you’ve seen Bird Box, then you’re well aware that the film’s “monsters” remain unseen throughout the entirety of the film. This isn’t one of those thrillers that builds to a major reveal, or a Jaws-like horror film where bits and pieces are teased until one glorious money shot. We never see the mysterious Bird Box monsters who arrive on Earth an immediately trigger a worldwide disaster, as those who look at them immediately commit suicide. But we almost did.
Director Susanne Bier previously revealed that they shot scenes that showed the monsters late in the film, but the filmmaker assessed that the design simply wasn’t up to snuff:
“It so easily becomes funny. We actually shot that and spent a lot of energy on, but every time I saw it, I was like this is not going to be tense.”
Indeed, star Sandra Bullock described the creature as “a long fat baby” and admitted she couldn’t stop laughing.
These comments made folks very curious to see the deleted scene, and while we don’t yet have any indication that Netflix intends to release it, we do have the next best thing: a look at the Bird Box monster design. Indeed, SFX Atlas revealed on Instagram (via JoBlo) the creature design for the Bird Box monster and… well it’s a fat baby.
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The unseen creature from Bird Box created at @knb_efx that was sadly cut from the final film. Andy Bergholtz @andy_bergholtz sculpted and pre-painted the prosthetics. Stephen Prouty @proutyfx went to set and applied the makeup on actor Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk. Reposted from the amazing Howard Berger (@hoops511) ''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" @birdboxmovie @netflixfilm @knb_efx — #makeupeffects #sculpture #birdbox
The idea here, obviously, was that Bullock’s character’s greatest fear is motherhood, and so when she looked at the creature she would see something that would manifest motherhood in physical form. Apparently they hit upon a man-baby for the design and… well it’s just real bad.
This is how the filmmaking process goes sometimes. You can take a big swing and it doesn’t work, but it takes a confident director to look at something that cost a lot of time and energy (and money) and say, “No, it doesn’t work. Take it out of the movie.” Even John Krasinski famously altered the creature design for A Quiet Place in post-production, changing up the design that they had in mind all throughout filming.
So take another gander at the Bird Box monster above and be thankful this didn’t make the movie. For more on the film, peruse our recent articles below:
- Why Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ Release Strategy Was Kind of Brilliant
- ‘Bird Box’ Spoiler Review: The Highs and Lows of Netflix’s Twisty Thriller
- Netflix Touts 45+ Million ‘Bird Box’ Viewers in First Seven Days
- ‘Bird Box’: How the Ending Shows a True Test of Survival and Motherhood