Netflix‘s original film Bird Box has been dominating the Internet since its release last month. From its accurate memes to creating the daft Bird Box challenge, another factor from the film that has been keeping fans talking is what exactly do those “invisible” monsters look like?
Thanks to sculptor and special effects makeup designer Andy Bergholtz, who worked on the film, he has shared several pictures of what the creatures were supposed to look like. Of course this is just one iteration of the monster, considering each victim saw something different. The film’s choice in never revealing the monsters created a heightened sense of fear, considering viewers had to tap into their imaginations to create their own monsters.
Check out the creation below shared by Bergholtz, which was unfortunately cut from the final film. “Keep in mind, the fatal ‘vision’ that each character saw would most likely be different for each person,” he explained in the caption. “You’ll understand if you’ve seen the film. [...] Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie, the producers felt Sandra’s nightmare would have something to do with a twisted, demonic baby creature attacking her.”
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*Some spoilers ahead for BIRD BOX, continue reading at your own risk!* We had the unique pleasure of designing a creepy makeup for the film, although the scene ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. Keep in mind, the fatal “vision” that each character saw would most likely be different for each person (you’ll understand if you’ve seen the film), and this makeup appeared in a cut “dream/nightmare sequence” with Sandra Bullock’s character. Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie, 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). I sculpted at least 3 or 4 variations on the design before it was approved, which began as a more aggressive, monstery look and was revised to be a bit more subtle in the end. I also had the pleasure of painting the finished prosthetics before sending them to set, to be worn and performed by the one and only Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk, applied by the great @proutyfx. It’s funny, I read an interview recently where Bullock described the creature as a “snake-like, green man with a horrific baby face”. Many folks have speculated what the creature may have looked like, but they fail to realize the “snake-like green man” portion was simply Dirk in a spandex green-screen suit ?. Everything from the neck down was intended to be a giant CGI creature/body added later. In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one. Still a fun project to be a part of, thanks Howie! @hoops511 #netflix #birdbox
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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