Have you seen Netflix's viral apocalyptic horror film Bird Box yet? Everyone and their mom has seen it. Stephen King has watched it, too. The film, which has received mixed reviews, centers on unseen forces who kill you if you look at them. It's basically The Quiet Place, but with sight. But unlike A Quiet Place, the monsters in Bird Box are never seen. You only know they're present by the rustling of leaves and wind.
In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, screenwriter Eric Heisserer revealed that the monsters were almost shown in the film, and that a scene featuring them in great detail was actually left on the cutting room floor. Now we have Sandra Bullock, who plays Malorie, to thank for giving us this amusing yet visually confusing description of the monster.
Thank the movie gods this was cut. But honestly, I would pay good money to see Sandra Bullock spend 90 minutes duking it out with long snake babies. Sounds like a solid starting point for a sequel, if you ask me.
On a more serious note, not seeing the monsters actually gave the film a much more terrifying edge. Director Susanne Bier echoed these sentiments in the interview with Bloody Disgusting: "Whatever those beings are, they tap into your deepest fear. Everybody’s deepest fear is going to be different from the other person. I think to suddenly take upon a concrete shape in order to illustrate that becomes weak. Where the conceit is really strong, then trying to illustrate it is kind of almost meaningless. So it would have been the wrong decision."
Yup, we agree. At least we'll always have Tom Hollander's maniacally drawn monster sketches to help us imagine a world where the monsters in Bird Box aren't long fat babies.