They also discovered that 36% of viewers were millennials, 57% of viewers were female, and 46% were either African American or Hispanic, the latter of which marks "the highest concentration Nielsen has observed across the Netflix originals it analyzed".
As it turns out, though, Bird Box may have been a very different movie if not for a creative choice to keep the killer presence off-screen, because a behind-the-scenes shot of the design for the movie's would-be monster has been unveiled, and, well, take a look for yourself.
Spoiler warning: spoilers for Bird Box ahead.
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Now, thanks to some sneaky posts by monster designer Andy Bergholtz, we finally get a look at what the thriller's nightmarish creature may have looked like had it been given form in the film.
In the sketch, Bird Box's opening in which Malorie (played by Sandra Bullock in the movie) sternly addresses her children to not take off their blindfolds is adapted not to a fear of an unseen creature that will drive them mad until they kill themselves but to a fear of seeing Trump's speech because it will have much the same effect. Within the first seven days of its release on Netflix, Nielsen reports that it was watched by 26 million viewers in the US alone. The actress described the monster as "a green man with a horrific baby face", which isn't far off from the photos below. Everything from the neck down was meant to be a giant CGI creature/body added later. "Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc in the movie", the artist writes, "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)". It has been discussed that some scenes were filmed but ultimately cut from the movie, and now one of the artists that worked on the film has revealed the design. Heisserer said he was encouraged by the studio to write a scene showing the monster, but knew it wasn't going to work. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one.
Given that each character would end up seeing a different variation of the monster, it's hard to tell. 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.
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