Bird Box was December’s surprise horror hit and has remained a popular topic of conversation among genre fans ever since. In a recent video, our friends at Looper examine some of the film’s minutia, compiling a list of seven small details you probably missed. Give it a spin at the top of the article. If you haven’t seen Bird Box for yourself yet, it’s currently streaming on Netflix. Bookmark this page for later and skip down to the synopsis and trailer at the bottom of the article.
If you can’t stream, or simply want to cut to the chase, you can read the seven small details below. We’ve also included the points in the video where each detail is discussed (in case you’re one of those folks who likes to jump around). Enjoy!
Malorie learns to connect | 0:13
The painting Malorie is working on features people who are together, but not engaged. This represents her feat that she will not be able to bond/connect with her unborn child.
A little bit of Lovecraft | 0:56
One of Gary’s illustrated depictions of what he imagines the monster looks like bares more than just a passing resemblance to Cthulhu, an entity synonymous with cosmic terror.
Speedbumps on the way | 1:48
The bumps the characters drive over on the way to the supermarket are the couple who fled the house on the first day in an attempt to rescue their daughter. Obviously, they failed.
Monstrous fixations | 2:31
Some of the other paintings in Malorie’s studio foreshadow the terror to come, including an image of a monstrous entity hunting a deer.
The high and mighty Douglas | 3:02
John Malkovich’s character Douglas was not in the novel that the film is based on; Douglas was created specifically for the movie—and he becomes a central character. Even though no one likes him, he’s clearly the most perceptive and practical of the bunch, making him a legitimate hero.
Rowing machine | 4:07
Malorie’s skill at maneuvering the rowboat can be seen improving throughout the course of Bird Box as she takes Boy and Girl on a two-day trip downriver. This can also be seen as a metaphor for parenting: Fake it until you make it.
A Catfish box? | 4:59
The co-host of MTV’s Catfish, Nev Schulman, is one of the characters in Malorie’s painting
When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.
Bird Box is directed by Susanne Bier; Eric Heisserer penned the screenplay based on Malerman’s novel.