How different would the experience of watching Netflix hit Bird Box have been had the movie’s monsters not been invisible? That is the question we’ve been left asking ourselves after special effects make-up artist Andy Bergholtz shared images of a prosthetic monster head from a “dream/nightmare sequence” that got left on the cutting room floor.
Check out Bergholtz’s veiny-headed demon baby below.
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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
The horror movie is about an invisible force that, when seen, drives people to suicide, with each person apparently seeing a different but equally affecting vision related to their own lives. The monster Bergholtz shared was going to be seen by Sandra Bullock’s central character.
“Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie,” Bergholtz explains in his Instagram caption, “the producers felt Sandra’s nightmare would have something to do with a twisted, demonic baby creature attacking her.”
Bergholtz worked on three-to-four variations of the monster, writing that the project was a “unique pleasure.” Whether having it in the film would have added anything, however, is completely subjective.
Do you think Bird Box would have been better or worse if the monsters were visible? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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