Netflix decided to give us all a Christmas present this year in the shape of horror film Bird Box, which is being described as one of the scariest things people have ever seen.
2018 has been an incredibly strong year for the horror genre with films like A Quiet Place storming the box office, and movies such as Hereditary giving people nightmares for weeks.
While I doubt Bird Box is one of the most terrifying films ever released, the trailer was enough to raise the hairs on the back of my neck and it has certainly been received well online.
For a glimpse at the horrors to be expected, you can check out the trailer below:
The post-apocalyptic thriller, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, follows Sandra Bullock’s pregnant Malorie as she joins a band of survivors including two young children in an attempt to escape an unknown force which is causing mass suicide.
When victims lay eyes on the mysterious and dangerous force they will take their own lives, meaning Malorie and the children best hope of survival is to operate blind.
The premise certainly sounds scary and according to those who have watched the film and shared their thoughts on Twitter, Bird Box is even more chilling than you can imagine.
One Twitter user wrote:
I hate Bird Box because it made me feel like I was actually in the movie and it was TERRIFYING.
i hate bird box because it made me feel like i was actually in the movie and it was TERRIFYING
— k. (@BabyGirlK_) December 26, 2018
Another agreed, tweeting:
Bird Box is honestly terrifying. Apocalyptic movies freak me out.
#BirdBox is honestly terrifying. Apocalyptic movies freak me out 😭
— Princess♡Gabbrielle (@GabLikesGlitter) December 26, 2018
Liv warned others to watch Bird Box in the day with people, saying:
Newsflash: Bird Box on Netflix is terrifying don’t watch it alone late at night.
Newsflash: Bird Box on Netflix is terrifying don’t watch it alone late at night
— Liv (@livdunaway) December 26, 2018
Tommy Blake thinks the film is one of the scariest he’s ever seen, tweeting:
Bird Box on Netflix is honestly the most terrifying but incredible movie I’ve ever seen.
Bird Box on Netflix is honestly the most terrifying but incredible movie I’ve ever seen
— Tommy Blake (@tommyxblake) December 26, 2018
I don’t think you should watch Hereditary then mate, as that is just something else…
In an interview with /Film, the director of Bird Box, Susanne Bier, discussed what it was that drew her to to the project.
For Bier, it was the strong female lead as well as the fact the story was set in an apocalyptic world:
I think watching a movie like that allows us to play that game, but because it’s in a confined space of two hours, you can do it relatively freely. I think it’s like fairy tales for kids. They can be really harrowing, but I think in a way that’s also kids addressing the most dangerous thing they can think of, the scariest thing they can think of, meeting a witch on the way.
I think for us, dystopian post-apocalyptic movies are a bit like that. That world that we fear is coming to the end, how am I going to behave and do I understand any characters behaving in a certain way? Part of what drew me to this was firstly it has a female protagonist, which very few of those movies has. It has a badass female protagonist. She’s hard and she’s brutal. She does whatever it takes for those kids to survive and it’s not always pleasant. I think that was really interesting.
From the reception the film has got on Twitter, it seems others like Bier were drawn in by Malorie and the dystopian world.
Bird Box is available to stream on Netflix now.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.