2018 is seeing a rise in horror movies. Pet Sematary, The Prodigy, Escape Room are just a few films whose trailer’s we’ve seen lately. The beauty of this line-up is that none of these movies come off as stereotypically horror films.
‘Bird Box’ is yet another film that has a fresh take on horror. Based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name, Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic survivalist horror film. The trailer opens with Sandra’s character, Malorie, waking up blindfolded, in the middle of the woods. She gets up disoriented and immediately starts reaching out to feel for her children, who are blindfolded as well. We learn that both her children are to ring a bicycle bell to help her locate them.
It cuts to a flashback where Malorie and her sister Shannon (Sarah Paulson) visit a hospital for her sonograms when she’s pregnant with her kids. On their way out, Malorie stops to see a very disturbing scene unravel in front of her. A woman, out of the blue, bangs her head against the glass wall, hard enough to break it. The hospital nurses and authorities pull the now bloodied woman away from the wall, and to safety.
A very panicked Malorie urges Shannon to leave the hospital and get to safety as soon as possible. On their way home, they come across a series of car collisions and narrowly escape one. People run around for their lives, panicking and screaming when a scared Malorie is rescued by a man and is taken into a house. The other residents of the house explain that there are creatures outside who look like a person’s worst fears and eventually drive them to violence.
It is now that we understand that Shannon also saw a creature like this while driving. She drives with tears in her eyes and eventually meets with an accident, where Malorie survives.
She meets the other stars of the star-studded film in this house. Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Oscar nominee John Malkovich (Burn After Reading) and rapper Machine Gun Kelly are members of this house, where the survivors live together and provide, care and look out for each other. Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) directs the film from Eric Heisserer’s (Arrival) screenplay.
Watch the trailer to Netflix’s Bird Box film here: