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  • This film marked the second collaboration between Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson, following Ocean's Eight (2018), which was released the same year.
  • Filmed in crescent city California.
  • Based on the book Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
  • Sandra Bullock's first horror film.
  • Sandra Bullock said she was blindfolded for about fifty percent of the shooting schedule.
  • In the movie "Places in the heart" John Malkovich also points and fires a gun without being able to see, but because his character is a blind person.
  • The movie is based on the 2014 novel "Bird Box" by Josh Malerman.
  • Charlie mentions how this apocalypse is different to people "running in mazes", referring to The Maze Runner series. Rosa Salazar, who plays Lucy, starred in The Maze Runner films.
  • This is the fifth time Parminder Nagra has played a doctor, after ER (1994), Alcatraz (2012), Fortitude (2015), and Five Feet Apart (2019).
  • Sarah Paulson and BD Wong have previously starred together in American Horror Story (2011). Rosa Salazar appeared in four episodes of the show's first season. Danielle Macdonald appeared in Chapter 10 (2016).
  • Josh Malerman wrote the rough draft of the source novel prior to the release of The Happening (2008) and The Road (2009).
  • The Author of the Novel Josh Malerman was inspired by M. Night Shyamalan's film "The Happening"
  • Charlie mentions that the situation they are in is not like some kids running around in a maze. This is a nod to "The Maze Runner" series, in which Rosa Salazar (Lucy) appeared.
  • When the film was first being developed, Sandra Bullock and director Susanne Bier both originally passed on it.
  • According to an article by Helen Bushby, director Susanne Bier suffered "sleepless nights" after Sandra Bullock refused to cut holes in the blindfold she wore for the film.
  • In the opening scene, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson playfully call each other "Dum Dum." The song playing in the background is "Coming Down" by Dum Dum Girls.
  • Cast members said John Malkovich had a bizarre connection with the birds on the set. If he told the birds to move their feet, they would.
  • Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson also starred together in Ocean's Eight (2018).
  • Sandra Bullock personally asked Sarah Paulson to play her sister in the film.
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince also appeared on The Walking Dead (2010), which also had a post-apocalyptic premise.
  • Sandra Bullock oddly pronounces Dr. Lapham's name as La Fam.
  • The film is set in northern California, and several northern California cities are mentioned. Malorie and the children traverse the Smith River in Del Norte County, near the California-Oregon border. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the house where the survivors take shelter is in Monrovia, near Los Angeles, and most of the non-forest/river scenes were shot in L.A.
  • The two children in the film are "Boy" and "Girl." It's a possible nod to The Road (2009), in which the two main characters are "Man" and "Boy."
  • Sandra Bullock ran into the camera a couple times when she was blindfolded.
  • The film sparked a trend of people trying to travel a distance while blindfolded, both indoors and outdoors. When videos started appearing on social media of people bumping into objects and hurting themselves, Netflix issued a statement to discourage viewers from taking what was known as the "Bird Box challenge."
  • The 2 child characters - boy & girl - are revealed to have real names Tom and Olympia. Their mother's name is Malorie. In other words, their first initials are TOM (Tom, Olympia & Malorie), the same as boy's name, Tom.
  • The movie includes footage from a real-life Canadian disaster scene. On June 6, 2013, a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. On January 21, 2019, Netflix apologized for including the footage, but refused to remove it from the movie. Netflix removed a clip of the same disaster from "Travelers."
  • Sandra Bullock plays a woman who is pregnant at the beginning of the story, despite being 54 at the time of the film's release.
  • At 13:05 there is a shot of an abandoned baby stroller rolling down the street. This may be a nod to the silent classic "The Battleship Potemkin" (1925), in which a baby in a carriage rolls down a long staircase during a scene of mass violence. (This famous scene has also been quoted in other films such as "The Untouchables" (1987).) The image of an abandoned baby provides a powerful representation of a society descending into chaos.
  • First horror film featuring Sandra Bullock since she appeared in The Vanishing (1993) 21 years prior. Bullock has a dislike for horror films, as they scare her too much, which is why she has been reluctant throughout most of her career to appear in one.
  • On March 14, 2019 Netflix announced that it will remove the Lac-Mégantic footage from the movie.
  • When Charlie is talking o Malorie about his book, he says that "it's not one of those kids stories where they all got crossbows and they're killing each other to survive, or running around some giant maze." He's referring to The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner series. Rosa Salazar, who plays Lucy, starred as Brenda in the film adaptations Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018).
  • When discussing potential baby names, Olympia says that she was thinking of the names Ariel, Jasmine, or Cinderella. All are Disney princesses.


  • The voice at the other end of the walkie talkie is from a guy called Rick, who lives in a community, which is a nod to one of The Walking Dead's lead characters, Rick Grimes.
  • In a December 21, 2018 interview with "Bloody Disgusting," it was mentioned that the producers wanted the creatures to appear at some point. They even designed a creature and shot a scene with one. Sandra Bullock described the creature as "a green man with a horrific baby face." It was discarded because it made the scene funny.
  • At first, the title seems to refer to the shoe box where the children keep their birds, as an early warning system for when the creatures are near. However, the title may also refer to the building at the end where Malorie and the children take refuge. The enclosed courtyard is filled with birds.
  • The fate of Lucy and Felix after they drive away is unclear. It is assumed that they died along with the others.
  • A relationship forms between Malorie and Tom. While films and television more commonly pair older men with younger women, in this case, Sandra Bullock is 26 years older than her on-screen beau Trevante Rhodes.
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