The creatures that terrorize the characters are never shown on screen in any of the Bird Box films, including the first one and Bird Box: Barcelona. The theme that the characters can’t gaze at the animals without committing suicide is supported by this choice. However, we can learn a little bit about these enigmatic creatures through context cues and the experiences of the protagonists.
The first thing we discover is that there are several creatures as opposed to only one. The characters in the movies refer to them as “creatures” or “them.” While the movies have elements in common with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, in which chemicals released by nature cause individuals to commit suicide, in Bird Box the dangers are mystical, invisible attackers. Through a combination of sorcery, individual viewer-specific visual hallucinations, and auditory hallucinations, these creatures have the power to cause suicide in those who see them.
People who encounter the entities frequently have eerie glimpses of the dead and are susceptible to being persuaded or misled by them. Although the creatures have the ability to produce customized delusions, common reactions include panic, dread, and an overwhelming desire to end one’s life. The victims appear to enter a trance-like state as a result of the monsters, which causes them to hurt themselves.
The concept that many people respond to the creatures in different ways is developed in Bird Box: Barcelona. Others are mesmerized or in love with the creatures, while some become hopeless or unconscious. They might even push for others to take off their blinders so they can see the beauty of the creatures. Some people, known as “seers,” are not driven to suicide but instead, become infatuated with the creatures because they feel they have a special relationship with them or a part to play in their lives.
The animals’ nature and goals are yet unknown. They have metaphysical qualities, despite not being depicted as angels as a character in Bird Box: Barcelona claimed. While people are in a trance, they may control them to damage themselves and cause hallucinations. They may be animals, aliens, or something completely different.
It’s interesting to note that some people are not killed by the creatures, but instead become fascinated by them. These people, who are frequently characterized as “crazy” or as institutionalized, are not motivated to commit suicide. The follow-up implies that some personalities or those with pre-existing proclivities, such as fanatics or people who believe in miracles, may be more susceptible to the influence of the creatures.
In the first movie, a character by the name of Gary (Tom Hollander) draws what looks like monsters from the works of Lovecraft, with tentacles being a defining characteristic. H.P. Lovecraft’s Lovecraftian horror literature frequently features repulsive monsters and contemplates the incomprehensibility of the cosmos. The monsters in Lovecraft’s stories are comparable to the creatures in Bird Box, especially in how they cause lunacy and are unfathomable to humans.
In the end, there is still some ambiguity regarding the precise nature and place of origin of the creatures in Bird Box, allowing for interpretation and speculation. The movies leave the audience to come to their own conclusions because they don’t offer clear-cut solutions.