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‘Bird Box’ Knows That What We Can’t See Can Be Just As Frightening

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Josh Malerman’s debut novel, Bird Box, made a strong impression. Gaining positive critical acclaim, it was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2015. The novel creates a haunting atmosphere with lush descriptions of a bleak and dark world.

In Bird Box, the sudden appearance of new and mysterious creatures have thrown the world into turmoil. Anyone who sees one will go horrifically crazy, causing deadly harm to themselves and others. No one knows how many creatures there are, what they look like, or what they are capable of. But they’re everywhere.

A small group of survivors tries to cope with this new danger by stockpiling supplies and covering all the windows and doors. Every blindfolded step outside is a hazard – not knowing what they could run into, or who. We follow the story through the eyes of Malorie, one of the young housemates, who discovers she is pregnant just as the world begins to change.

Years later, Malorie must venture down a river with her two small children, blindfolded and vulnerable, in search of a safe haven. The chapters alternate between the present journey and the past story of how Malorie found herself alone, hopeless, and terrified.

Bird Box relies on describing sounds, smells, and feelings to communicate the horror and build the atmosphere. The most unnerving scenes are ones in which Malorie cannot actually see what is happening. Malerman does a marvelous job of conveying Malorie’s fear to the reader. Her sense-deprived confusion is palpable and effective.

A film adaptation is supposedly in the works, to be directed by Andy Muschietti. Muschietti proved himself a capable director with 2013’s Mama and has the attention of audiences with his upcoming adaptation of It. I’m curious to see how he might adapt Bird Box into a film, using a visual medium for a book that relies on the lack of sight to build tension.

Bird Box challenges you to create the monster, and it’s a strong choice for the novel. The creatures are supposedly beyond comprehension, so any description would not be nearly as satisfying.

Malerman uses the fear of the unknown to tickle our curiosity and tighten our nerves. Sometimes it’s more frightening when we are forced to wonder what could be lurking out there, and just how close it is to touching you.

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‘Final Destination 6’ Coming to HBO Max From ‘Freaks’ Filmmakers

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Freaks filmmakers, Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein have been brought on board to direct an upcoming Final Destination 6 for HBO Max. Jon Watts is on as producer with Lori Evans and Guy Buswick as writers.

“I will say that it’s not just going to be another kind of ‘we set up a group of people, they cheat death, and then just death gets them.’ And there’s one wrinkle that we kind of added to every movie to kind of like change it up a little bit: this one is… a true Final Destination movie, but it doesn’t follow that kind of formula that we’ve kind of established.” Jeffrey Reddick told Dread Central.

The synopsis for the first Final Destination went like this:

Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is embarking on a trip to Paris. Alex experiences a premonition — he sees the plane explode moments after leaving the ground. Alex insists that everyone get off the plane and 7 people including Alex, are forced to disembark. All watch as the plane actually explodes in a fireball. He and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. One by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.

We will keep you updated on all things Final Destination.

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Stranger Things Season 4 Blooper Reel

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As part of the TUDUM: A Global Fan Event releases, Netflix has given Stranger Things fans a nice little treat. I’m a huge fan of behind-the-scenes and blooper reels! I loved seeing the characters we know so well break the 4th wall when overwhelmed with a case of the giggles. Even the powerful Vecna couldn’t escape landing on the Stranger Things season 4 blooper reel!

Watch our favorite actors break character in this brand new blooper reel below. 🤣

We also found some other behind-the-scenes videos from Stranger Things Season 4 that we thought you would like. With the news of Stranger Things Season 5 being the end of the series, we’re watching all these videos before we have to say our final goodbye. I don’t think we’re ready for this story to end. 😭 Until then, have a laugh with our friends from Hawkins, Indiana!

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‘Cloverfield’ Film Finds a Director To Helm Next Entry

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We have seen an incredible three Cloverfield-based films so far. The latest being Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. The latest in the series also managed to lose steam for the secretive franchise. It went too far into the explanation of secrets that we had seen in the first two films. Once the wizard is discovered behind the curtain the game loses its momentum and fun. The upcoming Cloverfield film has found its director from Under the Shadow’s Babak Anvari.

The director’s Under the Shadow was a great piece of horror. It was entirely effective in its scares and story.

There is no word on where the fourth Cloverfield film will take audiences. But, that is for the best. These films have always been shrouded in secrecy and that is what has made them fun. Well… the first two films anyway.

The synopsis for Cloverfield went like this:

As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.

We are happy to see that Anvari is going to helm this entry. We can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise and to see what direction this entry takes.

What has been your favorite Cloverfield chapter?

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