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This is a hoot: Real birds react to Bird Box

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Jan 1, 2019

While people who tweet haven’t been shy about sharing their meme-able takeaways from Bird Box, our feathered counterparts in the animal kingdom have remained largely silent on Netflix’s harrowing, blindfolded tour of outdoor survival in the post-apocalypse.

**Spoiler Warning: Light spoilers about Bird Box, including the role birds play in the movie, are below. If that’s more than you want to know before watching, now’s your chance to fly straight back to the nest.**

But some birds can talk, and they might actually have something to say about a scary movie that relies so heavily on their flighty sixth sense for danger. So leave it to Netflix to address such a gaping omission by screening the movie for a handful of the garrulous squawkers — and then filming their priceless “reactions.”

The general consensus from these avian critics? Bird Box is “really frickin’ scary!”

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Birds are the proverbial canaries in the movie’s coal mine of danger, since they’re the first to go berserk whenever the big, bad dark presence comes blowing through the trees on an evil wind. Having a pair of them around on her long outdoor journey, with a blindfolded Boy and Girl in tow, becomes a sort of second sight for mom Malorie (Sandra Bullock), since she can’t allow herself so much as a peek for fear of succumbing to the malevolent force, which compels all who see it to snap and kill themselves.

“When it comes to Bird Box, there's one group whose opinion matters above all else. The birds,” Netflix cheekily explains to set up the clip. And if only the speech-less birds in the movie had the same verbal skills as these beaky critics, maybe Malorie and Tom (Trevante Rhodes) could’ve reached the safety of the Janet Tucker School for the Blind together.

But with Bird Box taking flight to become the most successful Netflix original movie ever, our hopes already are perched for a sequel. If so, here’s hoping Netflix is already casting the perfect chatty cockatoo — and giving it a bullhorn — to give the survivors an advantage in Bird Box 2.0.

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