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The Netflix original film Bird Box has been having a good week—according to Netflix. While the Sandra Bullock thriller wasn’t necessarily critically acclaimed, over the holiday it became a meme, and now it’s mutated even further, giving way to the “can’t hear, can’t speak, can’t see meme.”
Combine Bird Box, in which people try to survive a mysterious monster by blindfolding themselves; this summer’s A Quiet Place, in which people try to survive monsters attuned to sound; and Mike Flanagan’s 2016 thriller Hush, in which a writer who is deaf tries to thwart a serial killer in her home, and you’ve got a supermeme that also makes for a pretty good triple feature.
can't hear— Mac* (@Machaizelli) December 27, 2018
can’t believe pic.twitter.com/itactI4NPD
Can’t hear— Stephanie Marie (@stefinitely85) December 29, 2018
Can’t get enough of you baby pic.twitter.com/zzML8y0fl8
Can’t hear— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 31, 2018
Can’t fight this feeling anymore pic.twitter.com/FYU1VRvSuT
Can’t hear— Miko (@oops_i_exist) December 31, 2018
Can’t find your ideal hotel? pic.twitter.com/yHLTVDAyVi
A few people even roped in another meme-ready Netflix title, the interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
Last week, Netflix denied that it was spreading Bird Box memes, after several Twitter users claimed bot accounts were pushing them out. The @NetflixFilm account also tweeted that more than 45 million accounts had watched Bird Box in its first seven days, a figure tallied from viewers watching at least 70 percent of the film. Netflix did not give any further details.
Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film! pic.twitter.com/uorU3cSzHR— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) December 28, 2018
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.