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This post contains spoilers.
The post-apocalyptic film was adapted from the novel by the same name and stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes, a mother trying to avoid a suicidal death which comes if you look into a monster’s eyes. To avoid eye-locking, characters move around with blindfolds, making escaping to safety that much more difficult.
And it seems to have quite a bit of a cult-like following already, complete with memes.
The best Bird Box memes (so far)
— tina (@tipsytinaa) December 25, 2018
Scared to even see bird box AGAIN !! But Love It 🗣🤯 pic.twitter.com/iERbh2CLq0
— Cheyannerenee🍒 (@Cheyannerenee20) December 25, 2018
My view on Bird box… This is what the aliens will use to destroy the human race. It was freaky good. Scary. But good. Too bad it was a movie.. And not a series.
— Luv Pain & Reality (@luvpainreality) December 24, 2018
For many on Twitter, the movie has become a mix of fear and obsession. The memes riff on the plot lines from Bird Box, often with hilarious results.
Like whenever Malorie hears anything.
— UltraInstinct (@shanuddin8888) December 26, 2018
— Sierra_Ari's World (@ariisboss855) December 25, 2018
And whenever they are outdoors.
— 💛🖤 Tasha Maree 🖤💛 (@tasha_bermudez) December 24, 2018
— Yareli Arroyo (@yareli_jelly) December 24, 2018
— ⋆✰ ANGELINA ✰ ⋆ (@angelinaschule) December 24, 2018
— sally soundtrack (@MiichelleLund) December 25, 2018
Or these tributes to the most gullible girl ever, Olympia. We’re still wondering what she was thinking.
— ⭐️ (@badroiyal) December 26, 2018
— MiddyMid 🏄🏽🖤 (@AhmidTheKid) December 24, 2018
— Rai 🌻🤴🏾 (@Timberlandjo) December 24, 2018
Malorie: “Don’t look at the light”
— COLBYANTHONY (@He__________) December 24, 2018
In the end, when the kids finally don’t have to be called boy and girl anymore, Twitter was in its feelings.
— Lamar Washington (@Lamar_623) December 26, 2018
— korn-ye (@teacakesme) December 24, 2018
There were also tweets about how being blind turned into an advantage in the film.
The blind people in #BirdBox while everyone else is dying:
— bobbycheeks (@shutyourmouze) December 25, 2018
— Kaeloni 🧸 (@KaeloniBoyd) December 24, 2018
— ortiz_64 (@Supra_Ortiz) December 24, 2018
— T Banga (@LaPharaoh_) December 25, 2018
Some even highlighted the ways life can never be the same after watching the movie—especially when there are birds at the window.
— Sir Torrie of the Sheep (@Troke17) December 23, 2018
— . (@Jae__Jay) December 24, 2018
— Khalilah (@TomBoyDivaLeela) December 23, 2018
The entity: “we’ll pay off all your student loans”
— BLVCKBOY MILLY (@im_mylesaway) December 24, 2018
The movie has been criticized for its insensitive portrayal of mental health. It’s rated R and not suitable for children, but its monsters and “hopeful” ending have captured the social media zeitgeist this holiday season all the same.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.