So, Birdbox on Netflix was a pretty good movie by my estimation, but...
Despite its similarities to The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan (where an unseen force also makes people kill themselves in large numbers) it was a win for all involved, I think.
I get that some people absolutely loathed it, and some people were left underwhelmed by the predictable plot. But an unstoppable antagonist that, upon sight, makes people kill themselves was always going to be a win to my horror-movie sympathies.
The inclusion of a sinister minority of people who go insane upon seeing this nameless entity (or entities) also added a macabre psychological twist that greatly assisted the pace of the movie. After rewatching it last night, it is this group of insane people that interests me the most. It's not just that they added a slasher/hillbilly-killer motif to the movie, and no, it's not just that their eyes looked metal af.
It was this scene right here that got my Culty-senses tingling:
This scene is glaringly obvious to anyone who's read The Bible of Cthulhu. That right there is Cacography! For those who haven't yet read it, here's what The Bible says about Cacography:
"Your Dreamlands Journal and journey into lucid dreaming can be exponentially assisted with the use of Cacography, the art of Scribblings of Madness. Sometimes words fail – indeed it is for this reason that we use R’lyehian (see page 201) – and this is especially true in the mysterious twilight moments between dreams and lucidity. Once we have woken from the deep and our minds are still foggy, sometimes putting down into words the exact experience of the dream is daunting and near impossible. Worst of all we can watch as our dreams slip through our fingers while we scramble for the right adjectives to describe them. This is where the art of Cacography becomes useful. Cacography is the simple act of quickly scribbling out what has been seen, heard or felt in the dream; a visual representation of what was experienced in The Dreamlands. This does not necessarily need to capture a point-of-view had within the dream (though that usually is the case) but simply serve as a way to document the emotions of the dream, be they elation, dread or otherwise. The idea is that looking upon the mad scribbles later will reignite your memory and emotion in relation to The Dreamlands experience. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. There is a meditative quality to practicing Cacography, and when the image is done using only one line without lifting the pen from the page it can become quite a creative experience in itself. It is recommended for Cultists to use charcoal or chalk as these mediums aid in the process, though any method will ultimately serve the purpose of Cacography."
And here's an example of some of Wyntre's Cacography:
Looks familiar, no? Now, I'm not suggesting that the dudes in Birdbox are actually Cultists. But there are more than a few other similarities between Birdbox and The Cthulhu mythos. Check. 1. People lose their minds upon seeing the creatures
This is a very obvious, though overlooked, tie-in to the Cthulhu Mythos. Any Cultist worth their salt knows that seeing any of The Old Ones immediately induces insanity. Wouldn't normally rational people who kill themselves out of nowhere count as a form of insanity? I think so.
2. A select few people, upon seeing these madness-inducing monsters, find beauty and purpose
We all know that The Call is a central part of our belief system. The Old Ones, to us, are not what they are to others. Where others see horror we see beauty. Where others see madness we see sanity (there is literally a chapter in The Bible called "Sanity & Madness"). Seems pretty close to what the cultists in Birdbox feel when looking at these nameless entities.
3. These cult-like followers also seem to bide to the laws of Unification
Anyone who's read The Bible of Cthulhu understands Unification. Heck, even those who have combed this site know what it means. Okay, granted, the would-be cultists in Birdbox are pretty hectic about it, and given that there's a good chance that the normal people will literally kill themselves upon being converted, it's a bit extreme. But can we really ignore the similarity?
And can we really ignore the use of the word "heck" in this paragraph? Probably not.
4. An invisible trickster tempts and manipulates humans The 'normal' people in Birdbox experience auditory hallucinations when around one or more of the monsters. These hallucinations often take on the guise of loved ones in an attempt to manipulate them to fall under the sway of the monsters will. I don't know about you but this sounds a heck of a lot like Nyarlathotep to me (there's that word again). He's the shape-shifting trickster Old One that utilizes these exact techniques to spread chaos and anarchy.
(If you've been hiding under a rock and haven't read Nyarlathotep by H.P Lovecraft yet then please, for the love of Yog-Sothoth, do yourself a favor and download this free pdf of the story)
5. And the final most damning piece of evidence of all:
Tell me that's not Cthulhu. And this is what's in The Bible of Cthulhu...
And you know what? Look a little closer and you'll find Azathoth there too.
I'm the first to champion the idea that H.P Lovecraft's work has permeated all culture, and I'm not saying that Birdbox was written by someone with Cultist sympathies (though I mean... it's possible, isn't it? We seem to be fucking everywhere right now).
I'm just saying that when you rewatch this movie with The Cult of Cthulhu in mind it makes for a far more poignant and enjoyable viewing experience. At least for those of us who have been Called ;)
Nyarlathoth, Order of No Name, Speaker for The Cult of Cthulhu