In summer 2018, key scenes for the Netflix thriller Bird Box were re-shot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This post-apocalyptic thriller stars Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson and is based on the novel by Josh Malerman. When an unseen evil force which causes people to lose their minds when they view it takes over society, playing this “don’t-look plague” game is critical to survival. During most of the film, main character Malorie, played by Bullock, wears a blindfold to keep her and her children safe as she navigates her way down a river and through a forest to safety. The evil entity is never seen – the writer gives the audience the power to imagine how they feel its presence would take form.
The Santa Cruz County Film Commission – a department within Visit Santa Cruz County – assisted with location information and helped coordinate film permits and lodging for the crew during the two-week production in the Santa Cruz Mountains.