"Bird Box" Uses Footage From An Actual Train Derailment That Killed 47 People

Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 2.06.17 PMMashable- Netflix’s Bird Box is inciting new outrage among viewers—and this time it has nothing to do with that dangerous viral challenge.

The company has confirmed to Mashable that footage used in one of the film’s disaster scenes depicts the very real aftermath of a 2013 train derailment in Quebec, which resulted in a widespread fire that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the surrounding town of Lac-Mégantic.

The clip appears early in the film, as Malorie (Sandra Bullock) flips through TV channels portraying different scenes from the apocalypse. One briefly shows the silhouette of a train engulfed in flames.


This was the clip that was used:

I feel like we shouldn’t be surprised at Netflix profiting off tragedy. We love Netflix, collectively, as a nation, because it feeds us that sweet morphine drip of constant entertainment. But it’s a RICH corporation, it makes BANK every day, it’s the very definition of capitalist gain. Netflix used the clip in a different show once before, and issued an apology and took it out. This time, however, they’re refusing to take the clip out of the movie.

“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin said in a statement to the Canadian Press earlier this week. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news. Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”

I mean, I get needing the world to seem post-apocalyptic, but I think there are probably other clips of a train derailment that they could have used. But Netflix doesn’t care, because it’s one second of a movie that half the world is talking about. All I’m saying is don’t be surprised if Netflix starts playing ads between episodes, because they don’t care about us– they just care about that cheddar.