But then a new, surprising threat crops up: Murderers, the creatures' madness Gary, played by Tom Hollander, Bohemian Rhapsody arrives in the sprawling house where Malorie and the rest of the survivors stay, knocking on the door and begging, Sweet-temper Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) opens the door to him without questioning anyone, and apparently Gary (tr otz Douglas' loud objections) to be a good addition to the crew. However, it soon becomes clear that Gary is one of the few people who can survive after seeing the monsters.
Why is that? Well, it is not clear. We find evidence that some of the humans who can look at the creatures and commit suicide suffered from mental illness prior to the arrival of the monsters (Gary mentions that he was institutionalized). But that does not mean that they get away with it – instead of killing themselves, they start worshiping the creatures and try to force other survivors to "look" and join them (or kill themselves). 19659004]
But Gary's arrival at the house is also the only clue as to what the creatures might look like, at least for him; It's filled with charcoal drawings of blurry monsters with screaming mouths full of razor-sharp teeth, black eyes, bug-like charms, and even one who seems to wear a gas mask. In essence, they look like demons.
We can never see what Gary and others like him see, but there is some evidence to suggest that the creatures either present themselves to ordinary people as the ultimate sadness or fear of a person. For example, after Malorie's sister Jessica (Paulson) saw a creature driving, her eyes immediately start to cry and she crashes in the car. Then she limps promptly in front of a garbage truck to end her life.
Something similar happens to the wife of Douglas, John Malkovich's character, as she runs outside to help a wounded, pregnant malorie. "Mummy?" she asks, staring into the empty air before her eyes turn into a scary, bloodshot orange and brown kaleidoscope (aka what happens to all eyes of people who "look"), and she willingly climbs into a burning car. Douglas later tells Malorie that her mother has been dead for years.
Although it's fairly obvious that not all creatures present themselves to humans in the same way (eg, Douglas's wife's image of her dead mother), Gary's portrayal of them is maybe what we most need to see to see their true form.