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Birdemic: Shock And Terror

by Phil Hall
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Tuesday Feb 22, 2011
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Most bad films are best forgotten, but some people go out of their way to generate cult following for productions that seem to plumb new depths for sheer ineptitude. James Nguyen’s Birdemic: Shock and Terror - a $10,000 rip-off of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds - is the latest in the so-bad-it’s-good genre, with a DVD premiere that follows a commercially successful midnight movie release.

What’s wrong here? Well, the special effects are among the most atrocious ever put on camera: stuffed birds hanging in midair with unmoving wings and animation that appears to have been created with DOS software. But at least some sort of effort went into creating them, even if it was a boneheaded mistake. The rest of the film shows no signs whatsoever of any professional considerations: the sound recording is haphazard, the cinematography is often poorly lit, the music score is repetitive and monotonous, the screenplay is a weird collection of illogical dialogue and contrived scenes, and no one on camera knows how to act (although romantic leads Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore look good, which might be the sole saving grace).

Those with MST3K sensibilities may find some giggles from this mess. Most people, however, will be bored witless with this piece of bird dropping.

Indeed, the closest thing to genuine talent found here is, of all people, Tippi Hedren. Yes, Hitchcock’s last great blonde is linked to this madness, albeit as a cheat: she is seen in clip from an earlier Nguyen film in which she had a brief appearance.

Those with MST3K sensibilities may find some giggles from this mess. Most people, however, will be bored witless with this piece of bird dropping.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror
DVD
$24.98
www.severin-films.com/

Phil Hall is the author of "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time

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