Squawk and awful
Birdemic: Shock and Terror, low-budget enviromental commentary meets exploding avian killers, not rated, CCA Cinematheque, onion
The newest film by Vietnamese-born American screenwriter-director James Nguyen is described in a promotional video by the film’s distribution company, Severin Films, as “a horror action special effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small northern California town under siege by homicidal birds.” But there are a few things you should know before you start thinking, Great, I love the occasional homage to Hitchcock films like The Birds. Where do I sign up?
While Nguyen is indeed a film buff (he is the founder and CEO of www.moviehead.com, which is currently under reconstruction, and he runs his own film-production company), he is decidedly more attuned to the work of Ed Wood than that of Alfred Hitchcock. Actually, stating that does Ed Wood — the master of trashy, low-budget cinema — a disservice. Birdemic is awful. To his credit, however, Nguyen has created something that could easily be repackaged and sold to college campuses as a cautionary example for trustafarian film students who are convinced they understand the craft after the first semester.
While the title of the film promises an avian catastrophe, there isn’t an attacking bird to be found until more than halfway through the pic.
The feathered fiends of
Birdemic: Shock and Terror