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When a group of criminals on the run after a bank robbery take refuge in an abandoned house, they have no idea what evil they have come upon. Isolated and presumed deserted, the house is anything but safe...As the night wears on and a thunderstorm grows outside, each member of the group begins to have visions of the atrocities that occurred within the house, haunting it forever. Voices in the well, visions of mangled bodies and clawing under the stairs plague their waking hours. As the fear in the group begins to grow and the supernatural forces in the house start to manifest themselves, the group turn on each other and exact the wrath of the soul trapped within the walls.

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  • Actors: Patrick Fugit, Henry Thomas, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Isaiah Washington
  • Directors: Alex Turner
  • Producers: David Hillary, Timothy Peternel, Ash Shah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007A0F4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
Format: DVD
The black heart of horror no longer beats in Hollywood, as none of the major players even try to come up with original, let alone good, horror films these days. All is not lost, however, as indie filmmakers have risen up to carry the dark banner. Do not look askance at all of today's low-budget, direct-to-video horror offerings, for only here can you find new horror films of substance and genuine creepiness. You would do well to start right here with Dead Birds, as director Alex Turner has given us one gem of a horror movie.

Things start off with a bang - well, several bangs, really - as a group of no-good outlaws rob an Alabama bank in 1863. These guys are free and easy with their trigger fingers and knives, leaving a real mess of blood and gore in their wake. It's bad enough that they slaughter innocent civilians, but they go too far when they also kill a group of Rebel soldiers trying to deposit two bags of Confederate gold. Thus it was established that, whatever happened to them, these guys would get no sympathy from me. I was actually a tad concerned about the gore in this early scene, though - it was effective but a tad gratuitous (does a head really explode in such a complete manner from one well-placed shot?), and I worried that the filmmaker was trying a little too hard to play up to us gorehounds. Such concerns quickly fell by the wayside, as the rest of the film is masterfully done.

The gang (which includes a woman as well as a black man) rides off in search of a certain plantation house the leader learned about from a fellow wounded soldier, planning to bed there overnight before heading off to Mexico with their new riches. Personally, I would have taken one look at that deserted plantation house and kept on riding, but the gang moves on in for the night.
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on March 15, 2005
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I LOVE horror movies and can usually watch them without hiding my eyes but this one...brrrrrr!!! SUCH a sense of dread about it! And the wonderful setting in an old Alabama plantation. AND the absolutely horrific creatures! I think this is one of the most truly original horror movies I've ever seen, directed by first-time feature film director Alex Turner and written by Simon Barrett with the unique setting of the Civil War South. The cast is great, led by Henry Thomas ("All the Pretty Horses", "ET"), Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous"), Isaiah Washington ("Ghost Ship") and Nicki Aycox ("Jeepers Creepers II") and the production design by Leslie Keel ("May") is wonderful although I believe that, like the remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", most of the movie was filmed in the actual plantation. Which makes the atmosphere all the more realistic. The cinematography is amazing as well, done by Steve Yedlin ("May", "Toolbox Murders" [2005]) in a sort of sepia tone that brings the era to life. The plot is fairly simple - a band of Confederate deserters bloodily rob a bank of it's gold and hide out in a plantation that one of the men had been told about by a former war comrade. A storm traps them there and then the "fun" begins as they each start suspecting the other of things that are happening around them (sinister noises, disappearances, ghastly visions, etc.). Claustrophobic, creepy, horrifying images, gore - it's all there for horror fans. HIGHLY recommended!! And VERY disturbing - DON'T look under your bed after watching this! OR go playing in a cornfield!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Zombilicious on July 8, 2006
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Bank robbers stumble upon an abandoned house and decide to rest there for the night. However, they soon find out that they are not alone in the house.

When I initially purchased this movie, I saw a couple of good reviews about it. I really expected it to be a low-budget cheesy B movie, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was as a movie itself. Keep in mind that it IS a low budget flick with campy special effects, but you barely notice it. The circular ending was very well done. I actually applauded at the end....which is unusual for me. I would highly recommend this movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Priest on November 9, 2005
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Picture it: Alabama, 1863. A band of southerners robs a bank and high-tails it for Mexico, with an escape route that calls for a pit stop in an abandoned farmhouse. The six fugitives hole up for the night in the empty home, which turns out to be a critically bad idea. Starring Henry Thomas as William, the gang's ringleader.

Once this movie had been underway for a few minutes, a rather shocking something occurred to both me and my significant other almost simultaneously: these guys sounded southern. And by "southern" I don't mean, "I took twenty hours of voice coach classes per week in order to nail down a y'all that would make anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line shoot French fries through his or her respective nose with laughter, because I'm a Damn Yankee and I'm not fooling anyone."

What I mean is, they talked like the people who live around here do. Seriously. I was floored. You almost never hear a southern character sound like an honest-to-God southerner in the movies. Imported actors don't sound like they're from Georgia; they sound like they've had their consonants beaten out of them with a tray of cornbread.

Now my boyfriend and I knew, when we flashed that fateful Blockbuster card, that this was a low-budget movie; but we had no idea it was so low budget that the director was forced to cast actual southerners.

At any rate. So you've got six ex-Confederate banditos on the run, having recently emptied a bank in a bloody and profitable fashion. Their goal is to make it south of the border, but on the way they stop for the night at an abandoned farmhouse -- a farmhouse which, unlike some stories of this ilk -- has not been arbitrarily, mysteriously abandoned for no good reason whatsoever.
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