Birdemic: Shock And Terror
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It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world, it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year: From writer/producer/director/visionary James Nguyen The Master Of The Romantic Thriller™ comes the story of a sexy lingerie model (Whitney Moore) and a successful software salesman (Alan Bagh) on a weekend getaway to a quaint Northern California town. But when the entire region is attacked by millions of homicidal birds, their picturesque paradise becomes a winged hell on earth. Can mankind now survive the avian onslaught of Birdemic? Hollywood legend Tippi Hendren of Hitchcock's The Birds makes a Special Appearance in the global cult movie phenomenon that Videogum says might end up being the greatest film of all time!
- Audio Commentary With Director James Nguyen
- Audio Commentary With Stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore
- Deleted Scenes
- Birdemic Experience Tour Featurette
- James Nguyen On Movie Close Up
- Moviehead: The James Nguyen Story Teaser
- Birdemic Experience 2010 Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- Electronic Press Kit
There's very little to say about Birdemic: Shock and Terror, unless you're in a room with at least 20 of your most ebullient, intoxicated friends who can yell at the screen, laugh at the primitive craftsmanship, howl at the ludicrous plot and dialogue, and generally have a good time at the expense of a movie that must know it's an awful affair designed to please for just those reasons. Filmmaker James Nguyen was probably a little surprised by the attention this shot-on-video labor sparked when it found a cult audience in a number of cities in the United States (and even abroad). It's certainly a surprise that the DVD is sparking another round of interest when the film itself is so dreadful. It's hard to make the argument that that's the point when the word amateurish doesn't even come close to describing the technical construction and acting, let alone the bizarre story of birds that fly amok and kill people with talons, with vomit, or by spontaneously exploding. The "special effects" consist of the most rudimentary home computer graphics, and the production values include just about everything they tell you not to do on your first day at film school. The film's 90 minutes would be cut at least by half without the abundant footage devoted to people walking, people driving, people standing and sitting, and people going in and out of doors. But on to the story, which starts with a romance, then moves to some bizarre tribute to Hitchcock's The Birds as the stupidly animated creatures begin attacking, then ends as a polemic about how global warming is turning the world upside down (beginning with the creation of killer birds). To be fair, this could fit into the so-bad-it-could-be-good category for a large number of people who applaud effort and appreciate lameness as high irony. But in order to walk away with that opinion, it might be best to save Birdemic for a movie-night party with a room or theater full of fuzzy-headed comrades who can take the head-shaking shenanigans with several canisters full of salt. --Ted FrySee all Editorial Reviews
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Talon: My third time seeing it is just as priceless as the first. There's life before BIRDEMIC, and life after it. Life is definitely better after seeing it. Even me describing it detail-by-detail isn't going to help you visualize the true amazingness the movie really is.
Alfred Hitchcock who?
James Nyguyen has some sort of special mind-blowing power. He turned ten thousand dollars into something worth millions, billions, maybe even zillions. Who knows?
Anyone hating on this movie isn't a movie lover. They're simply a hater. They don't understand the true thought, the intelligence, the brilliant writing, behind it.
Joe: A lot of people compare this to THE ROOM. But where Wiseau is like an alien trying to understand human interactions and make a movie about them, Nyguyen is like a film student who has only the barest idea of what makes good movies work. But his lack of any sort of clue is made up for by sheer determination. There are so many things that just don't work. Soundtrack, SPFX, acting, editing, writing, dialog, story... it's like watching a slow motion car wreck. Even so, he made his movie his way, dammit. And bravo to him. BIRDEMIC is awesome.
Talon: I enjoyed this movie. It made me laugh, and if it makes me laugh its a win in my book!
Best worst movie ever!
Joe: It's Top 5 All Time for sure.
Talon: Here's some of the dialog my dad and I had while viewing. Try to imagine some of our phrases as catchy slogans:
"And now he's getting gas. And the scene isn't ending."
"I've seen better dubbing in Gamera movies."
"BIRDEMIC: Shock and Terror and Rod Driving His Blue Mustang."
"I'm hanging out, hanging out, hanging out with my family..."
"I think this is the same CGI guy who did JURASSIC PARK."
"I think you're drunk."
"Best last shot ever."
"I have unanswered questions. Like what happened to the solar panel salesman?"
James Nguyen tried so many times to make a "romantic thriller". He failed with "Julie and Jack". He failed with "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" and he failed with "Birdemic 2: Birdemic Harder" actually that's not the actual name of the last movie but wouldn't it be awesome if it was?
The story itself is simple. We have Rod played by Alan Baugh who displays no emotion throughout the movie. He's a sales rep who has made a big sale and is going to open some green company selling solar panels. We have Natalie, played by Whitney Moore, who while she isn't the worst actress I've seen at least appears to have some talent. Unfortunately she didn't have much to work with. She plays an aspiring model whom Rod runs into and proceeds to stalk for a while.
One thing leads to another and they spend their first night together but in the meantime the birds attacked. But not just any birds. Animated clip-art GIF birds, the kind you'd find on old Altavista websites from the 90's. They're not blended well into the move and it's obvious they're not really there even when the actors are pretending like they are. They also seem to explode for no good reason when impacting anything.,
Then, after lots of chasing, bad acting, bad dialogue, bad decisions, improbable situations and terrible sound mixing the birds just up and leave for no reason. Seriously. No reason. They fly away. The end. It's like James Nguyen just gave up at that point and wanted the movie to be over.
If you're a lover of bad movies then this is a must see. There is no excuse not to see this in all it's misdirected glory.