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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

A movie directed by James Nguyen

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The best/worst movie since "The Room".

  • May 8, 2011
**1/2 out of ****

Yes, take a great big look at the rating I have assigned to "Birdemic: Shock and Terror". It's been called one of the worst films ever made by others, and they're not kidding. However, "Birdemic" is also the biggest laugh you're likely to have since you saw "The Room", that is, if you saw "The Room".

Being a horror fan, I can't help but be insulted by this flick. It's stupid, lame, and is helmed by a man who attempts many things and possesses only one thing: the ability to get everything- and I mean everything- wrong. Seldom do we see films as bad as this one, but then again, seldom do we see films as funny as this one either. It could either be the funniest night at the movies or the most tedious. Me, I think it's kind of a mixture. This film blows big time, but it's funny-as-hell, and I will buy it, watch it many times over with friends, and someday even participate in the little cult it has garnered. In all its crap-tacular glory, "Birdemic" kind of deserves every bit of criticism, hate, and toilet-paper that it coming its way. But it also deserves some recognition for being so-bad-it's-good. It's the new king of that section of cinema, without a doubt.

Here's a story that attempts many things. The first thing you will notice is that the movie itself is about birds attacking and killing people. Hitchcock did that when he made "The Birds". That film was smart, and now we get this film, which is "The Birds" for dummies. No, make that complete dumbasses. And yes, I'm kind of a dumbass for enjoying it so much, but we all have our guilty pleasures. This is one of mine.

Aside from the bird invasion, there are sub-plots involving the hero's work life, his love life, his social life, and whatnot. All attempted; all fail. But at least the failure is fun to watch.

Were they serious when they conceived this? Did they really think that birds which explode when they're shot, shit acid, and hover over people's heads would scare people? Something tells me that they were serious, because they have made a really, REALLY crappy movie here. If you like those kinds of movies, then this is one to see. I'd recommend it to just about any cinephile, for despite its overbearing crapiness, it deserves to be seen. It's unoriginal, pathetic, and stupid to the point where I couldn't stop laughing. It's probably the most enjoyable film not intent on being enjoyable.

So where do these laughs come from, you ask. They come from many sources. First off, the concept is funny, and it always will be. Birds attacking people can either be scary and intelligent or silly and quite funny. Here, it's funny-as-hell. I laughed my ass off; I really did. The birds are some of the worst looking I've seen in years. The CGI is so simple, the movements are off, and all the stupid buzzards do is hover over people (and their cars). Surprisingly, this can kill them. Way to leave it all to the imagination, guys. Way to go. Also, the acting is painfully bad, and so is the plotting. Another thing that makes "Birdemic" so god-awful is the sound editing. Let me just tell you something: this is some of the worst sound editing I've ever heard. You kind of chuckle whenever you hear it; but how could you not?

Look, people. I hate this movie as much as anyone else does. It's one of the worst films ever made, and its completely unaware of it. But in a world where few actual COMEDIES can serve up laughs, "Birdemic" delivers them by doing its job wrong, on all ends. I appreciate the film for its horrible ideas, horrible direction, and non-stop hilarity; and detest it, at the same time, for its flaws. But I'm glad I saw it; everyone should be. Just go in knowing that this thing is stupid. However, also go in knowing that you are going to laugh. And that explains why I gave "Birdemic" the rating that I have given it.

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It's very likely that the only kind of reviews I'll ever post here are movie reviews. I'm very passionate about film; and at this point, it pretty much controls my life. Film gives us a purpose; … more
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Director: James Nguyen
Genre: Horror, Romance, Thriller
Screen Writer: James Nguyen
Runtime: USA: 90 min
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