Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's famous THE BIRDS, KAW is a modern examination of the classic horror premise of animals attacking people. Set in a small town in the northeastern United States, KAW follows Sheriff Wayne (Sean Patrick Flanery) on the last day of his job as sheriff. Wayne is moving with his wife, Cynthia (Kristin Booth) to the big city and is leaving the town of his childhood behind. A bizarre murder, a midday shooting, and a tragic traffic accident all seem to be caused by a large flock of ravens that have suddenly infested the area. Ravens are highly intelligent animals (smarter than some mammals the film says) and Wayne has to figure out, with the help of the local doctor (Rod Taylor), what is causing the birds carnivorous behavior and how to stop it before the birds kill everyone in the town.
KAW is a B-movie that originally aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. The film's director vehemently denies that KAW isn't supposed to be like THE BIRDS, but there are far too many similarities between the two pictures, including having Rod Taylor (he co-starred in THE BIRDS) co-starring in the picture. Movies that are shown on the Sci-Fi Channel are hit-and-miss with there being more misses than hits. Fortunately, KAW is more of a hit. It's a B-picture and the filmmakers knew that when they were making it. The movie doesn't pretend to be something that it's not. There are a few plot holes, but overall KAW is a decent movie. The acting is really good and has some good special effects, especially since this is a low-budget direct-to-cable release. The movie has been marketed as a horror film, but there is very little gore and it's more of a suspense film than horror. I enjoyed the movie and though there isn't anything new or extraordinary, I'd watch it again. The director, Sheldon Wilson, did a great job with a limited budget and I'd recommend for a rainy afternoon with nothing to do. Also, fans of Sean Patrick Flanery, Rod Taylor, and Sheldon Wilson might have an interest in seeing this movie.
There are several extras on the DVD including a making-of featurette, a conversation with the director and Rod Taylor, and several trailers. I found the making-of extra to be the most informative of all the special features. Part of it explains about the 11 trained ravens from the Czech Republic were used and how the sfx department multiplied these creatures using CGI. Watching the film it's almost impossible to distinguish the real birds from the CGI ones. That's a great feat for any film.
KAW I remember watching the Birds and even the second one when I was real little; I never understood why people thought it was so scary. Of course that film came out before I was born and it was only when I was older that I understood that the film was all about the tension. So when I walked by this movie and noticed not only was it a film like the birds it also featured an actor from that film, and stared one of my favorite actors. So naturally … more
This film is not in any way a classic film but it is still an entertaining flick that would at least warrant a rental. Nothing new since The Birds and all that but it still seems fresh and moves at a nice pace.
Pros: mercifully short Cons: actors, story, ravens The Bottom Line: “What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking Nevermore” ~Edgar Allen Poe When you are done pulling your knuckle hairs out one-by-one and are totally backed into a corner with nothing to do, try walking on the wild side with Kaw. Kaw is actually the poor man’s Hitchcock … more
Kaw is Director Sheldon Wilson's attempt at remaking Alfred Hitchcock's Birds. However, unlike the original, Kaw lacks a clear vision, a compelling plot, or strong characterization. The story begins when a small town chief of police is getting ready to retire. On his last day a huge flock of angry Ravens attack all the towns' people. This is where the resemblance to Hitchcock ends. The acting isn't that bad, and I've seen much worse, so no big complaints there. But the characters … more
Sean Patrick Flanery and Rod Taylor star in this horror film inspired by the classic THE BIRDS. When blood-thirsty ravens suddenly take over a small town, life suddenly becomes a daily battle for survival. Genre:Horror Rating:R Release Date:23-OCT-2007 Media Type:DVD