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Kaw (2007)

A movie directed by Sheldon Wilson

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Lots of Angry Birds and Not Much Else

  • Dec 14, 2007
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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 are wooden, one dimensional, and rather uninteresting. There is a bit of intrigue with some of the Mennonite characters, but this isn't followed up on and it falls apart a few minutes after it's begun. You don't get to like any of the characters so when they're picked apart, it's hard to care. So characterization is one of my biggest complaints. Another is the plot.

The plot is weaker than wet, generic brand, tissue paper. There is a story given as to why the ravens attack, but it is medically impossible. I cannot say too much more because I don't want to give spoilers, but Mennonite farming practices are so old fashioned that their cows couldn't have the disease they do in the movie, it is medically impossible. There is no explanation as to why the Ravens are attacking all the people, or how they got to be so smart.

Look, I don't mind a movie having some weak points if it's entertaining, but it starts off horribly slow and when it does kick off, the special effects are weak at best.

I love low budget, direct to DVD horror, but this is NOT a good example of the genre and your money would be better spent elsewhere.

Not recommended. Instead, buy or rent The Birds and treat yourself to a true classic.

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review by . November 19, 2011
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      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 …
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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.
review by . January 27, 2009
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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 …
review by . December 23, 2008
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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 …
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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.
Release Date:23-OCT-2007
Media Type:DVD
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Director: Sheldon Wilson
Release Date: 2007
Screen Writer: Benjamin Sztajnkrycer
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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