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Kaw (2007)

A movie directed by Sheldon Wilson

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Kaw - 2007

  • Jan 27, 2009
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 The Birds Redux, without the finesse and glamour.

It is Sheriff Wayne’s last day on the job. From the mumbled exchange between he and his wife, as they tousle in bed, I take it they are moving to another town because she got a job. Just as he is about to strike gold, his communication radio starts crackling; it is the dispatcher letting him know there is ‘trouble’ out at [insert appropriate name which I can’t remember right now] whoever’s farm. Seems the missus has called in and said her husband has a problem and she is upset.

Meanwhile, across town, on another broken down farm we find Clyde, also the town drunk, repairing the school bus. As it turns out, Clyde has a little problem of his own but he hauls out his trusty rifle and thinks he fixes the situation. At the same time a local Mennonite girl is delivering a load of milk and baked goods to the gas station/diner in town.

Despite its rickety condition [which guarantees a breakdown at the worst time, you just know it] the school bus arrives at the diner to pick up the load of school girls to take them to a basketball day-camp at neighboring town. Entering the bus is Doris [I’m too pretty to be in this movie but maybe it will be my big break], Betty, the coach, and little Gretchen, a Mennonite girl. Doris is the scourge on everyone’s day, especially Clyde’s.

Back at the farm, Sheriff Wayne finds the body of the husband, in pretty bad shape. Of course, we know why because we got to witness it first hand when the ravens attacked him. But Sheriff Wayne has no idea what killed him and hopes doctor/coroner [known only as Doc, no name mentioned] will be able to determine the cause of death.

Later that day, on the return bus trip from basketball camp, the bus breaks down in what I can only determine is either Sleepy Hollow or the forest in Wizard of Oz. This little breakdown is caused by Doris, acting like a complete twit, when she throws the basketball at the Clyde while he is driving and it somehow messes up the gears of the bus. Of course, we knew from the onset that this bus was going to break down.

And where is the diminutive Mrs. Sheriff, Cynthia? She has come up missing. Actually, she made a trip to little Gretchen’s homestead to deliver a photograph album she had put together of all the times she shared with Gretchen’s family. Daddy is none too pleased, calling it a sin to own such a piece of vanity. Cynthia slinks away, but sneaks back. Why, we have no clue, but otherwise she would have never overheard the two men talking about the cows and the ravens, and she would have never fallen into the abandoned well. But that is another story for another time.

Everyone that has survived the day eventually meet up at the diner, where they are trapped by the ravens.

If you want to know the story of the cows and ravens, or, if you give a flying frig about anyone in this story, raise your hand now. Show of hands? Anyone?

Unfortunately, writer Benjamin Sztainkrycer thought this was an original idea. I wonder if he ever heard of Alfred Hitchcock? Kaw was directed by Sheldon Wilson, totally looked over in the awards department, and is rated R for gory images. I’ll give it that, there were some gory parts. Sean Patrick Flanery played the part of Sheriff Wayne and I can see why the town won’t miss him. I sure won’t.



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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 …
Quick Tip by . November 19, 2011
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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 . 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 …
review by . December 14, 2007
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 …
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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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