Great Example Of What Modern Horror Can and Should Be! (by 72hw)
Seem to be a fair amount of people out there with less than complimentary opinions of this movie... Speaking frankly as an avid fan of the genre, 'Dead Birds' scared the living sh** out of me!Director Alex Turner has made a near perfect example of what modern horror can and should be, but he didn't do it alone. The chilling original screenplay by admitted Ring fan Simon Barrett is well paced and stylishly captured by Steve Yedlin's camera work. I look forward to seeing more from Yedlin who adds layers of visual trickery to Dead Birds by making the most effective use of shadow <more>
I have seen in years. When combined with convincing performances from the cast all this makes for a great film sure to creep you out.Then there is the 5 seconds of Dead Bird footage I personally feel should be remembered right alongside Janet's shower scene... but I don't want to spoil it for you. Suffice to say if it fails to freak you right the F out, check your pulse - you might already be dead! If anyone else enjoys Dead Birds half as much as I did, let others know and lets get this movie the attention it deserves!
Better than expected--well-made and scary (by willywants)
After robbing a bank quite violently I might add , a group of crooks head out to an abandoned Alabama farm house, but strange goins' ons' begin to occur, and one by one, the crooks get killed off in gory ways. Once in a while, you pick up a film you've never heard prior to seeing it in the videostore that turns out a hundred times better than you expect. "Dead Birds" is one such film, or it was for me at least.The acting is all-around great. The cast is also unusually good for a DTV horror film, including Henry Thomas Gangs of New York and Nicki Lynn Aycox Jeepers <more>
Creepers 2 .Director Alex Turner has done a fantastic job with his directional debut. The film has a terrific atmosphere and a great, polished look. He handles the scary moments like a pro and I plan to keep my eye on any future projects from Mr. Turner, he obviously has quite a bit of talent.The production values were excellent. The make-up and creature effects were great and the period costumes, sets, etc. are very convincing. Kudos to the entire crew on this one for managing to transcend their low-budget roots and pulling off a thoroughly believable, impressive-looking film on all levels.The score, by Peter Lopez, was great. Very ambient, haunting and scary as hell; I'd like to own the soundtrack and hope to hear more of Lopez's work in the future.A great horror movie. Slick, scary, well-made and acted, "Dead Birds" is a flick all horror fans will enjoy. Definitely deserves a place along with "Saw" and "Dawn of the Dead" as one of the best horror films of 2004.8.5/10.
From the opening of the film to the final frame I really felt like I was watching something I had not seen before. It was a great horror film but it also made me think of the Twilght Zone. The look of the film was beautiful, very dark and brooding. Someone mentioned a Polanski influence but I see it more asPolanski by way of early Cronenberg or John Carpenter. Unlike some of theother people who have commented here, I enjoyed the fact that the film took its time setting up the events in the house. It made the scares that much moreeffective. I would like to see the film again I saw it at the <more>
Toronto International Film Festival Does anyone know when it will be in theaters?
This is one frightening-as-heck film. I saw it in my apartment, in a city, and I was still completely freaked out. If I'd been in the situation these characters were in, I'd have easily shot myself if I couldn't ride away. I wouldn't be able to take it. I agreed with the character of Todd, who said "No more. . . there are worse things than dying, you know?" I still feel like there's something behind me or in another room. Literally, honestly, I feel slightly sick with residual fear.The movie is really effective. One reason why is that the characters aren't <more>
constantly doing a lot of things you wouldn't do. I mean the stupid moron moves where you get caught or killed. Well. . . sometimes they do. But the outcomes aren't the same as in other horror movies. The period dress means that the film doesn't rely on a lot of tight clothing and skin shots to pad out the story---they have to rely on the story. And the scares. They do it well. The story is a good one. Sounds like it could be "true," but you haven't heard it before. Best of all, the actors do a really good job. They are actually talented actors, which is unusual for a horror movie. The end is a bit cryptic, but after a thought or two, you'll get it, and it might actually make you feel a bit less frightened. . . depending on what kind of person you are.I'd give it 9 out of 10 for a horror movie, which I think is often difficult to pull off successfully. The absent star is for improvement there's always room! and a couple of trivial things like ridiculously unrealistic lighting for a Civil War era setting.Now if only my room wasn't so dark, and I didn't hear that scuffling noise. . .
It has such an interesting background. I normally hate westerns and war flicks, but I can honestly say that this is one old western you gotta see. It definitely has the "made ya jump" appeal along with a very interesting plot line and believable special effects. It you like horror with a twist, this is the movie for you.The backdrop, is eerie and the plot line starts you heading in one direction and then leads you to another. The ending does not disappoint. I can't understand why I haven't heard or seen more about this exceptionally well done film. This film had me literally <more>
sitting on the edge of my seat and still made me jump at a few tense scenes. It does a good job of scaring the living daylights out of you, that's for sure!
I went to rent this movie, after reading about it om IMDb-message board. Many people said it was scary, sometimes disturbing and that the plot was not bad. I totally agree ! ...When I saw the movie, I put my Dolby digital Really loud, and it was something about 23 pm! At some moments in the movie I scared SO hard I thought I was actually going to drop of the couch.This movie starts, and from the first moment, you're put in a 'horror-context' with a lot of blood and possible disturbing images. But the real 'scary moments' begin when they are in the house. It's a bit <more>
of 'The Grudge' at some moments, but at some disturbing moments it really looks like 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' .The plot is not really easy to understand.. I had to think about this, and only Really understood when I watched the extra's on the DVD. On my version the producer and Sam a personage in the movie explained a lot. Also deleted scenes were shown, also to better understand what was really going on. That's the reason why I rate it 9/10. If at the end , the plot was better explained, and I understood immediately what it was all about, the movie would get an 10/10 !I watched it again today, and there are some things not logical in the movie. Like when they actually on their way TO the house, it's clear outside, and still when they are in front of the house, it's still day. But when the scene starts when they are going in, it's suddenly night ?! Another mistake is maid at the end ! Actually a big one. When the guy - don't remember his name - has shot Annabelle he stays next to her until morning. When the morning breaks out, he stands up and sees dog the dog :D . He runs and keeps running, and then the people from the town shot him the moment when we see he's also a 'demon' , well.. the mistake is : WHERE IS THE DOG ??? The dog was running after him and suddenly he's gone ?????I'd say : Watch it for the plot, watch it for the 'scary moments', watch it for the bloody moments, and Really watch it for the suspense ! I was nearly biting on my fingernails !!Really.. a MUST-SEE movie for thriller & horror fans !
I have long felt that the western genre was ripe to be mixed with the horror genre and it's nice to finally see someone agree with me. Mixing the elements alone wouldn't have worked if the film was lacking, fortunately that is not the case.During the civil war period, a gang performs a violent bank robbery and then steals off, heading for the border with Mexico. Along the way they stop for rest at an abandoned farm. During their stay it begins to become increasingly clear that things are not right with the house and the land it occupies. Before long survival becomes the only <more>
question.The set-up itself is not original, but the time period most certainly is. It takes an already violent period in history and puts an even darker twist on it.Complimenting the action well is an overall nice cast that seem to fit their roles and avoid chewing the scenery. I give biggest props to the creature designers; though there is precious little footage of the beasts, what you do get to see is unique and frightening.One of the better horror films in recent years, combining atmosphere and suspense with some good-old-fashioned visceral scares for max effect. The only glaring problem is a prodding mid-section of the film that runs on a little too long without much happening.Quality scares worth a look.8/10
Last night I was at the World Premiere of Dead Birds at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was during Midnight Madness which deals with Genre Sci-Fi, Horror movies. The Director, Writer and principal cast were in the theatre, and had a Q+A session after the picture's completion.Being a Horror fan, I was definitely looking forward to the movie. The special effects, gore, make-up and cgi were all very well done, especially for such a low-budget film. It's also got a nice feel and look to it. The costumes and locales were effective, as it took place in the Civil War era.I <more>
found certain parts of the movie a little slow at times, but overall I liked it. There certainly aren't very many Horror-Westerns around, and this is one of them.
Damnation and Doom at the Plantation of the Dead! (by Spikeopath)
Dead Birds is directed by Alex Turner and written by Simon Barrett. It stars Henry Thomas, Nicki Aycox, Isaiah Washington, Patrick Fugit, Michael Shannon, Mark Boone Junior, Harris Mann and Muse Watson. Music is scored by Peter Lopez and cinematography by Steve Yedlin.1863 and it's the back end of the American Civil War, a group of Confederate deserters rob their own army's gold being delivered to the bank of Fairhope. Leaving a bloody trail in their wake, the group set off for Mexico but must stop for rest and recuperation at a deserted farm mansion over looking a long dead <more>
plantation. With a storm moving in and tempers among the thieves running high, it soon becomes evident that something otherworldly resides at the house and the surrounding area.Dead Birds is a little cracker, a straight to video horror film that to my mind puts to shame some of the big budgeted piles of crap that get released to the multiplexes on a seemingly weekly basis. Of course, horror is very subjective, where along with comedy it forms a pair of genres guaranteed to produce films that will never ever please everyone. Falling into the haunted house sub-genre of horror, Dead Birds, in spite of its unique Civil War period setting, has been lambasted by many a horror fan for not being fresh, that it's a collage of other horror movies. There's some truth to that, but we could level that charge at 98% of horror movies anyway! But Dead Birds crap title btw does have a cult fan base, a fan base I'm very much proud to be part of.Alex Turner, for his first feature length debut, has crafted a haunted house picture that positively pulses with dread, with its slow deliberate pacing and hushed conversational tones, the atmosphere crackles with unease. The opening credits are jet black and rise from the earth like spectral portents of death. Then after the fireworks of the robbery, things settle into a sort of ethereal rhythm. The gang make their way to their doom through a murky landscape until they reach what they don't know is their final destination; the plantation, a place that just reeks of death and disharmony.The cornfield is long dead and home to a strange creature, the battered old scarecrow looks ripe for a fright and a dead bird on the floor is ominous. The house itself is a two story wooden type not used often in tales of this type. It looks moody, as does the servants quarters, there's also a creepy barn with its hayloft and a water well of course. These are genre staples for sure, but Turner gathers all the clichés and gives them a new lease of life in a new period setting. The secret is in the lighting, Turner and Yedlin Brick/Looper light from down low, giving off a wonderful eerie effect as the gang trudge around this place of misery. It may sound like an oxy-moronic statement, but this is one beautifully shot horror film.Then there's the shocks, the boo-jump moments sadly revealed in the trailer for those unfortunate to not see the film first , these are not frequent so as to make the film reliant on them, they are used sparingly and only to advance the plot as the plantation's history literally comes to life. The cast are on fine form Thomas and Washington standing out , working well with a dynamic infused with greed, mistrust, jealousy and racism. Lopez's musical score blends foreboding rumbles with spine chilling shards of noise, while Turner slots in some oblique angles to further enhance the feeling of hopeless disorientation. It may cover familiar ground, that of a bunch of folk in a spooky house being bumped off one by one, with suspicions aroused, but Dead Birds is very much its own animal. Hee, literally. 8/10