Film Review: Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Release Date: February 27th, 2010 (Los Angeles premiere)
Directed by: James Nguyen
Written by: James Nguyen
Music by: Andrew Seger
Cast: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Janae Caster, Colton Osborne, Adam Sessa, Tippi Hedren (archive footage)

Moviehead Pictures, Severin Films, 93 Minutes


“Squaaah! Squaaah! Squaaah!” – every bird in the movie

Birdemic: Shock and Terror is one of those movies that is famous for being absolutely terrible. In a way it is similar to The Room in that regard but it is actually a much worse film than that Tommy Wiseau accidental masterpiece. In fact, Birdemic is like a remake of The Birds directed by Wiseau but if he had half the talent. Yeah, it’s that bad.

The worst thing about this film isn’t the awful effects and atrocious acting, it is the over the top preachy bits about global warming and environmentalism. While it makes sense to tap into that to some degree, it is displayed and handled so terribly that the message loses its impact.

But then again, nothing in this film is really done in an effective manner and the only impact this movie made was in its extreme level of awfulness.

While some movies are so damn bad that they become enjoyable, this one really isn’t. I had to watch the version with RiffTrax riffing, as Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett at least made it tolerable enough to get through. I can’t imagine sitting through this without the riffing, as the opening credits sequence alone made me turn off the original version of the film when I tried to power through it.

This film has the worst visual effects I have ever seen. I’d rather the filmmaker use taxidermied eagles on fishing line than to ever attempt his brand of CGI effects again. But I guess he made a sequel to this, which I will probably eventually watch with great reluctance.

Man, this film is friggin’ godawful.

And yes, this turd is getting tossed into the Cinespiria Shitometer. The results read, “Type 1 Stool: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass).”

Rating: 0.75/10

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