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Birdemic: Shock and Terror is 2009 horror/drama film regarding large groups of acid filled, explosive eagles and vultures that attack the residents of Silicon Valley. Though universally panned by critics, the film gained a cult following, leading to more widespread distribution in 2010.
Birdemic was written and directed by James Nguyen. The film was loosely based on the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds. The film follows a young couple as they try to escape a large groups of homicidal birds. After promoting his film during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January of 2009, Nguyen sold the film to Severin Films in early 2010. The film premiered in LA on February 27th, 2010. The film had its UK premiere in London on May 28th, 2010, after showing in several US cities throughout the spring. Its sequel Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, which follows a filmmaker and actress trying to survive a deadly bird attack, was released online on April 16th, 2013.
The film was panned by critics, earning it a rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 1.9 on IMDB – tied for the third lowest score on the database. The criticism covered almost every aspect of the movie, though critics were especially censorious of the CGI bird antagonists, which were horribly designed and animated, and as well as how the birds only appeared well after 40 minutes into the movie.
On Jun 27th, 2012, YouTuber and movie reviewer JonTronShow uploaded a video titled “Birdemic: The Best Worst Movie Ever” examining why the movie, in spite of its flaws, had merit much like The Room.
On April 8th, 2014, Cinema Sins uploaded a video to their YouTube channel titled “Everything Wrong With Birdemic: Shock & Terror.” While their series normally indicates a specific time frame the video will work within (for example in five minutes or less) this video is set it fill “an awful lot of minutes,” indicating the film has many more issues than normal. Birdemic had a final sin count of 203, one of the highest in the series, excluding some instalments which feature ‘bonus rounds’, in which the score rises into the high millions. The video gained over 590,000 views in less than a week.
An article was released on the Cinema Sins website addressing several pre-empted complaints from fans. It primarily explained that this movie is to be taken seriously because it was supposed to be serious, unlike other intentionally bad films and parodies. It also defined the core reasons behind Birdemic’s failure in a nutshell to be “Bad editing, bad acting, bad writing, and too much ambition.”
Cinema Sins – Birdemic: Shock & Terror – Unintentionally Terrible