Quick DVD Review – ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’

So, it’s finally come to this.

‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’.

A moment of silence ensues.

‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’.

Another moment of silence ensues.

Yes, this is a real thing. This is claimed to be one of the worst films of all time. In fact, according to the back of the DVD I’ve got, CBS Sunday Morning claims it as “The Best Worst Movie of All Time!” After seeing reviews for it as well as seeing the film itself, I definitely believe that claim to be true. 🙂

‘Birdemic’ was the second Christmas present I received from my best mate Stephen last year (the first being ‘Howard the Duck’). I had fun watching this American independent film. I’m also amazed by how incredibly awful the film is from the acting, the directing, the editing to the visual effects. 🙂

The film was written and directed by James Nguyen, who was inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds’ to tell a romantic thriller involving two main characters that live in their small town in North California. The film also has this environmental message in it as well as birds attacking people.

What’s interesting is that the director James Nguyen didn’t think he was making a bad film. He thought he was making a good film. This is quite astonishing considering the amount of bad editing, not just in terms of film cuts and transitions but also with the noticeable audio cut-outs throughout.

It’s also not helped when you see the birds attacking people. The birds look really fake; as they’re just photos inserted into the film and not CGI as you would expect. The birds also happen to explode when dive-bombing. I’m not sure why the birds would be dive-bombing, exploding and dropping yellow acid either.

The tone of the film is very inconsistent too. For the film’s first half, it’s mostly a romance between the two main leads – Alan Bagh as Rod and Whitney Moore as Nathalie. By the time we get to the second half, it’s ‘all-out attack’ from the fake birds with no reasoning behind why they would attack.

Well, I take that back. There is a sort-of reason for it, as apparently its global warming or something like that that’s causing the birds to attack. I wish I could take that seriously, but it sounds ridiculously comical, especially when the acting is awkward and the character development is really off by a mile.

The romance plot, the ‘birds attacking’ plot and the environmental message plot don’t match with each other. The film also looks cheap-looking, especially with the poor quality footage not helped by the awful visual effects, film editing and sound editing. It’s incredible to witness as you watch the film. 🙂

In terms of the actors, I must say I really like Whitney Moore’s performance as Nathalie as she’s genuinely trying with the material she’s been given, as she plays a sexy lingerie model. Alan Bagh’s acting however…well, how can one put this politely?…he might be better playing an android in ‘Star Trek’. 😀

I’m not kidding! His acting is so monotone and lifeless that it’s almost laughable when you watch him playing Rod, who’s a successful software salesman. I don’t know what Nathalie sees in him, especially when he lacks charisma and he tends to be on the level of creepy stalker type around her.

I don’t think the romance is quite well-handled in the way James Nguyen wants it to be viewed by audiences. I’ve never found it easy when I want to impress a girl at school. 😀 Also, the constant successes the characters have in the film’s first half are laughable. The clapping scenes are hilarious.

The cast also includes Janae Caster as Susan, Colton Osborne as Tony, Danny Webber as Rick, Catherine Batcha as Becky, Mona Lisa Moon as Mai, Adam Sessa as Ramsey and Patsy van Ettinger as Nathalie’s mother. There’s also a clip of Tippi Hendren from ‘The Birds’ film in this film’s background.

So yes! ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’ is a very bad film. From its acting, film editing, sound editing, visual effects, story and inconsistent tone, ‘Birdemic’ is an incredible achievement of being one of the worst films ever made in our history. But (and I know you think I’m crazy), I highly recommend it!

This is a film you have to see to believe it, whether on DVD or YouTube. It’s a delightful enjoyable mess that has a certain charm about it. Maybe you won’t see it in the same light as I do, but I recommend you checking this film out to see whether it’s for you or not. It’s certainly an incredible experience.

And yes, I’m aware that a second film called ‘Birdemic 2: The Resurrection’ is out and a third film called ‘Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle’ is in the making. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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