It’s only appropriate that I follow up my review of The Room with a trailer for the next maddening midnight contender. This is Birdemic: Shock and Terror, described as a “romantic thriller” by its director, James Nguyen, it seems to be an amateurish tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic siege flick, The Birds. The trailer runs a mean two minutes long, half of which is a series of long panning shots of idyllic California seasides and communities. This trailer conceals a suckerpunch full of crazy, though. When it reveals its true intentions, the resultant footage looks like any given Geocities website circa 1999. Screeching birds hover above a cityscape, defying the laws of gravity, occasionally swooping into the city and exploding in magnificent fireballs! Sold yet?
I was fairly certain that this was some kind of spoof until I did the research and learned about the bizarre history of this picture. Just secured by one of my favorite DVD boutiques, Severin Films, Birdemic was shot over the course of four years, funded exclusively by director Nguyen’s salary as a software salesman. When rejected by Sundance, Nguyen decked out a van in fake birds, blood and ads for the movie and drove around the Sundance theaters blasting the sounds of screaming humans and bird attacks. Needless to say, this ballsy move on behalf of film marketing turned heads.
BIRDEMIC, described by Nguyen as “a romantic thriller,” is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. BIRDEMIC also tackles topical issues of global warming, avian flu, world peace, organic living, sexual promiscuity and lavatory access.
Severin plans to release the movie on DVD and Blu but before they do, they’ll be premiering on February 27th at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles in a theater made up to look like an actual aviary and hosted by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, big fans of totally crazy cinema.
Want some more? Here’s another scene: