The Horror That Is "Birdemic: Shock And Terror"

Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Monday, April 12, 2010
Oh. My. God. Remember the trailer for Julie and Jack, the movie that looks so awful that it makes you want to smash your head against a brick wall? Well, the makers of that film (which I have managed to avoid seeing for fear of inducing self-inflicted pain, even though the trailer promises a mind-boggling special appearance by Tippi Hedren) also made Birdemic: Shock and Terror, another serious effort (yup, it's not a joke!) whose trailer will make your jaw drop. Watch:



You want true behind-the-scenes story of Birdemic: Shock and Terror? This is straight from the YouTube description:

BIRDEMIC, described by [James] 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.

Nguyen, a 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee, wrote, cast and shot the film over the course of four years using salary from his day job as a mid-level software salesman in Silicon Valley. The film pays homage to Hitchcock's THE BIRDS via location shooting in Mission Bay, California, as well as an appearance by star of THE BIRDS Tippi Hedren. When rejected for an official screening slot at Sundance, Nguyen spent eight days driving up and down the festivals nearby streets in a van covered with fake birds, frozen blood and BIRDEMIC posters, while loudspeakers blared the sounds of eagle attacks and human screams. The tactic caught the attention of festival organizers, filmgoers and local police, as well as executives from Severin Films. Severins executives walked into a screening, took one look at Nguyens masterwork, and immediately locked up BIRDEMIC's worldwide rights for the next twenty years. Discussions are currently underway for Severin to add an additional thirty years to the initial agreement.

I'm not entirely sure who's fooling who here. And if you look on the movie's IMDb page, Tippi Hedren's credit is actually marked "archive footage." Seriously.

What the fuck is going on here?!
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1 Comment

  1. Brent Rose Said,

    This is amazing on so many different levels. He's "The Master of Romantic Thrillers"? They used a "imdb.com user review" for the trailer? The song, birdemic? I don't know. It's all so good it's almost too much for me to handle.

     



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