In Louisiana, a soldier returning from Vietnam finds his wife in bed with her lover and he kills them both as well as a couple of friends, but he is attacked by a bird and he loses his eyes. Years later, the bodies have not been found and the former soldier is now a bird specialist (Dr. Fred Brown) living in a house nearby the swamp. When a group of college students go to the swamp on an assignment to research a species of woodpecker that is almost extinct, they head to Dr. Brown's house to get some tips of how to find the rare bird. They drive through the swamp where they find the house where the murders happened and they decide to stay there. During the night, weird things happen. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Not even "The Man From UNCLE" could save this movie
It's a sad part in any actor's career when they have to resort to this kind of malarky to make the mortgage payments. Thank God Robert Vaughn was able to recover from this mindless excuse for a movie--forget "zombie" movie. And whoever decided to link this to the far-superior Fulci series by tacking "Zombi 5" onto the title needs to be taken out and maimed. A lot. Not only does this bear little-to-no resemblance to Fulci's films, it was made prior to some of them, so to be #5 in a series is pretty stupid in and of itself. The original title doesn't even make sense until the very end--the birds themselves kill only one person. The first 10 minutes or so was quite interesting, I will say that--as long as no one talked. As soon as we "fast forwarded" to the kids at college, it went downhill. Fast. And it's a shame these kids didn't sit at Vaughn's feet for a few months to get a hint of what acting is supposed to be--in that department, he's the only redeeming factor. The plot is stupid, the acting is poor, the deaths take too long and aren't even that good, and you can't wait for these whiny brats to die horribly. Oh well, at least now I can say I've seen it. Now if I can only forget it.
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