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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No one one likes to feel cheated by a movie. You pay your money and spend your time watching one, hoping for it to be worth it. But sometimes what you end up with is a dud you want to toss in the trash. One good way to cheat the audience is to give a film a misleading title. A lot of Italian Horror films were labeled sequels to films they have no connection with. 'Zombi 3' is the only sort of official sequel to Fulci's 'Zombie' Then there was 'Zombie 4: After Death,' which is also bearable. Well, someone thought it would be a bright idea to slap 'Zombie 5' on to a film called 'Killing Birds.' It worked, because many like myself were suckered into watching it.
Pros: Actors do OK. Strong opening 9 minutes. Some parts of the score are good. Lush scenery. Decent gore effects. Atmospheric night scenes. A few effective moments.
Cons: Threadbare plot. A lot of underdeveloped characters. Some parts of the score are cheesy and don't suit the film. Very dated. Some plot holes. Drags terribly between the opening and when the dead finally rise. Anticlimactic end.
Final thoughts: Those hoping for more cheesy zombie movie fun are better off skipping this. The only way this one could be enjoyed is with some friends and alcohol. There are worse ones you could find, but that's faint praise. Even as 'Killing Birds' the film is nothing to right home about.
My rating: 2/5
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