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Killing Birds (1987)
"Killing Birds: Raptors" (original title)

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A group of students goes into the woods to study birds, and soon the dead begin to rise to devour the living.

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Cast overview:
Lara Wendel ...
Anne
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Dr. Fred Brown
Timothy W. Watts ...
Steve Porter
Leslie Cumming ...
Mary (as Leslie Cummins)
James Villemaire ...
Paul
Sal Maggiore ...
Brian (as Sal Maggiore Jr.)
James Sutterfield ...
Rob
Lin Gathright ...
Jennifer
Brigitte Paillet ...
Steve's Mother
Nona Paillet ...
Steve's Grandmother
Ellis Paillet ...
Steve's Grandfather
John H. Green ...
Dr. Green
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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

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

19 August 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Zombie 5: Killing Birds  »

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ITL 150,000,000 (estimated)
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(Ultra Stereo)

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(Telecolor)

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2 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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