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Dead Birds (2004)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller, Western  |  13 February 2005 (USA)
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A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.

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In Civil War-era Alabama, a band of outlaws takes refuge at an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank that held a cache of Confederate gold. Led by William, the group includes Sam, Todd, Annabelle, Clyde and Joseph. They intend to flee to Mexico, but nightfall and a thunderstorm force the robbers to remain in place. As the night wears on, each member of the group begins to have visions of the atrocities that occurred within the house. As supernatural forces begin to manifest themselves, the six turn on one another. Written by Anonymous

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The opening scenes in the town which include the bank robbery were filmed during the last two days of shooting. See more »

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In the barn, when Annabelle, Todd and William discover the dead horses. Annabelle's hair changes from in front to behind her and back again between shots. See more »

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Clyde: If he
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Clyde: thinks he's sharing our loot with that ni**er, he's got another thing coming!
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Better than expected--well-made and scary
19 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

After robbing a bank (quite violently I might add), a group of crooks head out to an abandoned Alabama farm house, but strange goins' ons' begin to occur, and one by one, the crooks get killed off in gory ways. Once in a while, you pick up a film you've never heard prior to seeing it in the videostore that turns out a hundred times better than you expect. "Dead Birds" is one such film, or it was for me at least.

The acting is all-around great. The cast is also unusually good for a DTV horror film, including Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York) and Nicki Lynn Aycox(Jeepers Creepers 2).

Director Alex Turner has done a fantastic job with his directional debut. The film has a terrific atmosphere and a great, polished look. He handles the scary moments like a pro and I plan to keep my eye on any future projects from Mr. Turner, he obviously has quite a bit of talent.

The production values were excellent. The make-up and creature effects were great and the period costumes, sets, etc. are very convincing. Kudos to the entire crew on this one for managing to transcend their low-budget roots and pulling off a thoroughly believable, impressive-looking film on all levels.

The score, by Peter Lopez, was great. Very ambient, haunting and scary as hell; I'd like to own the soundtrack and hope to hear more of Lopez's work in the future.

A great horror movie. Slick, scary, well-made and acted, "Dead Birds" is a flick all horror fans will enjoy. Definitely deserves a place along with "Saw" and "Dawn of the Dead" as one of the best horror films of 2004.

8.5/10.


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