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Dead Birds -- A group of Confederate soldiers who hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank, and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.

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There are worse things than dying
Plot:
A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Henry Thomas ... William

Patrick Fugit ... Sam

Nicki Aycox ... Annabelle

Michael Shannon ... Clyde

Muse Watson ... Father

Mark Boone Junior ... Joseph

Isaiah Washington ... Todd
Harris Mann ... Jeffy Hollister

Melanie Abramoff ... Girl Ghost

Donna Biscoe ... Black Woman

Brian Bremer ... Hysterical Man

Russell Durham Comegys ... Kormer

David Dwyer ... MacCready
Michael Faella ... Johnson
Steve Green ... Boy Ghost

Douglas M. Griffin ... Blonde Soldier (as Douglas Griffin)

Drew Hall ... Confederate Shooter in Town #2
Evan Hipps ... Dead Boy
Sydney Jones ... Heavily Bandaged Man
Terry Jones ... Weeping Mother

Danny Kamin ... Captain (as Daniel Tucker Kamin)

Mikal Kartvedt ... Buck Toothed Soldier

Ted Manson ... Elderly Teller
Ken McGhee ... Confererate Shooter in Town #1

Michael Purnell ... Preacher / Old Man
Sam Rhymes ... Skinned Slave

Bret Roberts ... Tall Soldier
Terrie Thompson ... Mother

Sam Breslin Wright ... Young Teller

Allan B. Holt ... Bank Security Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robbie ... Dog

Directed by
Alex Turner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Simon Barrett  written by

Produced by
Simon Barrett .... co-producer
Barry Brooker .... executive producer
Jim Busfield .... co-producer
David Hillary .... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... co-executive producer (as Scott Lumpkin)
D. Scott Lumpkin .... line producer (as Scott Lumpkin)
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... producer (as Timothy Peternel)
Ash R. Shah .... producer (as Ash Shah)
Sundip R. Shah .... executive producer (as Sundip Shah)
Laura Warner .... associate producer
Isaiah Washington .... co-producer
Douglas Wroan .... associate producer (as Doug Wroan)
 
Original Music by
Peter Lopez 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Anton 
 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
 
Production Design by
Leslie Keel 
 
Set Decoration by
Chris Maynard 
 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
 
Makeup Department
Christopher Burdett .... creature effects designer
Keith Christensen .... conceptual designer: Almost Human Inc.
Jason Collins .... supervisor: Almost Human, Inc.
Timothy Considine .... on-set makeup artist
Timothy Considine .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Hall .... effects makeup designer
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects artist
Allan B. Holt .... special makeup effects artist
Dean Jones .... key makeup artist
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human Inc
James Ojala .... lab technician: Almost Human
Darnell Shepherd .... hair/lab technician: Almost Human, Inc.
Cerina Silvestro .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
D. Scott Lumpkin .... unit production manager
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Casey .... second assistant director
Nicholas Lee .... first assistant director
Tony Niknejadi .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gino Azurmendi .... on-set dresser
David Betancourt .... carpenter
Margaret Broach .... art intern
Matthew Browning .... art production intern
Christopher Burdett .... conceptual designer
Keith Christensen .... conceptual designer
Christopher Dumas .... set dresser
Sacha A. Dzuba .... set dresser
Jonathon Fuller .... sculptor
April Glover .... set dresser
Tom Humphrey .... property master
Bill Johnson .... props: dead horses
Elvis Jones .... key mechanical designer
Bruce Larsen .... props: dead horses
David Meng .... sculptor
Kevin Naugle .... additional set dresser
Michelle Rolland .... assistant property master
Joachim Seisay .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Mick Davies .... additional boom operator (as Michael B. Davies)
Brendan Davis .... boom operator
Christopher Eakins .... sound effects editor
Christopher Eakins .... supervising sound editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Melissa Lee .... foley assistant
Jamie Lin .... foley editor
John Marquis .... sound designer
John Marquis .... supervising sound editor
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Eryne Prine .... foley supervisor
Pablo Solorzano .... adr mixer
Pablo Solorzano .... foley mixer
Shane Stott .... sound assistant
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jimmy Bradford .... physical effects
Mack Chapman .... physical effects coordinator
Scott Fields .... mold maker
Allan B. Holt .... puppeteer
Mi Na Jeong .... programmer
Elvis Jones .... animatronics: Almost Human
James Ojala .... mold maker
Min Su Park .... special effects director
Brian Rae .... mold maker
 
Visual Effects by
Jong Han Kim .... lead programmer
Min Hee Lee .... compositor
Seung Yong Lee .... lead compositor
Youngki Lee .... visual effects (as Youn Gki Lee)
Sung Oh Moon .... animator
Mi Sun Park .... compositor
Min Su Park .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Robert Lewis Cain .... utility stunts
Christopher Dumas .... stunt double
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... utility stunts (as Billy 'Butch' Frank)
Mikal Kartvedt .... stunts: fight scene
Doug Sloan .... stunt coordinator
C.J. Staats .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian Arangua .... grip
Chris Burgon .... electrician
Lou Chanatry .... director of photography: second unit
Layne Chaney .... crane grip
Colby Damazio .... grip
Eric Damazio .... key grip
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... gang boss
Larry Gianneschi IV .... second assistant camera
Shawn Green .... best boy electric
Shawn Greene .... best boy electric
Vesa Holle .... gaffer
Douglas Kirkland .... still photographer
Greg Lomas .... dolly grip
Cesar Gustavo Quintanilla .... best boy grip (as Cesar G. Quintanilla)
Jonathan E. Robinson .... assistant camera
Michael Weeks .... electrician (as Mike Weeks)
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Jae Lyoung Choi .... animator
Man Hong Han .... animator
Hyun Jin Kim .... animator
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Goldstein .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Joshua Kopple .... local casting
Shannon Makhanian .... casting
Suzanne Massingill .... local casting
Laura Warner .... local casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingrid Armstead .... seamstress
Sacha A. Dzuba .... wardrobe
Al Frisch .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Marie Hélène Desbiens .... negative cutter (as Marie Helene Desbiens)
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Brian Kibbie .... negative cutter (as Brian Kibbe)
 
Transportation Department
Mike Coley .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
Rooster Layton .... transportation captain
George Mills .... transportation
John H. Stephens .... driver
 
Other crew
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Mitch Bryars Jr. .... assistant location manager
J.T. Bush .... production assistant
Rob Cain .... animal wrangler
Timothy Considine .... puppeteer
Sacha A. Dzuba .... production assistant
Mary Florian .... intern
Ashley Givens .... production secretary
Dale Hall .... intern
Drew Hall .... key set production assistant
Joshua Kopple .... assistant to director
Chris Lumpkin .... set production assistant
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor
Maggie Means .... production accountant
William R. Moncrief .... production assistant
Aaron Moring .... intern
Holly Murray .... production assistant
Karen Payne .... assistant production coordinator
Ricky T. Pickerin .... animal trainer
Sam Rhymes .... craft service
Erin Sarofsky .... main title designer
Horst Sarubin .... location manager
Doug Sloan .... head animal wrangler
James Smotherman .... security chief
C.J. Staats .... wrangler
Deborah Taylor .... production coordinator (as Deborah J. Taylor)
Douglas Wroan .... production attorney
Tara Kleinpeter .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dan Walton .... thanks
 

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Rated R for strong violence and gore
Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Video rating) | Germany:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40961)
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Trivia:
Mark Boone Junior improvised the moment when his character Joseph bites down on a stolen gold coin and proclaims that it's real.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the film Dog is hot on Williams tail but as William stops short at seeing the Conferate soldiers Dog is nowhere to be seen.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Showboat & Boonie (2005) (V)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Damnation and Doom at the Plantation of the Dead., 19 May 2013
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Dead Birds is directed by Alex Turner and written by Simon Barrett. It stars Henry Thomas, Nicki Aycox, Isaiah Washington, Patrick Fugit, Michael Shannon, Mark Boone Junior, Harris Mann and Muse Watson. Music is scored by Peter Lopez and cinematography by Steve Yedlin.

1863 and it's the back end of the American Civil War, a group of Confederate deserters rob their own army's gold being delivered to the bank of Fairhope. Leaving a bloody trail in their wake, the group set off for Mexico but must stop for rest and recuperation at a deserted farm mansion over looking a long dead plantation. With a storm moving in and tempers among the thieves running high, it soon becomes evident that something otherworldly resides at the house and the surrounding area…

Dead Birds is a little cracker, a straight to video horror film that to my mind puts to shame some of the big budgeted piles of crap that get released to the multiplexes on a seemingly weekly basis. Of course, horror is very subjective, where along with comedy it forms a pair of genres guaranteed to produce films that will never ever please everyone. Falling into the haunted house sub-genre of horror, Dead Birds, in spite of its unique Civil War period setting, has been lambasted by many a horror fan for not being fresh, that it's a collage of other horror movies. There's some truth to that, but we could level that charge at 98% of horror movies anyway! But Dead Birds (crap title btw) does have a cult fan base, a fan base I'm very much proud to be part of.

Alex Turner, for his first feature length debut, has crafted a haunted house picture that positively pulses with dread, with its slow deliberate pacing and hushed conversational tones, the atmosphere crackles with unease. The opening credits are jet black and rise from the earth like spectral portents of death. Then after the fireworks of the robbery, things settle into a sort of ethereal rhythm. The gang make their way to their doom through a murky landscape until they reach what they don't know is their final destination; the plantation, a place that just reeks of death and disharmony.

The cornfield is long dead and home to a strange creature, the battered old scarecrow looks ripe for a fright and a dead bird on the floor is ominous. The house itself is a two story wooden type not used often in tales of this type. It looks moody, as does the servants quarters, there's also a creepy barn with its hayloft and a water well of course. These are genre staples for sure, but Turner gathers all the clichés and gives them a new lease of life in a new period setting. The secret is in the lighting, Turner and Yedlin (Brick/Looper) light from down low, giving off a wonderful eerie effect as the gang trudge around this place of misery. It may sound like an oxy-moronic statement, but this is one beautifully shot horror film.

Then there's the shocks, the boo-jump moments (sadly revealed in the trailer for those unfortunate to not see the film first), these are not frequent so as to make the film reliant on them, they are used sparingly and only to advance the plot as the plantation's history literally comes to life. The cast are on fine form (Thomas and Washington standing out), working well with a dynamic infused with greed, mistrust, jealousy and racism. Lopez's musical score blends foreboding rumbles with spine chilling shards of noise, while Turner slots in some oblique angles to further enhance the feeling of hopeless disorientation. It may cover familiar ground, that of a bunch of folk in a spooky house being bumped off one by one, with suspicions aroused, but Dead Birds is very much its own animal. Hee, literally. 8/10

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