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James Nguyen’s Birdemic: Shock And Terror has been mentioned in the same breath as Plan 9 From Outer Space and Troll 2. A “romantic thriller” homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the film was a cult success, and now—surprise! surprise!—news has hit the web saying that there will be a sequel. And, of course, it’s gonna be in 3-D! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Allan Dart)
One day, I am going to channel my inner Dante Alighieri, and like any good hack, copy his nine rings of hell from his “Inferno” to create my own categorization, “The Nine Circles of Movie Hell.” With this list, I will rightfully place all of the “Bad” Movies in the spot in which they are truly deserving of, with no sarcastic exaggeration utilized. Even something as disagreeably idiotic as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen would only be placed in the first or second ring, next to box-office bombs like From Justin To Kelly, etc. Further down the list, you might see something by Rob Schneider in the fifth or sixth tier. With no doubt, the 8th ring of Movie Hell would be occupied by championed crap-movies like Troll 2, and the Gandalf of trash, Manos: The Hands of Fate.
However, in the 9th circle of Hell, occupying the most important »
- Nick Allen
Birdemic, described by director James Nguyen as a romantic thriller, is a story about a young couple falling in love against the backdrop of a batshit insane tale of a town under siege by homicidal eagles! Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (in fact The Birds actress Tippi Hedren makes a cameo in the film in stock footage), the film also tackles topical issues such as global warming and world peace, all wrapped up in a film so inept that you’ll leave the film with the hugest grin on your face. We’ve all heard the phrase “so bad it’s good”, well Birdemic is the epitomy of that phrase!
Where to begin reviewing a film like Birdemic? It’s script? Garbage. It’s actors? Terrible, however the blonde female lead (Whitney Moore »
It's been ridiculed everywhere, but James Nguyen's labour of love is anti-mainstream film-making at its most convincing
The question "What movies are you looking forward to?" is common enough in chats about film, but I've struggled with it this year. Over the past couple of months, however, I've found the answer: Birdemic: Shock And Terror.
Birdemic is already being hailed as one of the worst films ever made: the acting, dialogue, special effects, pretty much everything about it has been held up to ridicule. But while I am sure I'll be giggling along with the rest of the audience at the movie's shortcomings, that's not why I'm looking forward to it. I like what it represents. It's a truly independent production in times when "indie film" means as much as "indie music" – a tag, a label far removed from its original meaning; all the major studios have long had their fake indie imprints. »
- Phelim O'Neill
Animate The World, London
Disney, Pixar and co might dominate the mainstream, but beyond Hollywood, many countries now have the technology to make up-to-date animated features with local flavour. In Japan, that means a riotous CGI kids' oddity like Yona Yona Penguin; for France, literary family fantasy Eleanor's Secret; and for Scandinavia, grim Orwellian sci-fi Metropia. As well as animation for all ages here, there are "live animation" performances from theatre group Paper Cinema and make-your-own workshops. Recommended for the grown-up are a focus on Czech genius Karel "Munchhausen" Zeman and Summer Wars, the latest from Mamoru Hosoda.
Barbican Screen, EC2, Sat to Thu
Birdemic/The Room, London
The gods of transcendently crap cinema must be toying with us. By some ironic fate, this Friday Londoners are offered not one but two of the greatest "trashterpieces" of recent times. At the Curzon, it's the UK premiere of Birdemic: Shock And Terror, »
- Steve Rose
Film fans in the UK will soon be able to feast their eyes on the sheer brain-melting cinematic incompetence of James Nguyen’s “modern classic” Birdemic as Severin Films today announced the UK premiere will take place at The Curzon Soho in London on May 28th.
From the Press Release:
“Severin Films has received countless emails and phone calls from fans across the world, demanding that Birdemic: Shock And Terror be brought to their town,” said Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. “We are very happy to announce that the greatest avian-based romantic thriller since The Birds will be getting its proper debut in the UK. Our only concern is…who will survive?”
Birdemic, described by director James Nguyen as “a romantic thriller,” is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. Birdemic also »
Hot on the heels of sold-out screenings across the U.S, Severin Films today announced the highly-anticipated UK premiere of cult sensation, Birdemic: Shock And Terror. The film, which BBC World News says is “rapidly gaining cult hit status,” and Channel 5 News says is “causing a sensation in America” will premiere at The Curzon Soho in London on 28 May 2010, with further screenings have confirmed for Nottingham and Bradford before the film rolls out nationwide. Says Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films”
Severin Films has received countless emails and phone calls from fans across the world, demanding that Birdemic: Shock And Terror be brought to their town. We are very happy to announce that the greatest avian-based romantic thriller since The Birds will be getting its proper debut in the UK. Our only concern is…who will survive?
Having just seen Birdemic: Shock and Terror, we can honestly say that it's like nothing you've ever experienced. Words completely failed me by the film's end, and I was sure of only one thing - I had just had the funniest, most awesomely bad experience of my entire life!
Thanks to constant championing by sites like Bloody Disgusting (much like we did with Paranormal Activity), the little flick is developing quite a name for itself both here and abroad. In fact click here for a video examination of the phenomenon from the UK.
The good news? More theatres have picked up this flick for a limited run so you, too, can experience the insanity!
From the Press Release
Severin Films has received countless emails and phone calls from fans across the continent, demanding that ‘Birdemic: Shock And Terror’ be brought to their town,” said Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. »
- Uncle Creepy
Move over, Plan 9 From Outer Space and Troll 2—there’s a new best-worst movie in town! Birdemic: Shock And Terror has shocked and delighted critics and audiences alike (see our review here) as it has made its way across the big screen. Officially rejected from Sundance 2009 but already a cult favorite, it’s continuing to invade cities across the U.S. (including special midnight encore screenings this weekend at New York City’s IFC Center). After a recent showing, Fango got to sit down with director James Nguyen to find out about the origins of this unique cinematic experience. »
- email@example.com (Theresa Dillon)
Ten thousand dollars straight from director James Nguyen’s wallet was all it took to make the “romantic thriller” Birdemic: Shock And Terror. And it’s obvious. There are no Michael Bay-esque explosions, no James Cameron-style computerized special effects and no 3-D animation to give the film that extra punch. But there is a fun storyline, lots of birds and plenty of laughs all around. None of the laughs were meant to be intentional, of course, but it’s that unintended humor that has led Birdemic to soar to great cult heights, with some even saying it’s the new Plan 9 From Outer Space. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Theresa Dillon)
Press Release Severin Films today announced the acquisition of all worldwide rights to Birdemic: Shock And Terror, the new feature from writer/producer/director James Nguyen. Described by Nguyen as “a romantic thriller”, the film is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. Birdemic also tackles topical issues of global warming, avian flu, world peace, organic living, sexual promiscuity and lavatory access. An Epk video for Birdemic can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/9082600. Nguyen, a 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee, wrote, cast and shot the film over the course of four years using salary from his day job as a mid-level software [...] »
- Anna Robinson
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh until you cry. Yes, folks, the official trailer for James Nguyen's disasterpiece Birdemic is finally here! You just try and stave off its allure!
From the Press Release
"Severin Films today announced that Tim and Eric, creators and stars of Adult Swim sketch comedy show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, will host the highly-anticipated world premiere of Birdemic: Shock And Terror, on February 27th at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles, California. Following the screening, Tim and Eric will lead a Q&A with writer/producer/director James Nguyen and stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore. Severin is working on transforming the theater into a temporary aviary with epic displays of Birdemic special effects, props and costumes that will put the Smithsonian to shame. An Epk video for Birdemic can be viewed here. Fans can connect with Birdemic on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter. »
- Uncle Creepy
4 February 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The film revolves around a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. Paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," "Birdemic" includes an appearance by "Birds" star Tippi Hedren.
Severin is planning a limited theatrical release later this year. »
- By Gregg Kilday
13 items from 2010
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