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Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987)

Killing Birds: Raptors (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 19 August 1988 (Italy)
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A group of college students go into the woods to study birds. They encounter a strange blind man who's connected to the killer zombies that prowl a dilapidated house deep in the forest.


Claudio Lattanzi (as Claude Milliken), Joe D'Amato (uncredited)


Claudio Lattanzi (story), Sheila Goldberg (story) | 2 more credits »





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


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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Although the direction is credited to Claudio Lattanzi, various sources claim that Joe D'Amato, the movie's producer and cinematographer, was the one who actually directed the movie. See more »


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Really Bad
10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Killing Birds (1987)

* (out of 4)

Incredibly bad, cheesy Italian horror film that's nothing more than a rip of Night of the Living Dead (again). A group of college kids travel to the Louisiana bayou for research and come under attack by zombies. There's also a side plot with a knife welding maniac and killing birds but none of this makes any sense. The gore footage is pretty good but the rest of the film is a real drag. Robert Vaughn has a small role in the film but adds nothing.

On DVD under the title Zombie 5 Killing Birds. Joe D'Amato directed some of the footage.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

19 August 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie 5: Killing Birds See more »


Box Office


ITL150,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmirage, Flora Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ultra Stereo)


Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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