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


Alex Turner


Simon Barrett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... William
Patrick Fugit ... Sam
Nicki Aycox ... Annabelle
Michael Shannon ... Clyde
Muse Watson ... Father
Mark Boone Junior ... Joseph
Isaiah Washington ... Todd
Harris Mann 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 Michael Faella ... Johnson
Steve Green Steve Green ... Boy Ghost


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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There are worse things than dying

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore | See all certifications »

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This film is set around the Civil War period:(1863) See more »


When Annabelle is alone in the upstairs bedroom, and the closet door opens, a crew member's hand holding a stick to push open the door is clearly visible. See more »


Clyde: [about William] If he thinks he's sharing our loot with that nigger, he's got another thing coming!
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Referenced in Making 'Dead Birds' (2005) See more »

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17 September 2004 | by senschickSee all my reviews

I thought the pacing was excellent! I was hooked from the very beginning when the first possie of soldiers road into town.

Really great. Ominous. The music was fantastic. So much so that I wanted a mute button because it got me shaking in my seat. The acting was strong - I had a soft spot for Michael Shannon - he has a Christopher Walkeness about him:) I have to tell you that I hid my eyes every time the music reved up for a "BOO" moment so I didn't see all the special effects!!!

I was with a friend who is a big horror fan and he said that he really enjoyed it.

So would I tell my friends to see this movie? the ones that I know are Thriller/horror fans YES!

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Release Date:

13 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Birds See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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