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Dead Birds (2004)

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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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Alex Turner

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Simon Barrett
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Cast

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
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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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There are worse things than dying


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa dos Pássaros Mortos See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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This film was shot in 21 days. 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: [about William] If he thinks he's sharing our loot with that nigger, he's got another thing coming!
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Not bad, but not great either... a wasted opportunity!
20 March 2006 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In the wonderfully bloodthirsty opening to Dead Birds, a gang of ruthless criminals hold up a bank, killing everyone inside and getting away with a fortune in Confederate gold. They travel to a deserted farmhouse, where they intend to spend the night, before travelling to Mexico to share their ill-gotten gains.

But, in the tradition of many a horror film, this particular house is home to some hideous demons, unleashed by the owner in a black-magic ritual gone wrong.

Director Alex Turner is content to take his time building the tension and setting the mood, and this is perhaps his undoing; by the time he is ready to unleash the demons and let the horror truly begin, the audience has had to sit through far too much chatter from the thieves and watch their aimless wandering around the spooky old house. A few effective shocks (using pretty good CGI FX) are thrown in to liven up the proceedings, but it just isn't enough – even a few more gory moments do little to improve matters.

After a promising start, I thought I had discovered a real treat. Alas, it turned out to be nothing more than a so-so affair.


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