Somebody has clearly taken a great deal of trouble to curate these clips from a wide range of films spanning several decades, some of which I had not even thought of as 'horror' before. The clips are accompanied by a drifting, almost dreamy monologue from a disembodied female voice that curls around the images, only occasionally linking to them before setting out on a new meander. Some relatively rarely seen clips include Peter Lorre in an early German-language role, and other reminders that black and white did not always mean monochrome. While it was fun to try to recognise the clips before the captions identified them, and nice to see the original titles used, it was frustrating that the English names by which such classics as Spirit of the Beehive are widely known were not included. My Japanese was not enough to help me track down some tantalising treats. More frustrating though, and the film's ultimate failure to break through to me as a viewer, was that the clips never quite reached the exciting bits. It is curiously unfulfilling to spend this long building tension but never finding release. Is the essence of The Birds really encapsulated by an indoor scene, curtains closed, where the only avian actors are two caged parrots?
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