The midnight movie circuit is flush with what feels like a bumper crop of cringe-worthy camp competing for our ironic affection. One recent entry in this new schlock canon is Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a C-rate horror film whose guerilla marketing tactics at 2009’s Sundance Film Festival helped catapult it to the top of the late-night heap. To Birdemic’s credit, it takes a special kind of talent to update Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds while managing to circumvent the considerable advances in special effects made over the past 45 years. Similar to its low-budget brethren (The Room, Troll 2), Birdemic was written and directed by an ambitious outsider (in this case, one James Nguyen) whose charming mix of gumption and cluelessness gives this otherwise forgettable project some good-natured charm. If Nguyen is interested in a sequel, might I suggest the title “Squawk and Awe?” The script writes itself.
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