'Birdemic: Shock and Terror': Our new, crazy movie obsession

Some movie trailers make you go, “Wow!” Some make you go, “Urgh!” And some make you go, “Wait, what’s going on? This is just a lot of generic silent footage of the countryside. And more generic silent footage of a beach. And yet more generic footage of a town. But, wait! Now the whole screen is full of unexplained explosions and screeching, cheaply animated, birds! I don’t understand. I… DON’T… UNDERSTAND!”

Okay, so only one trailer makes you do that. And that is the trailer for Birdemic: Shock and Terror, the film which answers the question of what Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds would have looked like if it had been made not by Hollywood’s legendary Master of Suspense, but by a mid-level Silicon Valley software salesman.

The salesman in question is James Nguyen, who not only financed BSAT (as subsequent generations will doubtless refer to it) but also wrote, directed, and produced the four-years-in-the-making movie about a couple who are besieged by homicidal birds in a small North California town. That’s right, Nguyen spent four years on Birdemic. Which is pretty much the same amount of time James Cameron took to make Avatar! But was Birdemic shown the love upon its completion? It was not. In fact, last year those morons at Sundance rejected the movie — a decision they may have regretted when Nguyen spent eight days driving around Park City in a fake bird-covered van blasting the sound of eagle attacks and human screams from loudspeakers.

The cult movie grapevine has been buzzing about Birdemic for a while. But yesterday DVD distributors Severin Films put out a formal video announcement that they had acquired the worldwide rights. “Birdemic is truly unlike any other film we’ve seen,” Severin CEO Carl Daft diplomatically announced in a press release. The company is planning a theatrical release for later this year.

I can’t wait. No, literally, I cannot wait. So, I called Severin Films and made them promise to send me a screener asap. They’re also going to put me in touch with Mr Nguyen. One can only imagine what tales he has to tell and/or reasonably-priced software he has to sell. Anyhoo, more details to come.

But, for now, I will leave you with that trailer.

Yes, never mind the Oscar ballots. Here’s Birdemic: Shock and Terror.

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  • whatevs

    I am profoundly disturbed by that trailer. He should’ve sold this to SyFy; it’s right up their alley.

  • rebecca

    is that even a real trailer? it seems like a joke.
    Birds actually do attack us where i live, they have bitten my mom twice. so movies about attack birds kind of creep me out!

    • Clark Collis

      It is a real trailer for a real film. A friend of mine saw the actual movie and told me it was “stunning.” Though, obviously, that word covers a lot of territory. Sorry to hear about the bird attacks.

  • harry

    ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! that is awesome!!!!

  • Todd

    I have a website/group called Hurts So Good Films (http://hsgfilms.com) that wanted to show Birdemic. I was contacted by Mr. Nguyen directly, who ordered me to not show the film, as it was about to be picked up by a “Hollywood film distributor.” I didn’t believe him at the time, but holy cow, it’s true!

    I can pass his email along if you’d like.

    Also, I was able to purchase a DVD of the film through Amazon. Sadly, it looks as if they’re no longer available, what with the Hollywood distribution and all.

  • Mike

    I hope they are hiring the Mystery Science Theater guys as we speak to appear on the DVD.

    • Bernie

      Yes, they have. See Rifftrax.com.

  • darclyte

    Saturday night SyFy movie written ALL over it.

  • Patrick

    Looking forward to this. Heck yeah.

    • mige’l

      im from indonesia,my language us not good but im so surprice about the film..is so funtastic….

  • JT

    What the Frak?

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  • karolina

    Many of my friends where traumatized when we watched “The Birds” for class. I live in a region that is basically all fields and that is in the southern most tip of Texas, so birds naturally migrate here. Its funny how when the crows gather, my friends start cringing.

  • Stella

    Could this possibly measure up to Troll 2 and The Room? I am intrigued…

  • mike

    ummm…is this a joke?

  • David

    i am one of the lucky few who has already seen this film.

    the world is not ready. but i sure am glad severin is putting this out for all to enjoy and ponder its existence.

  • Corey

    I had the privilege to see this last night in NYC. This movie worked for me on SO many levels (though it helps to be a little drunk). The director and stars were present, and were so fun and gracious. I love you James Nguyen!!!

  • Duder


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