family named the Hockens moves into a
beachhouse at East Coast Island trying to
forget the tragedy of what happened to
their son in an accident and trying to
raise their two little girls named Jill
(Stephanie Milford) and Joanna (Megan
Gallacher) they best they can. But
however the Mom named May (Chelsea Field)
has a new job and her employee named
Frank (James Naughton) seems to have eyes
for her and acts incredibly charming
towards her during their summertime at
Her husband Ted (Brad Johnson) gets
suspicious that Jill might be having an
affair. Yet, the family has a bigger fear
as it seems there's some birds attacking
them where they live and even invades a
bedroom of their daughters while they
just healed an injured bird they kept as
Ted tries to warn some locals but only a
gorcery store clerk named Helen (Tippi
Hedren) seems to believe his story that
these birds are vicous while others think
it's just a coincedence.
Yet they meet an old timer named Karl
(Jan Rubes) who lives nearby in a
lighthouse who clamied this has happened
decades ago that gripped the West Coast.
Due to this the family tries to struggle
to keep their windows boarded up and in
their house at night since this is when
the birds mainly attack but even that
doesn't stop them as they seem to be
powerful enough to break through
The film shows a good
beginning with a a fisherman and a bunch
of birds attacking him with good close up
shots on his face. We have many good takes on seagulls near
a sandy beach.
There's a good camera shot on the lead character Ted on a ladder painting an
outdoor light lamp and then a camera shot
zooming in on him with a seagull swooping
at him and him falling off a ladder.
We have some good moments with the two children Jill and Joanna at a beach collecting
sanddollars and then spotting a dead
seagull along with a corpse.
We have a good camera shot on Ted in a kitchen window with a crow
zooming in and biting his face.
There's a good discussion between Ted and an employee in
a corner store discussing the birds
attacking which looked very effective.
There's a nice emotional dialogue between Ted and May about
staying at the beach house as well as
mentioning their dead son with good close
up shots on the two of them.
We spot a nice scene with both Jill and Joanna trying to run
after their pet bird running downstairs
and a nice discussion later on with their Mom explaining to them that the bird got
better and now wants to be free.
We spot many good discussions between May with Frank trying to act flirtatious and charming
with her as well as a good close up shot
on them nearly kissing one another.
We have a good angle shot on some pigeons
cooing and sitting on a top rail of a
kids swing set.
We have a nice shot on the little bird
near some drapes tapping on the window
with both Jill and Joanna getting out of bed to open their window
and put their bird in it's cage acting
happy that it came back and then a great
shot on pigeons and seagulls flying in
the room and attacking with great
reactions on the girls screaming and then Ted coming in trying to battle
the birds which looked incredibly
suspenseful. I felt sad what
happens when it encounters some deadly
birds flying into the little girls' room.
So yet the story can seem disturbing when
necessary but it doesn't have Hitchcock's feel to it that's all.
There's a nice moment between Ted and May first thing in the
morning discussing to go for a swim in
the ocean with them running to the beach.
We have many good shots on Karl in
his lighthouse and being terrorised by
the birds attacking him.
There's also a good shot on Jill slowly walking with her dog to her house
and the birds watching her then some
swooping down and later on attacking with Ted trying to get her as well as
good disturbing shots on the dog being
constantly bitten by the birds. We later
have good shots on the birds trying to
break through the boarded up windows with
the family reacting scared.
We have many good shots on people trying
to catch a boat with some birds attacking
and shots on people firing at them with
their shot gun along with some water on
fire during a gasoline spill packing the
Bottom line is that I kinda wonder if
this really is a sequel to Hitchcock's original 1962 classic as
there's nothing mentioned on what
happened in the town beforehand. It
seemed like a remake with some different
happenings. It's fun to watch as I
enjoyed TV and cable movies but yet the
story doesn't go anywhere all that much.
Oh well they tried. At the same time I
wasn't a fan of the original film either.
There is nice settings with a disturbed
family couple trying to forget the past
about their son passing away and trying
to be there for their daughters. There's
also a good impression if the couple will
stick together as there's a womaniser
working with the wife and she almost
seems to give in to him.
The acting is
quite good as lead actor Brad Johnson (Ted) knew how to portray a frusterated and
troubled family man in the film with good
energy and anger when he needed to be in
many scene's of the film. We have a good reaction on him acting frusterated while he tries to
warn someone and the rest about the birds
attacking. He brought out
alot of character in his performance.
Chelsea Field (May) who played his wife
was also good with her troubled emotions
and was good crying on set when needed to
as well as doing her job playing a
comforting mother too. She does a great job quarrelling at someone in a scene which looked incredibly aggressive. She does well in a scene jumping in for a swim and acting full of life which looked
James Naughton (Frank) really brought his
charming attitude to life and his
flirtatious behavior as an employee in
the film. He stood out quite well in the
story. He really reminds me of someone
who is a total desperate womaniser.
Jan Rubes (Karl) does his job as an
intimidating eccentric old timer living
at the lighthouse and then showing he is
warmhearted which is a good part for a
horror film like this and he made sure
that he came across with this type of
role too. A total elderly man next door
kind of appeal. I found this character to
be my favorite in the story. Does very well
welcoming the family with a large fish
for dinner and nice dialogues with him
telling some tales which looked quite
We have a special appearance by Tippi
Hedren (Helen) from the original film but
yet her character name is different so it
makes me wonder if she's playing a
different part. Well she brought a nice
friendliness attitude as a grocery store
clerk expressing nice speaking to her
Many people's eyes
are plucked out by the birds
We have some slaughtered birds
A dog is badly bitten by a bunch of birds
There's the odd bloodshed on victims
caused by the birds
A birds is shot to pieces
We have many good
peaceful clarinet playing for many of the
scene's that were supposed to look
pleasant along with some piano sounds.
There's some good suspense with the music
too for when the birds attack composed by Ron Ramin.