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Friday, March 26, 2021

feathers fly
A new so-bad-it’s-good cult classic is born, out of last year’s Sundance Film Festival of all places. Birdemic: Shock and Terror is the realization of one man’s cinematic vision, bad spelling and all:

Evan Husney, who now works for the independent distributor Severin Films, was also at Sundance in 2009, where he spotted [director James] Nguyen driving a beat-up sport utility vehicle decorated with a prop eagle and fake blood, and blaring bird noises from its stereo.

“On the side of his car,” Mr. Husney said, “he had spelled the name of his own movie wrong. He had spelled it ‘Bidemic,’ without the R.”

Intrigued, Mr. Husney met Mr. Nguyen at a sparsely attended “Birdemic” screening. The movie, Mr. Husney said, looked “like a Super Nintendo game,” adding, “It was, like, the funniest thing I had ever seen in my entire life.”

I keep flubbing the film title myself, thinking it’s “Birdicide”; considering the backstory, I guess I shouldn’t feel bad about mangling it. Maybe I subconsciously think that “Birdicide” is more suggestive of violence, and less avian-flu redolent, than “Birdemic”. Or “Bidemic”, for that matter (which sounds like some kind of disease afflicting, or afflicted by, Vice President Joe Biden).

As for the videogame comparison, I’ll go a couple of steps further back in time: The swooping buzzards pictured above remind me less of Hitchcock’s The Birds and more of the old birds of prey from the coin-op classic “Phoenix”. Only less threatening. Even 8-bit arcade fare probably trumps the not-so-special effects in this flick.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 03/26/2010 01:48pm
Category: Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture, Videogames
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