Dead Birds (2004)

If you are looking for a body count and buckets of blood, look elsewhere, but if you are in the mood of a character driven film with a slow but creepy build, DEAD BIRDS will not disappoint. A band of Civil War-era thieves take refuge in a secluded farmhouse, but the sins of the past catch up with them as the men encounter a swarm of demons that have taken permanent residence in the location. The film uses a minimalist score that sends shivers down the spine as ambient sounds drone in the background while the characters search dimly lit hallways with faceless demons hiding in the shadows. The creature designs can best be described as amorphous humanoid blobs with black voids for eyes and razor sharp teeth and claws. Though the film isn't FX heavy, the scenes where we do encounter these terrors are frightening and intriguing at the same time. There are many surreal and nightmarish sequences that demand repeat viewings for the viewer to unlock the true meaning behind, while figuring out how the dead birds play into the picture. This is a solid Indie effort with high production values and a great cast, well worth seeking out for anyone that hasn't seen it yet!

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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  1. Cool review Carl. Another blog I visited recently also reviewed this favourably. I keep seeing it in my local video store - so will definitely rent it when next I go there. Sounds like a quiet slow-burning and spooky film. My favourite. Cheers. :)

  2. I hope you do, James, and I will also be reviewing the director's companion film RED SANDS shortly, which is a similarly themed film that occurs in the sands of the Middle East in modern times.