Every now and then we come across something that is so ... odd ... that it immediately qualifies as noteworthy, if not completely awesome, and so it is with Birdemic: Shock and Terror, an indie horror movie, which you can preview below.
Judge for yourself, but there's something weirdly hypnotic about the combination of bad acting, bad lighting, coat hangers, ludicrous visual effects and Silicon Valley jargon.
This movie clearly transcends the usual parameters of good and bad, much in the way that, say, Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space does. Entertainment Weekly says the movie "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 trailer undercuts your expectations, to put it mildly, so much so that it caught the attention of Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, who tweeted:
See if you can guess where this trailer is going. Then bask in the glory of where it DOES.
The movie will debut in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. Below is the official announcement.
What do you think of Birdemic? Are you shocked? Awed?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TIM AND ERIC TO HOST WORLD PREMIERE OF BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR
ON FEBRUARY 27TH IN LOS ANGELES
Severin Films Partners with The Cinefamily to
Debut James Nguyens Romantic Thriller
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 10, 2010 Severin Films (severin-films.com/) today announced that Tim and Eric, creators and stars of Adult Swim sketch comedy show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, will host the highly-anticipated world premiere of BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR (www.birdemic.com), on February 27th at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles, California. Following the screening, Tim and Eric will lead a Q&A with writer/producer/director James Nguyen and stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore. Severin is working on transforming the theater into a temporary aviary with epic displays of BIRDEMIC special effects, props and costumes that will put the Smithsonian to shame. An EPK video for BIRDEMIC can be viewed at vimeo.com/9082600. Fans can connect with BIRDEMIC on Facebook (facebook.com/birdemic), Twitter (twitter.com/birdemic) and the Web (www.birdemic.com).
Finally, Birdemic will have its proper and much-deserved debut, said Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. Modern comedy legends, Tim and Eric, are beyond generous to host Severins world premiere of the film--we cant think of a more fitting introduction to this night of groundbreaking cinema.
BIRDEMIC, described by Nguyen as a romantic thriller, is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. BIRDEMIC also tackles topical issues of global warming, avian flu, world peace, organic living, sexual promiscuity and lavatory access.
Nguyen, a 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee, wrote, cast and shot the film over the course of four years using salary from his day job as a mid-level software salesman in Silicon Valley. The film pays homage to Hitchcocks THE BIRDS via location shooting in Mission Bay, California, as well as an appearance by star of THE BIRDS Tippi Hedren (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippi_Hedren). When rejected for an official screening slot at Sundance, Nguyen spent eight days driving up and down the festivals nearby streets in a van covered with fake birds, frozen blood and BIRDEMIC posters, while loudspeakers blared the sounds of eagle attacks and human screams. The tactic caught the attention of festival organizers, filmgoers and local police, as well as executives from Severin Films. Severins executives walked into a screening, took one look at Nguyens masterwork, and immediately locked up BIRDEMICs worldwide rights for the next twenty years. Discussions are currently underway for Severin to add an additional thirty years to the initial agreement.
About Severin Films
Severin Films was formed in May 2006 with offices in Los Angeles and London. Hailed as cheerfully perverse folks by the New York Times, the label is dedicated to restoring and releasing the most provocative and controversial features from around the world for DVD and Blu-ray. Their previous successes include Enzo Castellaris original action classic THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS; Richard Stanleys HARDWARE; THE SINFUL DWARF; lifetime Goya Award winner Jess Francos MACUMBA SEXUAL and BLOODY MOON; Walerian Borowczyks IMMORAL WOMEN; the unrated Directors Cut of GWENDOLINE starring Tawny Kitaen; and Oscar® nominee Patrice Lecontes international hits THE HAIRDRESSERS HUSBAND and THE PERFUME OF YVONNE.