Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Directed by Alex Turner, Dead Birds is actually a very effective film. I will say this, the trailer makes it WAY scarier than it actually is. But that's not to say it doesn't have some fine moments.
After a botched bank Robbery where a teller is killed, a group of outlaws escape their pursuers by hiding out in an old abandoned Plantation house....where, systematically, they are picked off one by one by it's ghostly inhabitants.
The film is quite good, however it lacks in the scare department....there is lots of suspense, but the pay off isn't there. I found myself, about 2/3rds of the way through, getting a little bored and tuning out, and trying to figure out where it was going...however there is a great twist ending (Which I wont spoil) that, while not scary, was very interesting.
The film stars Henry Thomas (most famous for ET: The Extraterrestrial), Patrick Fugit (Which I knew mostly from Almost Famous and Wristcutters) and Michael Shannon, who is going to be in the new Jonah Hex movie next year.
If you are trying to expand or start your Weird Western film collection, I would say this is a definite renter, to check out first before you buy.
3 out of 5 Bloody Spurs