The Birds Review

Birds, The
A young beautiful socialite is pecked by a seagull on a visit Bodega Bay, a quiet seaside town where she has followed a potential love interest. The violence by birds proceeds to escalates to worrying proportions.

by Kim Newman |
Published on
Release Date:

28 Mar 1963

Running Time:

119 minutes



Original Title:

Birds, The

One day in northern California birds decide to wage war on humanity. After a few isolated pecks and eye-gouges, a mass assault is launched, and macho local Taylor, with dippy society girl Hedren in tow, has to make a stand against the gulls and budgies.

A rare foray into the outright fantastic, this offers no explanation for the crisis and thus confronts its prosaic characters with the blindly irrational. Great Creepy Moment: the birds slowly gathering on a climbing frame outside the schooi as Tippi has a fag while the children sing. Best Downright Exciting Moment: the house under attack and Tippi's unwise venture into the attic.

Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.
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