The Birds (1963)
Director - Alfred Hitchcock
There's nothing that couldn't be more timid and unterrorfying than a bird. They flee at the very site of danger and couldn't be more scared of the humans. So to make that a concept for a scary movie might on paper seem like a stretch but Hitchcock here manages to capture a menace from the unmenacing. It seems like a real, tangible threat but could have easily been laughable. Film 4 says that it is "On screen it's absolutely nerve-wracking, flocks of carrion gathering malevolently before swooping in to peck away at Melanie's face." The one interesting aspect of the film is that in the first hour of the film there is bearly a moment of horror. It's spend devoted to the developement of the characters and during that you only see a samll glimpce of what is to come. But once it comes there is little escaping the repetitous attacks of our avian foe.
The Birds is Hitchcock at his best, fear and suspence. Empire Magazine "Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense." This film really does hit the spot and there's not a cheesy monent insite dispite a plot about killer birds. A must see.
Fig 1. The Birds, DVD cover, 1963 [photography], http://movie.masjo.com/images/the-birds-.jpg
Fig 2. The Birds, Movie Still, 1963 [photography], http://dotcomkitty.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/thebirds.jpg
Fig 2. The Birds, Movie Still, 1963 [photography], http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/alfred-hitchcock-the-birds.jpg
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The Birds, Film 4, [Online] avaliable at http://www.film4.com/reviews/1963/the-birds [Accessed 10 February 2011]
The Birds, Empire Magazine, [Online] http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=16934 [Accessed 10 February 2011]