Zombie 5: Killing Birds

1987

Horror / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 3.3 10 1,158

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Robert Vaughn as Dr. Fred Brown
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92 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by GroovyDoom 4 / 10 / 10

Night of the Missing Script

"Killing Birds" is being belatedly marketed as a part of the vague "Zombie" series. It has nothing to do with any of them, but none of them have anything to do with any of the others, so that's OK. There *are* zombies in "Killing Birds", but that's not really what the movie is about. The plot itself may leave you a little confused. The first time I watched it I was lost, but eventually by reading up on the film I put the pieces together. The movie opens with a mostly unseen soldier who walks into a house and murders all of the inhabitants. If you didn't read about the film on the Internet, you might not know what the heck the murders have to do with anything, but to have the plot explained to you from an outside source helps (the movie itself is no good at communicating facts to the viewer): the soldier is returning home from Vietnam. He finds his wife in bed with another man, and apparently it's not much of a secret because a few other family members live there, too, and they're all home, including a baby. Oh, there are a lot of exotic birds around, too. The soldier kills all of the people, and even a few of the birds, except for the baby. As he's trying to clean up the bloody mess, the remaining birds attack him and peck out his eyes, which all birds in horror movies will instinctively do. The point is, years later a group of students venture into the wilderness to study the rare "ivory-billed woodpecker". This will help them get an A in their classes, you see. They visit our now-blind soldier/murderer, who has aged into Robert Vaughan. It just so happens he's an expert on birds, and the kids hope he can help them find their woodpecker. After leaving him, they drive off into the Louisiana "swamp" and come upon the murder house, where they discover strange things and are eventually beset-upon by zombies. I'm not exactly sure why zombies, exactly. I suppose they are the reanimated corpses of the murder victims at the beginning of the film, and they are out for a little blood. Not that the college students make it difficult for them. They are the kind of horror-film characters who insist on splitting up when danger is present. They wander off alone to investigate strange lights, or to look for the car keys, or whatever paltry reason the script writer could come up with for them to be alone and defenseless. I suppose this is all in the spirit of good horror movie fun, but I found it to be really boring and a test of patience. The characters behave like morons at all times, and do not respond to anything in any way that can be considered rational or even human. For instance, even before they get to the house they discover a corpse in an abandoned truck. Instead of turning back immediately, one of them says "That's what will happen to us if we don't KEEP MOVING!" Huh? Then later, the first character to be killed by a zombie is murdered when she visits the cursed porch where the old bird cages are; another character sees her go up onto the porch, but refuses to react when she sees the girl screaming and knocking over the cages to get away from the zombie. After the zombie victim is already dead, then the girl goes and wakes up her companion: "I think something's wrong with Jennifer." In my favorite example of non-human responses, two guys are trying to start a generator. One of them is wearing a long pendant, which gets pulled into the rusty machinery and drags his face slowly into the gears. For about two minutes, the other guy just stands there watching, wide-eyed, as the other one is mangled by the machine. Then he runs off to tell the others what happened. On the plus side, the film is surprisingly well-lit (although it's almost nonsensical; rooms are lit blindingly bright when the power's supposed to be off). There's some nice cinematography. One interesting scene echoes the swinging light fixture at the conclusion of "Psycho", with the light intermittently illuminating an approaching zombie, and another involves the slow approach of zombies glimpsed through the windshield of a truck. The film is obviously inspired by Fulci's "The Beyond", but the gore is really tame and there is very little suspense or atmosphere. Too much logic is sacrificed and very little is offered in its place. The soundtrack made me chuckle at first, then became rapidly annoying with the repeating Casio-keyboard synth lines and canned musical cues that went out of style in 1984. In one of the scenes, they rip off "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Swear to God! The conclusion of the film is truly laughable, as if they ran out of money and just had to stop shooting. It should also be noted that, although the zombie makeup is pretty good, everything else in the special effects department sucks. There's a hilarious slit-neck appliance that shows up four times. There's an outrageous scene where a picture is supposed to "black itself out", but they just put some scratches on the film. One of the characters has a "hi-tech" computer that looks like a modern-day laptop crossed with a Commodore 64, and some awful superimposed graphics to go along with the computer scenes. The acting ranges from amateurish to just plain awful; Robert Vaughn appears to be half asleep, which is how you'll feel watching "Killing Birds". In the end, the biggest killing has been the hour and a half it took to watch the thing. Of interest to genre purists only, and even then, you probably won't want to watch this more than once.

Reviewed by Bezenby 2 / 10 / 10

More cheapo Euro fun

It's another late-era Italian horror film! For a change, this one involves a bunch of kids in a haunted house, a setting which definitely didn't appear in House of Clocks, House of Lost Souls, Witchery, Ghosthouse or House of Witchcraft. But hold your horses there mister, because this one also chucks in a slasher storyline (for a bit), and some zombies...eventually. We start out in the late sixties, where a Vietnam vet returns home to find his missus in bed with another guy, so naturally our marine goes mental and kills the two of them, then another couple (in laws?) who are just arriving with a new born baby. The marine doesn't kill the baby, however, but when he returns to his home (which has an aviary outside), some eagles get loose and tear his eyes out. Any good Italian film should start with four murders and an eye removal. We see the kid getting taken into care and then fast forward to 1987, where college student/bad actor Steve has just gotten the go-ahead to go and track down a rare bird called a grey-billed woodpecker, so he gathers together his crew of expendable youngsters, but not before Lara Wendel gets involved. She works for some college newspaper (I think), and has tracked down three people who have seen this bird. She's not dubbed in this one either. Lo and behold, the only witness nearby is Bill Oddie! I mean, Robert Vaughan! And he's the blind psycho guy from the start of the film. We see Robert using two revox tape recorders to monitor various bird sounds and after an awkward conversation with Steve and Lara before a lengthy montage of our group of youngsters going around recording bird song in various locals which somehow reminded me of the Hafler Trio's field recordings. Man! I forgot to mention that one of our potential victims here is played by the "Muh Baybee?" girl from Witchery! Remember the Hoff trying to get into her pants in that film? Well, it seems that she got the part in that film based on her performance here. That's good stuff. After finding a corpse in a jeep which the film doesn't bother explaining, our group end up at an old, dilapidated house, with an old aviary outside. This being an Italian film, the house is haunted, which leads to several scenes of the house messing with people's heads before the zombies finally appear, fifty-five minutes into the film. So we've gone from slasher to haunted house and now zombie attacks, so that's all good as far as I'm concerned. This is when the cast start getting picked off too, as you'd imagine, with people having their heads caved in, throats ripped, getting burned and pulled through the roof via the attic just like in Anthropophagus. There's a couple of twists as usual (really far fetched ones, as usual) and although Robert Vaughn doesn't have much to do, his explanation for why anything was happening led to a good Italian head scratching ending. Be warned: I probably like these films a lot more than anyone with a brain, but this is good bet if you're looking for a decent late era Italian horror full of lame fashion, prehistoric computers, a bit of gore and enough loose ends to something a something. I'm not sure of Joe D'Amato's involvement in this one, or how much of the film is his. Man, reading the rest of the reviews, I might be the only person on Earth that enjoyed this.

Reviewed by Coventry 2 / 10 / 10

Complete waste of time

Terribly bad acting is what annoys you here right from the start. The acting, along with the soap opera-like music, completely ruins the film before it even properly begins. I don't know by what standards the teenage protagonists were cast but they're NOT attractive and they sure don't succeed in making themselves appear believable. Killing Birds suffers a little too much from awful sound editing and low budget production values to make it worth renting. Luckily it got released as an unofficial sequel in the Zombie-series otherwise it was doomed to disappear into oblivion right after its premiere. At least now it enjoys a modest cult-reputation. Completely undeserved, because any other Zombie film contains more gore in the opening minutes than this production features throughout the whole playtime. The plot may have had some potential (the great Alfred Hitchcock already knew birds had something eerie forty years ago) but you're simply not interested due to the annoying characters and the tensionless surrounding. One to avoid at all costs.

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