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The Birds II: Land's End (1994)

Directed by Alan Smithee, Rick Rosenthal

Horror | Thriller

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Overview

Still haunted by the memory of the son they lost to an accident years ago, Ted and Mary Hocken take up residence with their two young daughters on the remote, windswept reaches of a tiny East Coast island. The Hockens are determined to forget their painful past and spend a quiet, uneventful summer. But as immense flocks of birds begin massing around the island, it becomes clear that something is very wrong in this isolated, deceptively calm oasis. Before long, the sky is darkened by a hideous onslaught of the screeching, winged creatures. It’s an assault unlike anything in the history of man or beast – or is it? For one old timer recalls a similar, horrific outbreak that gripped the West Coast decades ago…

Rated R | Length 87 minutes

Actors

Brad Johnson | Chelsea Field | James Naughton | Tippi Hedren | Jan Rubeš | Stephanie Milford | Megan Gallacher | Richard K. Olsen | Sylvia Harman | C.K. Bibby | Philip Loch | Jack Riel | Emily Bauer | Catherine Davis

Viewing Notes

Really having a hard time understanding why this movie was ever made! It’s not good, of course, but I think it suffers even more because people naturally compare it to its predecessor, Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS.

Tippi Hedron is almost completely wasted in this exercise in tedium. The best actors in the film are the family’s two little girls, who are actually great, and the old lighthouse keeper. I can’t really blame the actors though because the writing doesn’t give them much to work with.

This would be a fun movie night watch though.

Alan Smithee really directed some shit films! Yeah, that’s a joke. If you only watched this movie by the director, it’d be hard for you to comprehend that Rosenthal also directed the second best Halloween film, HALLOWEEN II. Looks like this film may have driven him into directing TV, which is where he’s spent almost all of his time after this debacle was released.

Might be fun to do a marathon of Alan Smithee-directed films! Maybe “fun” isn’t the right word.

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