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Dead Birds (2004)

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A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.

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Alex Turner

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Simon Barrett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... William
Patrick Fugit ... Sam
Nicki Aycox ... Annabelle
Michael Shannon ... Clyde
Muse Watson ... Father
Mark Boone Junior ... Joseph
Isaiah Washington ... Todd
Harris Mann Harris Mann ... Jeffy Hollister
Melanie Abramoff ... Girl Ghost
Donna Biscoe ... Black Woman
Brian Bremer ... Hysterical Man
Russell Durham Comegys ... Kormer
David Dwyer ... MacCready
Michael Faella Michael Faella ... Johnson
Steve Green Steve Green ... Boy Ghost
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Storyline

In Civil War-era Alabama, a band of outlaws takes refuge at an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank that held a cache of Confederate gold. Led by William, the group includes Sam, Todd, Annabelle, Clyde and Joseph. They intend to flee to Mexico, but nightfall and a thunderstorm force the robbers to remain in place. As the night wears on, each member of the group begins to have visions of the atrocities that occurred within the house. As supernatural forces begin to manifest themselves, the six turn on one another. Written by Anonymous

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There are worse things than dying


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Rated R for strong violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa dos Pássaros Mortos See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes in the town which include the bank robbery were filmed during the last two days of shooting. See more »

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At the end of the film. the two Confederate soldiers find two gold coins by the body of the beast. A soldier picks one of them up, but the other one vanishes between shot without anyone picking it up. See more »

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Todd: [on finding all their horses butchered] Well... I guess... I'M WALKING!
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A fun little horror picture.
17 March 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

I have long felt that the western genre was ripe to be mixed with the horror genre and it's nice to finally see someone agree with me. Mixing the elements alone wouldn't have worked if the film was lacking, fortunately that is not the case.

During the civil war period, a gang performs a violent bank robbery and then steals off, heading for the border with Mexico. Along the way they stop for rest at an abandoned farm. During their stay it begins to become increasingly clear that things are not right with the house and the land it occupies. Before long survival becomes the only question.

The set-up itself is not original, but the time period most certainly is. It takes an already violent period in history and puts an even darker twist on it.

Complimenting the action well is an overall nice cast that seem to fit their roles and avoid chewing the scenery. I give biggest props to the creature designers; though there is precious little footage of the beasts, what you do get to see is unique and frightening.

One of the better horror films in recent years, combining atmosphere and suspense with some good-old-fashioned visceral scares for max effect. The only glaring problem is a prodding mid-section of the film that runs on a little too long without much happening.

Quality scares worth a look.

8/10


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