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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Montreal Premiere

  • USA 2008
  • 90 min
  • video
  • English
Hosted by writer/director/producer James Nguyen



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“Sheer brain-melting cinematic incompetence” — Gareth Jones, DREAD CENTRAL

“Proves that there's room—alongside Ed Wood's entire oeuvre—for one more in the pantheon of beloved trash-terpieces” — Aaron Hillis, VILLAGE VOICE

“It is a combination of bewilderment and awe that hinders my ability to articulate [BIRDEMIC]. It serves no justice to the work to verbalize an experience so uniquely visceral. However, it can be deduced that I have witnessed the most singular cinematic vision of a man embracing his limitations” — Evan Husney, SEVERIN FILMS


Director: James Nguyen
Screenplay: James Nguyen
Cast: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Janae Caster, Colton Osbourne, Adam Sessa
Producers: James Nguyen
Print Source: Severin Films



Everything you’ve heard is true. BIRDEMIC might be the best worst movie ever made. TROLL 2 director Claudio Fragasso had better prepare to abdicate the crap-crown to fledgling filmmaker, and self-professed “Master of Romantic Thrillers” James Nguyen. Never before has a movie this bad garnered so much press. Both mainstream news outlets like CBS, CNN, BBC and the New York Times, and established genre tastemakers like Bloody-Disgusting and Dread Central, have declared BIRDEMIC the so-bad-it’s-good experience of the decade.

How terrible is it? The lead character, Rod, is a Silicon Valley software salesman who dreams of making millions from his stock options. Not sure what stock options are? No problem, the script goes into all the mind-numbing details (Nguyen’s day job is in the software industry, and it shows). He’s a crack shot, drives a plug-in hybrid Mustang, and wears his pants (with belt) to bed. What a stud! His love interest is a Victoria’s Secret model with a heart of gold named Nathalie (the not-entirely-terrible Whitney Moore, who is probably regretting that thong right about now). It takes 45 minutes before the “birdemic” begins, and up to that point the film consists mainly of office drama and watching Rod and Nathalie go on dates. It’s more Snark and Titter than Shock and Terror.

Usually these types of films are funny in YouTube size doses, but tend to be miserable to sit through start to finish. Mark our words, though, this film was meant to be seen by the Fantasia audience, and the screening is sure to be pure mayhem. Whether it’s spotting the actress’s filthy feet during the awkward sex scene, guessing when the interminable credit sequences will end, guffawing at the pixelated clip-art special effects, chin-stroking through the heavy-handed environmental monologues, or counting the number of times the actors stick literally to the “Engrish” script errors, there’s always something entertaining happening onscreen. BIRDEMIC has already established its cult credibility, now here’s your chance to see if cinematic turkeys really can fly!

—Andy Mauro

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