…Yet, here we are.
Late last week a couple of the more high-profile (i.e., respectable) geek-centric movie sites posted the debut trailer for the long-awaited (not really) cinematic opus Birdemic 2: The Resurrection. On the flip side, a major comic-centric site also posted the trailer– while brazenly stealing the jokes written by the more respectful sites’ talented writers.
Since this Bloody Clueless hack movie blogger (who regularly copy/pastes all his “movie news” directly from Deadline.com or The Hollywood Reporter— often without credit) felt the need to
copy/paste “write” a post about the Birdemic 2 trailer too… I felt, as an actual (slightly ashamed) fan of the first Birdemic movie, I should write something as well… While attempting to use only my original non-swiped thoughts, of course.
In case you haven’t heard about the Birdemic phenomenon, allow this quick two-sentence history: I can honestly state, without hyperbole, that the original movie– aptly titled Birdemic: Shock and Terror– is the Troll 2 of the current generation… And like the Troll sequel, looks and plays goddamn awful on ALMOST every level.
Searching my booze-soaked memory, I can only remember two redeeming qualities to the original Birdemic: 1) Like Troll 2, it carries the comedic value of accidental high camp, and 2) Gamer/Comic Reader/Soon to be Comic Writer/Cosplayer/Actor Whitney Moore who plays the film’s main female protagonist, Nathalie.
Moore’s performance in Shock and Terror is, without a doubt, the best in the film (which, unfortunately, is not really saying much). Yet Birdemic is helped mightily by Moore, who looks to be having fun in every scene… While also conveying she’s in on a joke no one else in the cast seems to get. And there is one specific scene where Moore– and ultimately the film– won me over. It involves the actress performing The Robot… And I am a complete sucker for anybody with the brazen balls to bust out that move on film. (You can see it in all its’ cinematic glory in the “Just Hanging Out” clip below.)
I could go into more detail about the first Birdemic– but that would ultimately turn this piece into a review of a two-year-old movie. Just know if you love bad movies, chances are good to great you’ll enjoy Birdemic: Shock and Terror. If you don’t like watching unintentionally bad cinema, then I suggest you ingest some mind altering substance (I was sweetly hammered the first time I watched it) and enjoy the film that way. If neither of these options appeal to you, but for some reason you still want to watch Birdemic— I strongly suggest watching it while playing this RiffTrax comedy track in the background. It’s hysterical and makes watching the movie a lot more bearable (even if Mike Nelson’s humor isn’t quite as funny as Joel Hodgson’s killer wit from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 troupe).
Happily (for me, anyway), the Birdemic 2 trailer looks awful. The beginning shows a lack of artistic panache as excruciatingly painful as the original… With everything becoming monumentally better at the one minute mark when Whitney Moore returns.
In truth, it seems as if every secondary and tertiary character from the first film also show up in the trailer. Rod is there… As is Rod’s Former Boss at NCT Software and
Basil Exposition Dr. Jones. We also see the hippie tree hugger, Damien Carter, and the vomit-inducing CGI birds. In other words, the trailer shows a movie that looks pretty much like the first Birdemic, with the addition of some zombies (of course) and about $2,000 dollars added to the production budget. It also seems EVERYONE (not just Moore) is in on the joke this go around– which can ultimately only make for a better movie… Right?
Seriously, I can’t believe I just wrote an entire column about Birdemic… But sometimes these things just happen, especially when hack bloggers piss me off by attempting to act geek just to grab a few hits.
A flock of eagles and vultures wreak havoc amidst blossoming romance in Hollywood, California, leaving bloodshed and destruction wherever they hover. The story features original ‘Birdemic’ survivors Rod and Nathalie, who are joined by new friends—struggling filmmaker Bill, aspiring actress Gloria and several other Angelenos they encounter as they battle angry birds and a host of new enemies.
Seriously. That’s the entire film synopsis according to the movie’s website. (I guess that’s all we need to know?)
Birdemic 2: The Resurrection will be released sometime this Fall.