Dead Birds (2005) #HorrorMovie Review

There are worse things than dying. Todd

Dead Birds (2005) has been on my radar for a while, and I finally got the chance to watch it. It’s considered a “Western Horror,” though it’s not western at all, it’s Civil War, not the Wild, Wild West. I recognize a few actors, (Sam) Patrick Fugit from Outcast, (Father) Muse Watson from Prison Break, and (William) Henry Thomas from E.T., and he’s the leader of the group.

Dead Birds posterOne of my favorite things about this movie is that they don’t waste time getting to business. The biggest thing that bothered me was that the musical score was overwhelming at times, especially when it wasn’t needed to add backup creepiness to the scene. This had an edginess that didn’t need help with such a strong arrangement.

The first beast that is shown is surprising, and then they show a dead bird that is similar in appearance. There’s a reason, and I liked it a lot. The set is charming and welcoming, allowing the characters to make themselves at home before it showed its true colors. Ghostly giggles are always a great addition. I liked the transitional effects of morphing the ghosts into the monsters, making it super scary.

4 Stars

Dead Birds is a well-crafted thrill ride with surprises around every corner. If you have the opportunity, check it out. I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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