Friday, May 11, 2012

A Murder of Crows (19??)

Okay, first The Seventh Seal, then Cujo. And now? Now it's The Birds. I don't even think they are trying to hide it.

This is A Murder of Crows. Nope, not the 1998 film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Tom Berenger. No, that would be too horrific. This one starts I don't know and was released I don't know when. (Damn you, Horma and your lack of credits.)

In any case, the main characters here are the siblings Andrew and Anya. They start seeing strange birds around their school and weird things start happening. Yes, I know "weird things start happening" is practically the Horma motto. What kinds of weird things? Men and women with scars start showing up at the school, some of them as janitors, some as substitute teachers. All of them have prominent scars over their body.

Then there is a lightning storm during the day. No rain, just lightning. All the scarred teachers unexpectedly stop during the lightning storm and gaze out into it. It's sort of similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers - except we haven't seen these people before.

Andrew and Anya are super creeped out, so they follow some of the scarred teachers back to a meeting...where they cut open their scars and release birds from inside their bodies. I don't know how Horma did it, but those special effects looked damn good. Really realistic.

Andrew and Anya freak out and end up getting chased by a huge flock of birds back to their home. They hurry inside, while the birds silently wait outside. Andrew and Anya argue over what to do now, over what they can do, when one of the scarred teachers knocks on the door. He offers to let them live - he offers to make them like them, a "nest of the bright ones."

And Andrew accepts. Completely. Anya, however, decides to run for it and the movie ends with Andrew surrounded by birds and Anya on the run.

On the whole, I'd say this was better than some Horma films, but not as good as others. It had a good plot and good characters, but the resolution seemed rushed. And like they really wanted to make a sequel. I wonder if they did?

Time for the next and last one for tonight.

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