14 Responses to “The Birds (1963)”

  1. Jessafrickenb says:

    Great review heather. I loved this movie as a kid the first time I thought it was a little scary lol, but as I grew up I remember just sitting and watching this movie over and over with my dad one of his all time favorites. Makes me want to watch it again its been FOREVER!!

  2. me says:

    this movie STILL scares me….why can’t they make em like this anymore?!?!?

  3. Cello says:

    i had to watch this movie in my film studies course in college. Although at the time, I can see how innovative and fresh it was, the special effect [obviously] are terrible and have no horror effect on todays audience. Also Hitchcock was an a-hole and used to abuse his leading ladies. I can understand the follow and sheer genuis of his filmmaking but I have to be put in the latter category on this film. And you know its rare I disagree with you Heather. But you did a great job with your review as always.

    • I remember the Tippi biography on A&E and I’ve never really delved into Hitchcock as much, though this is good and I love Rebecca.
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  4. Heather says:

    Thanks Jessa and Me!


    Yeah, I’ve heard the stories of what an insolent bastard of a dude he was. Even so, I’m a huge fan of his work. Some of it doesn’t play as poignantly or resonate as strongly today, but there is no mistaking the feel of a Hitchcock film. He was a genius in his own disturbed way.

    I actually read somewhere that the Birds were actually attacking Tippi Hendrin and she almost quit the film because of all the cuts and wounds. I had thought the idea of evil birds as being kind of innovative, but perhaps it wasn’t such a stretch. ;)

  5. The Lizard King says:

    While this movie is brilliant at building suspense, it totally cops out on capitalizing on it. This is one of the most overrated classics out there. The total irrational-ness comes across as poor writing, or lazy writing, and the directing was all about bailing this failure out. Throughout the whole movie, the question just keeps building: “How is it even going to be possible to fight against a seemingly unlimited army of birds? How is it even possible to defeat them?” This was the point of contention that kept this interesting. Of course, we all know that the ending was just as big a cop-out as the conumdrum. The birds get bored. That’s it. The intense questions that the audience keeps asking are not only not answered, but not even confronted. I have all the respect in the world for Hitchcock, but this movie was bullshit.

  6. george says:

    Lizard King ….were ya paying attention when you watched the movie…the birds came in waves….they weren’t attacking 24-7. The ending was great. It left you with your own conclusions. So you have such an imagination that you think the next day everyone woke up and the birds were bored so they stopped attacking? Ok but don’t blame Hitchcock for your lack of imagination.

  7. george says:

    one more thing…it kills me when people critisize special effects from 1963…I figure you weren’t born yet so I’ll educate you ….they didn’t have cgi back then…for that years standards the SE were pretty damn good

  8. Cello says:

    of course i wasn’t born yet, why would i be a 55 year old blogger, when im that old ill be more concerned with my prostate than blogging.

  9. Heather says:

    Well here’s a java cheers to your prostate Cello and hopes that George’s remains happy as well.

  10. george says:

    Sorry I didn’t know there was an age requirment for blogging. I also don’t think you should personally attack someone for having an opinion. If you want to discuss any movie stuff and stay on the subject I’ll be happy to do that with you cello. One more thing…I am not even close to 55 and my prostate is just fine thank you. I have it checked as often as possible.

  11. moviejunkie says:

    I’m not a huge fan of this film either though I found the pacing to be the highlight of it. Hitchcock was the master of suspense whether the story worked or not. My favorite Hitchcock’s are Vertigo, Rear Window, and To Catch A Thief. But then again I’m also one of the few that isn’t a fan of Psycho. I think it’s highly overrated.

    In response to the other posters………..Is it really necessary to bring prostate into the convo?

  12. Jim says:

    This is by no means the best Hitchcock film although it may be the most memorable because of the bird sequence where they are on the playground equipment. I remember that as being so eerie. I personally am a huge fan of North by Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

  13. Heather says:

    I heart Rear Window. It’s one of my favs, though this one does have a personal place in my memory.