Brendan Behan, the Irish author responsible for coining the infamous quote “There is no such thing as bad publicity” is probably laughing his heart out right now saying “See? I told you so!” If he weren’t already among the dearly departed, he’d probably take one look at horror film director James Nguyen’s self-written, financed and directed eco-flick, Birdemic: Shock and Terror and give the much panned flick a rousing round of applause. As most of us know in this YouTube-obsessed, blog-heavy culture of ours, there’s really just one ingredient that makes a creative effort truly successful, no matter how legitimately fantastic, awful or preposterous it actually is. If people want to check it out, then you’re in like flynn.
Even though Nguyen’s earnest 2010 ode to the incomparably white knuckled Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds has been likened to that of a cinematic train wreck with its supposed laughable script, questionable camera work, cheese ball acting skills and achingly apparent bare bones budget, he’s taking it all in stride. Undeterred by the fact that Sundance shut him out of the 2009 circuit, Nguyen responded by driving an SUV adorned in bird droppings and fake blood around the festival streets to promote his flick and after screening it in bars, things began to snowball. Buzz began to develop, bloggers shared their oftentimes harsh perspectives via social media avenues and before long, the director scored legitimate screenings, including two that were completely sold out in NYC.
Now, Nguyen’s Birdemic is shaping up to be one of those cult classics that people either just love to hate or love to canonize…but either way, it’s garnering lots of buzz. If anything, you’ve got to admire his spirit and unwavering determination to spread the word about a project that he clearly believes in. Acknowledging that there are green elements in his film, he suggests that viewers ask themselves, “Why do the vultures and eagles attack? Maybe it has something to do with the environment.” You know you wanna check it out…go ahead and have a gander below. Great news for all the bird freaks in the house, too…Nguyen says that a 3D sequel is on the horizon — entitled “Birdemic: The Resurrection”, it will explain why all of the bird-brained chaos ensues and attempt to offer a heart-beat-thumping yet satisfying closure.