Last year, we wrote about James Nguyen’s “Birdemic: Shock and Terror,” which at its best is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” and at its worst is one of the most unintentionally campy cult films of our time.
Once audiences caught on to the nature of the cult-classic, “Birdemic” played to sold-out theatres across the country after it was refused entrance to the Sundance Film Festival. Now, in addition to a memoir, Nguyen’s also making a sequel in 3-D called “Birdemic 2: The Resurrection 3-D.”
Nguyen was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal Speak Easy blog about his inspiration for the films. When asked about his return to “Birdemic,” the director said, “[The sequel] has a great storyline. I have a small office at the corner of Sunset and La Brea, and they call that corner ‘Billy Wilder Square’ in honor of the great director Billy Wilder. And the Spanish word La Brea means ‘the tar’—that black, sticky oil in the La Brea Tar Pits. So, that’s the hint to the whole sequel: the tar.”
So perhaps the sequel has a lot to do with large birds getting stuck in tar pits? Beyond that, we’re not sure what kind of ecological dystopia Nguyen will create this time. However, we do know that hidden in the first movie was a vague message of environmental awareness. The movie’s main character launches some sort of green technology company and is on the up-and-up until giant birds start showing up.
In an interview with Fangoria.com last year, Nguyen said, “There are environmental elements in [‘Birdemic’]. The biggest question is, why do the vultures and eagles attack? And maybe it has something to do with the environment.”
Nguyen also told the Speak Easy blog that, “The ecological, global warming element didn’t come in until later on, when I saw ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ Al Gore mentions that birds are dying; species are dying because global warming disrupted their migration.”
We’ll just have to wait and see what last-minute inspiration he brings to “The Resurrection 3-D.”
In the meantime, acquaint yourself with the below trailer if you haven’t already. And, if you like what you see, you’re in luck: “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” is out on Blu-ray and DVD today!