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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Birds II: Land's End (1994)

After the death of their son, a biology teacher (Brad Johnson) and his wife (Chelsea Field) find their marriage on shaky ground. They rent a house on an island for the summer in an attempt to bring things back to normalcy. Based on the book by Daphne Du Maurier and directed by Rick Rosenthal (BAD BOYS) although the direction is credited to the pseudonym Alan Smithee. This is not as much a sequel to the classic 1963 Hitchcock movie as another version of the Du Maurier story. The film doesn't seem to understand what made/makes the Hitchcock film the classic that it is. It was more than just a "horror" film and this version has no subtext at all. The film's central story of a marriage in trouble is thin and it doesn't help to have two such uninteresting actors like Johnson and Field in the leads. The first bird attack in the children's bedroom is startling and well done but that's it. Everything else is a rehash of Hitchcock's film. With Tippi Hedren (always welcome) in a completely different role from the one she had in the Hitchcock movie, James Naughton and Jan Rubes. 

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