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"There are worse things than dying."
  • R
  • 2005
  • 5.6  (11,049)

In 2004, director Alex Turner released the horror-thriller film "Dead Birds" starring Henry Thomas, Patrick Fugit, and Nicki Aycox. Set in the Civil War era, the film follows a group of Confederate soldiers who rob a bank and flee to an abandoned plantation house deep in the Louisiana countryside. However, upon arriving at the house, they soon realize that a supernatural and malevolent force is haunting the property.

The movie opens with William (Henry Thomas) and his gang of Confederate soldiers executing a successful bank robbery. However, during their escape, they are ambushed by Union soldiers, resulting in two of William's gang members and several Union soldiers being killed. Seeking refuge, William and his surviving gang members, including Sam (Patrick Fugit), Clyde (Michael Shannon), Joseph (Mark Boone Junior), and Todd (Isaiah Washington), flee to an abandoned plantation house in the swamps of Louisiana.

As the group settles into the house, they begin to experience strange and terrifying occurrences. From disembodied whispers to shadowy figures and unsettling apparitions, it becomes clear that the plantation house is haunted by malevolent spirits. As the days pass, the group's sanity begins to deteriorate, and they turn on each other in a desperate attempt to survive.

Throughout the film, the characters are haunted by their pasts and their actions during the war. William, in particular, struggles with his leadership and the events that led to the deaths of his two gang members. Sam, who is haunted by the death of his brother during the war, also struggles with severe nightmares and visions.

The film's setting in the Louisiana swamps adds to the atmosphere of the movie. The dilapidated plantation house and thick fog create an eerie and unsettling mood, while the surrounding swamps and woods add a physical danger to the supernatural threat. The cinematography and sound design also effectively create an unsettling and creepy atmosphere that keeps the audience on edge.

Overall, "Dead Birds" is a haunting and unsettling horror film that effectively blends supernatural terror with the horrors of human nature. The strong performances from the cast, particularly Henry Thomas and Patrick Fugit, and the film's atmospheric setting make it a must-watch for fans of horror movies.

Dead Birds is a 2005 horror movie. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.

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