The Birds. Wasn't all that excited to see it. But great flick. Also, ridiculous. If, like me, it has been probably 30 years since your last watch, you likely remembered it as constant birds attacking and completely terrifying. In reality, it's mostly a very strange love story with some mommy issue stuff that turns into an insane creature feature for the last half of the movie. But you needn't concern yourself with any of this shit. All you really need to know is that the birds go crazy and start killing people. There is a weird sort of love triangle thing going on, the male lead has some weird shit going on with his mom, and the Lambert from Alien as a little kid is in it. But you don't really need to know or remember any of that shit because the take away from this movie is, if they wanted to, birds could fuck you up.
Rotten Tomato Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.
|Pleshette and Tippi. Ger. Fine AF|
Have to say Hitchcock wins the movie for the subtle humor and extreme building suspense. Doesn't get much better or more nerve racking than the scene where socialite Melanie Daniels, played by the lovely Tippi Hedren, sits outside of the school where Cathy and other kids get their learn on, next to the playground where more and more crows keep gathering on the equipment as she cluelessly chills with her back to the murder.
Really though, Mitch Brenner, played by Rod Taylor, whom I think of as the guy from The Time Machine, is the one who wins at the genetic lottery, as he has two crazy beautiful women totally in love with him in Daniels and school teacher Annie Hayworth played by Suzanne Pleshette. But really dude is a fucking loser as he lets his mother, Lydia Brenner played by Jessica Tandy, dictate his love life and shit. In the end, though, Hayworth gets pecked to death and Daniels is PTSDed as fuck. Let this be a lesson to all you mamma's boys out there.