Nguyen performs the pomp and circumstance of “ARE YOU READY?”, pumping his audience up for the spectacle they are about to witness. “It’s something unexpected,” Mr. Nguyen said. It is a serial-killer film called “Peephole: The Perverted.”, A Cheesy Horror Turkey Becomes a High-Flying Cult Hit. Larger-than-life auteur Alfred Hitchcock releases his 55th feature film, The Birds, which is then to remain his most abstract, irrational, and indisputable masterpiece among his other canonical films in his oeuvre. Frankly, it builds more tension for when the titular birds finally make their illustrious appearance much later in the film. James Nguyen’s Birdemic Heather Massey. diaCRITICS is a blog that showcases voices and stories from writers, artists and culture-makers of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora on and from all shores. I think you’re absolutely right about the inherent contradiction in B-level cult films, in that the qualities of the film that are derided must also be touted in order for the film to ascend to that cult status. The reasons that B-horror films typically achieve cult status is because they’re so bad, they’re good.

(What? I hear a mountain lion! Gabe Delahaye, senior editor of the satirical pop-culture blog, which has tracked the bewildering progress of “Birdemic” since July, said the film was remarkable for how its aspirations in no way align with its results. But, these are some really, really angry birds.

You may want to keep a few extra hangers on hand, just in case. Joel Hodgson, the creator of the movie-mocking series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” which ran from 1988 to 1999, said that especially terrible films can possess unusual charms. Then please take the time to rate it (above) and share it (below). “I’m not just interested in a chick flick.”, As a tribute to his favorite director, Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Nguyen spent $10,000 and seven months’ worth of weekends in 2008 making “Birdemic.” “I never went to film school,” Mr. Nguyen said. We publish poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, visual art, and more.

Bear this in mind. I know immediately to check any aesthete sensibilities at the door and prepare myself for the unmitigated public inebriation of my fellow spectators. In 2001, he produced and directed Julie and Jack - a romantic thriller about love and spirituality. Read an Excerpt From Sci-Fi/Horror Anthology, Angel-Hunter Mercy Sparx Heads to the Big Screen, Five SFF Books Driven by Terrible Choices and Appalling Judgment, Growing Up in Narnia: The Pevensies as Young Adults in, A Strong Narrator Can Help You Weave a Spell of Protection, Five SFF Books Built Around Dead People (Or Mostly Dead People), “Oh, Frak” — Avoiding the Censors the SFF Way. Walk around downtown Half Moon Bay. Speaking of action, Birdemic: Shock and Terror demonstrates the true versatility of coat hangers. More or less. “Don’t try looking up Birdemic in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention!” This warning comes from diaCRITIC Michelle Ton, a graduate student of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. Along the way, “Birdemic” received encouraging notices from the G4 geek-culture television series “Attack of the Show,” the horror movie Web site and even, the Web site of Entertainment Weekly. Not only that, but they sound like Messerschmitts and EXPLODE upon impact! They’re just happy to eat the meal that was provided to them.”. “I was sitting next to James at the screening,” he said, “and he was giddy, shaking with laughter and high-fiving me: ‘This is the best, I did it.’ ‘What are you laughing at?’ ”, (Asked about the Los Angeles screening, Mr. Nguyen said: “A few people there, they were laughing at my movie. According to the head programmer, they have screened this film more than any other at their theater. “It’s not like they had a movie that was just for their friends and family,” he said, “and then a jerk took it and was like, ‘Look at this idiot and the movie he made.’ They made a movie and tried to promote it, and it became something that might not be what they originally intended.”, Mr. Nguyen said he had not been discouraged by the experience of “Birdemic.” “That’s the risk that I take in making a movie,” he said, “to be judged, to be reviewed — the good, the bad and the ugly. And if Birdemic: Shock And Terror (2008) is any indication, he’s kicking ass and taking names. Directed by James Nguyen ; Quotes Edit Notes Edit. The movie, Mr. Husney said, looked “like a Super Nintendo game,” adding, “It was, like, the funniest thing I had ever seen in my entire life.” More fascinating was Mr. Nguyen himself, a Silicon Valley software salesman whose family fled Vietnam in 1975 before the fall of Saigon and who grew up in the United States enthralled by movies like “Somewhere in Time” and Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet.”, “But romance alone is not enough for me,” Mr. Nguyen said. James Nguyen is a “Moviehead.” A“Master of the Romantic Thriller™” (The trademark is his doing).

Acting, Directing, Writing, Editing, Sound, Special Effects, Music, Narrative, Story, Cinematography, Mise-en-scene. Nguyen notices my gaze and eagerly makes his way towards me. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. It is February 25th and Cinefamily is hosting a celebratory one-year anniversary screening  since the Los Angeles premiere of Nguyen’s Birdemic: Shock and Terror. It is a cold, wet, rainy Friday night. – Michelle Ton has most recently blogged for diaCRITICS on the New Voices from Vietnam film series. Unfortunately, Replica has yet to find distribution (boo hiss). The lights dim and the overture, fitting for the film, is an official Birdemic music video by a horrorcore band named Chamber of Pudd (I’ve never heard of them either).

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