A small coastal town is plagued by a
swarm of vicious birds who descend upon it.
The Birds (1963)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Evan Hunter
Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy,
Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright
Based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier
Oscar Nominations - Best Visual Effects
The Birds is one of the most eerily realistic horror films of all time and one of Hitchcock's best. Visually, it's fantastic. I still don't understand how he achieved some of those angles, especially since it was made in 1963.
While I was not anticipating the first half to be half-romantic getaway, half-creepy stalker, I was pleasantly surprised by how viciously brutal the film became once the eponymous birds showed up. I was also surprised by the amount of blood and death in the film, as most films of the time were fairly tame in that department.
All in all, The Birds contains some truly terrifying scenes and one of the best climaxes in movie history. It's so tense and real that you will never look at birds the same way again.