An absolute classic. One of my all time favorites. As with many Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. Whenever this in on TV I stop everything and tune in. The unexplained phenomena is a trend with horror movies, but the subtle scare in this movie is perfection.
Not to mention the gorgeous Tippi Hedren (mother to Melanie Griffith, grandmother to Dakota Johnson aka Anastasia Steele) and the equally gorgeous Rod Taylor cast as the lead roles. They were amazing together. There is one thing that I notice with older movies is how forward the women are. I was taken back by this at first.
Melanie (Tippi Hedren) meets a very handsome Mitch (Rod Taylor) at a bird shop. Mitch plays a joke on Melanie and leaves the store. Melanie being immediately attracted to this sex on a stick decides to purchase love birds and deliver them to Mitch. She soon finds out that the delivery is a tad more complicated than expected and decides to drive 60 miles up the coast to Bodega Bay where Mitch is visiting his mother and sister. (insert shocked face).
Not for nothing but a guy I just met at a bird shop that decides to play somewhat of a cruel joke on me would not deserve all that time and effort. Well ok, maybe if he looked like Rod Taylor 🙂 I think it is a little cray that any woman would make all that kind of effort. But get this, this isn’t the only Alfred Hitchcock movie where the woman takes the first step.
Maybe Mr. Hitchcock was a closet feminist 🙂
The movie proceeds with the birds attacking the town, people dying etc. The effects were lacking obviously but the real threat of birds swarming around you pecking at you till you die is a little too real to forget.
To me the reason why this is so terrifying is that this could actually happen. There is no villain, it is just mother nature at it’s worst.