FLU BIRD HORROR
You have to give Nu Image full credit for exploiting a topical issue in this case, jumping aboard the Bird Flu Virus scare that swept the world in 2002. (Flu Bird Horror came along just a little too early to jump aboard the Swine Flu Pandemic that swept the world in 2009 in which case we would no doubt have a film about a horde of mutant pigs). In actuality, the Bird Flu Virus is of little actual importance to the film it is merely a topical scare on which to shoehorn a standard CGI monster movie. There are a few scenes set in a hospital as it is cordoned off by Homeland Security (who in actuality is a US governmental division set up to deal with internal terrorist threats as opposed to the CDC who deal with contagious outbreaks). In fact, the film could easily have worked just as it is without any mention of the bird flu. Notedly, in the real world, the avian influenza (or bird flu) epidemic is a virus infectious to humans that is carried by regular birds, whereas for the film this becomes a stepping off point into complete fancy where the birds become vicious mutants that physically attack humans.
The film tosses up some passably cheap looking digital effects of mutant birds (that look more like pterodactyls). The film is quite gory and there is certainly some convincing makeup effects as people are attacked. The one plus of the film is some well developed characterisations among the group of teenagers stranded in the wilds who come with better developed tensions and edges than you usually get in films such as these.
The cast are the usual bunch of unknowns, although Sarah Butler did go on to become the lead in the subsequent remake of I Spit on Your Grave (2010) and emerges as the most capably in charge among the group of teens. The one other recognisable name is Lance Guest, a minor teenage name in the 1980s in films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and not much else. Somewhat amusing is the fact that most of the supporting cast are English-speaking actors from Romania (which the film has used as a cut-price location), resulting in such oddities as the heavies from Homeland Security all speaking with East European accents.
Leigh Scott has directed a number of films for The Asylum including The Beast of Bray Road (2005), Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers (2005), Frankenstein Reborn (2005), King of the Lost World (2005), Dragon (2006), Hillside Cannibals (2006), Pirates of Treasure Island (2006), The 9/11 Commission Report (2006), The Hitchhiker (2007), Transmorphers (2007), as well as several other genre items for other companies with Draculas Curse (2005), Chrome Angels (2009), The Dunwich Horror (2009), The Witches of Oz (2011), Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012), The Lost Girls (2014), Piranha Sharks (2014) and episodes of the anthology The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013).
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