Genre Guesstimation – The Birds (1963)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she chose British Thrillers as the Genre for January

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Thriller movies…

The-Birds-alfred-hitchcock-2422003-1024-768“It’s the end of the world ” – Doomsayer in Diner

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A San Francisco socialite follows a lawyer to a seaside town in order to play a prank on him. The only problem is that once she arrives, strange occurrences begin to happen regarding the local avian population.

My Take on it – I figured that since this month is British Thrillers month, it wouldn’t be complete without at least one film from the great British suspence/thriller director; Alfred Hitchcock.

I have been pushing off seeing this movie for so many years because I am not at all a fan of the horror genre which is definitely where it deserves to be.

Having seen only a handfull of horror flicks over the years, and having heard and read so many horror reviews from you fine people during the last fews years of blogging, I decided that now was the best time to finally watch one the most famous Hitchcock thriller/horror films that I’d never seen before.

Hitchcock was known as the master of suspence for a reason and this movie proves it because the buildup until the ‘attacks’ begin is so detailed and rich that it’s hard not to care about the characters we have been introduced to for such a large portion of the movie’s running time.

Its too bad that many recent horror film cant take a lessen from here and develop their characters better before they start slashing away.

All in all. I found this movie to be very good, but it’s still far from being my favorite hitchcock movie.

Bottom Line – Hitchcock really knew how to build up suspence and does an amazing job in this movie. A definite precursor for future horror flicks where nature takes over. Liked the way that despite being an unexplained horror film, Hitchcock still took his time and introduced us properly to the characters before the terror begins. Recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – In general I’d say it’s close, but since I’m not much of a fan of horror, I dont see myself running back to see this one again so soon.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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7 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Birds (1963)

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  3. I was really impressed with this when I watched it for the first time last year. Not Hitchcock’s best, no, but only he could make birds this terrifying. Haha. Glad you got around to this one, Rob! And I’m especially glad that you didn’t hate it! 😉

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  4. I have to say this is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. I love the story and the characters. I’m not a fan of Horror for the most part and I always thought of most of what Hitchcock did as being in the ‘Thriller’ category. But once in a while he stepped out into something different. The Birds is hard to put in a particular category – I would just describe it as a look at nature going a little out of whack.

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