The Birds (1963) – Episode 32 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?”  Yikes! The ornithologist has a darn good point! Join Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry (He’s ba-a-a-ck!), and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Dan Sellers, as we take a bird’s eye view of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 32 – The Birds (1963)

Based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story of the same title and adapted to the screen by Evan Hunter, The Birds tells the story of Bodega Bay, a California coastal town terrorized by inexplicably aggressive and belligerent birds.The film stars Tippi Hedren (Melanie), Suzanne Pleshette (Annie), Jessica Tandy (Lydia), Veronica Cartwright (Cathy), and Rod Taylor (Mitch) under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock.

The stars are surrounded by a cast populated with some of the best character actors in the business, including Ethel Griffies as the ornithologist, Charles McGraw as the fishing boat captain, Lonny Chapman as the innkeeper, Doreen Lang as the hysterical mother, Karl Swenson as the drunken prophet, Joe Mantell as the cynical businessman, Ruth McDevitt as the owner of bird shop, Malcolm Atterbury as the deputy, Richard Deacon as Mitch’s neighbor in San Francisco, Doodles Weaver as a fisherman helping with a rental boat, and William Quinn as a man in the diner. You might not recognize all of their names, but if you watched many movies or television shows from the 1950s through the 1970s, you will most assuredly recognize their faces.

Jeff points out The Birds has been called Hitchcock’s monster movie. Chad proclaims his love of Albert Whitlock’s matte paintings and explains the method used by longtime Disney employee Ub Iwerks in providing the special effects for The Birds. Joseph marvels at Hitchcock’s ability to build and hold tension and suspense, and they all agree the credit should be shared with editor George Tomasini. Dan discusses the prototypical “Hitchcock blonde” and confides to the Grue Crew that he’s just glad to be doing a podcast without Sammie Cassell.

We plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule is John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1963), selected by Jeff Mohr.

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Horror News Radio 48 – Patrick: Evil Awakens | Top 5 Films Due a Remake

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) is a modern retelling of the 1979 Aussie hit, Patrick. In the remake, Sharni Vinson steps into the lead role as the nurse taking care of the titular character who lies in a coma at a private psychiatric hospital. If you have seen the original, you know that Patrick holds a deadly, terrifying secret. The grue-crew get the opportunity to view and recap the film on this episode of Horror News Radio.

Santos Ellin Jr. steps in for Thomas, who is off to SXSW, to provide this week’s Top 5 discussing five obscure films that deserve a remake. Dave is back again with the Horror News of the Week discussing the Godzilla trailer, the next Terminator film and more information about the possible remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Vixen are back again this week for another fantastic episode of Horror News Radio, the official HorrorNews.Net podcast. BUT FIRST! Before we get too far into this episode’s fantastic content, BIG NEWS! Announcing, the HNR grue-crew are going on the road with a horror convention tour spring 2014 beginning with The Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 21-23. SEE YOU THERE! Be sure to go to their Facebook page and give them a like. Tell ’em Horror News Radio sent you!

00:06:00 – Patrick: Evil Awakens
The HNR grue-crew often share their love for actress Sharni Vinson who impressed in You’re Next. She is back with Patrick: Evil Awakens, a remake of the Richard Franklin film from 1979. Going into the film, the crew is a little nervous of what they will find wondering if Patrick is a good choice to be remade. Thankfully, the response is unanimous, each host giving the film high marks enjoying the modern take, gorier, more frightening and with a great cast. Dave even compares the direction to Brian de Palma. What? Yes, he did.

00:34:34 – Horror News of the Week for 02/24/2014
Dave Dreher starts off the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that Vincent D’Onofrio has joined the cast for Jurassic World. With all the remake talk is it really that surprising that word of the remake of The Birds is resurfacing. Terminator: Genesis news is up next where the creative team behind the script are saying it resembles Back to the Future 2. What? The Godzilla trailer is just too damn good to not bring up this week. Roar, baby, roar! And, of course, everything is better with a little Bacon and Dave shares the commercial Kevin Bacon stars in where he reprises many of his famous roles including Friday the 13th (1980). Wow! Finally, Bacon owns up. Yay!

00:51:50 – Top 5 Horror Films Needing a Remake
The Black Saint steps in for Thomas to bring his Top 5 for the week. Sticking to the theme of remakes with the film Patrick: Evil Awakens, Santos compiles his Top 5 horror films that deserve a remake in the eyes of the HNR Grue-crew.

  1. Fiend Without A Face (1958)
  2. Phase IV (1974)
  3. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death  (1971)
  4. Chosen Survivors  (1974)
  5. The Flesh Eaters  (1964)

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