Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Claudio Lattanzi
Starring: Lara Wendel, Robert Vaughn, Timothy W. Watts
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1X85/Number of disc: 1
Available from Shriek Show
In Louisiana, a soldier returning from Vietnam finds his wife in bed with her lover and he kills them both as well as a couple of friends, but he is attacked by a bird and he loses his eyes. Years later, the bodies have not been found and the former soldier is now a bird specialist (Dr. Fred Brown) living in a house nearby the swamp. When a group of college students go to the swamp on an assignment to research a species of woodpecker that is almost extinct, they head to Dr. Brown’s house to get some tips of how to find the rare bird. They drive through the swamp where they find the house where the murders happened and they decide to stay there. During the night, weird things happen.
If there was ever insanity captured on film it would be Zombie 5: Killing Birds. This loose as a goose sequel to the other loose zombie sequels is probably the biggest stretch in the series to connect it at all to the others in anything besides name alone. And to spite having birds attempt to be a focus, we do also have some very strange zombies. Still, I found myself an hour into this and unsure just what the blue hell was going on. That seems to be a common thing with people viewing Zombie 5. And while I love gore (and this film does have that) and chaos, I DO like to have at least some shades of sense and continuity sprinkled in as well. I didn’t really see any in this film. Some still might like that, but most wont.
And for lovers of gore like me we at least have that. I guess it is perhaps that alone that makes the film at least watchable, even if nothing at all seems to really make common sense. I’m also a little at a loss for the whole birds thing. The birds only play a part in the start and ending of the film, outside of that they are no more involved that the brief slasher elements also at the start. And I must admit this movie does seem to have it all. We got birds, zombies, super natural elements, and a very creepy blind guy. We sadly don’t have a medium here to mix it all well and it is in that as well as some very dumb characters where we have our biggest issues with Zombie 5.
– Photo Gallery
– Interview with Robert Vaughn