Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

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Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Claudio Lattanzi
Starring: Lara Wendel, Robert Vaughn, Leslie Cumming
Rated: UR/Region O/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

A group of college-aged ornithologists have taken a class trip deep into the wilderness on a quest to find and study a rare and possibly extinct species of bird. Despite receiving ominous warnings, both human and avian, they set up camp in a musty old house, only to find themselves under siege from mysterious supernatural forces. But it’s not just the house or the hoards of hungry birds that they have to worry about, they quickly realize that they’re also going to have to contend with a group of bloodthirsty zombies, who have descended on the deserted farmhouse!

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 won’t.

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 than the brief slasher elements also at the start. And I must admit this movie does seem to have it all. We got birds, zombies, supernatural 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.


  • Includes both the English language track and the Italian dubbed track
  • “Talons” – an extended video interview with director Claudio Lattanzi
  • “Birds of a Feather” – a video interview with sound man Larry Revene
  • Brand new audio commentary with film historian and author Samm Deighan
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • Newly translated English subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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