Hitchcock’s chiller is a real bummer if you don’t like birds. Perhaps avoid this one, yeah? There’s lots of really creepy and uncomfortable moments, including the director’s abuse of his lead actress Tippi Hedren by throwing real birds directly at her and having them tied onto her to peck her. As with any ‘monster’ movie, you always have the underlying tension of when the threat will next appear and in this film you’re constantly waiting for the next bird attack. Their screeches are especially horrible and the most scary moment for us is when they come after the schoolchildren. You can run…but they’ll come and…peck you. Aaaargh.

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