The Birds II: Land's End

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The Birds II: Land's End
Poster of the movie The Birds II.jpg
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
(as Alan Smithee)
Produced by Ted Kurdyla
Written by Short Story:
Daphne du Maurier
Teleplay:
Ken Wheat
Jim Wheat
Robert Eisele
Starring Brad Johnson
Chelsea Field
James Naughton
Jan Rubes
Tippi Hedren
Music by Ron Ramin
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s)
  • March 14, 1994 (1994-03-14)
Running time 87 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Birds II: Land's End is the 1994 television movie sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic The Birds. It stars Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, and Tippi Hedren, in a role different from the one she played in the original Hitchcock film. The original music score was composed by Ron Ramin.

The plot of the sequel is very similar to the original. Biology teacher and Somali Civil War veteran, Ted, his wife, and children move to a summer house on an island after the death of their son. While there, flocks of birds start attacking individuals for no apparent reason. The town mayor denies the birds' role in the injuries, but is forced to believe after further incidents of violence by the birds.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Brad Johnson Ted
Chelsea Field May
James Naughton Frank
Jan Rubes Karl
Tippi Hedren Helen
Richard K. Olsen Doc Rayburn

Reception[edit]

The TV film received widely negative reviews and was criticized by many critics. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly slated the production,[1] especially criticizing the writing and acting, saying: "The actors in 'Birds II' have little to do except widen their eyes in terror, and even that seems a daunting stretch for Johnson." He also commented on the fact that it was an Alan Smithee film, the pseudonym used when a director wants to disown the final film, writing "...but the poster and cassette box that Showtime sent along with the review tape clearly state that Rick Rosenthal directed 'Birds II'", before adding "He has good reasons to want his name erased from it. If it were me, I'd sue."[1]

In a 2002 interview, Tippi Hedren said of the film, "It's absolutely horrible, it embarrasses me horribly."[2]

Many other reviews were in the same vein, The New York Times calling the film "feeble." The film also received a score of 2.7 out of 10 on IMDb.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tucker, Ken. "The Birds II: Land's End." (film review) Entertainment Weekly. March 18, 1994. Published in issue #214. Retrieved on September 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Chiller Theater Magazine. 2002. 59. 
  3. ^ The Birds II: Land's End at the Internet Movie Database

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