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The Birds is a 2014 horror remake of the 1963 suspense horror film, starring Imogen Poots and Johnny Simmons

Summary

Plot

Melanie Daniels is a young, wealthy socialite who meets Mitch Brenner, a lawyer, in a San Francisco bird shop. Brenner wants to purchase a pair of lovebirds for his sister's eleventh birthday, and pretends to mistake Daniels for a salesperson, which infuriates her and leads her to inquire as to the reason for his behavior. He mentions a previous encounter that he had with her. Intrigued by him, she finds the address of his home in Bodega Bay, California. She purchases a pair of lovebirds and reaches his house by sneaking across the small harbor in a motor boat, leaving the birds and a note. As she is heading back across the bay, a seagull swoops down and inflicts a cut on her head. On Mitch's request Melanie reluctantly agrees to join the dinner at their residence.

Over the next few days, the bird attacks continue, as Melanie develops relationships with Mitch, his clinging mother Lydia, his younger sister Cathy, and Cathy's teacher (who is also Mitch's ex-lover) Annie Hayworth. The second strange bird incident occurs when Melanie stays for the night at Annie's house as a gull swoops down and kills itself upon hitting the front door. The next attack occurs at Cathy's birthday party, where the children are set upon by seagulls. The following evening, sparrows invade the Brenner home. The bird violence escalates when Lydia discovers a friend dead in his bedroom with windows smashed, his eyes pecked out and dead birds everywhere. Lydia, horrified, returns home where she is comforted by Mitch and Melanie. Lydia becomes concerned about Cathy's safety at school, and asks Melanie to check on her. While Melanie waits on a bench outside the school, crows slowly gather on the playground equipment behind her. Melanie is terrified when she becomes aware of the gathering birds. She warns Annie, and the two attempt to evacuate the children safely. As they flee from the school the birds attack, harming several children.

Following this attack, an argument erupts at a local restaurant over this strange behavior. A drunk believes the attacks are a sign of the apocalypse, but a young mother chides the man and others for scaring her children. Mrs. Bundy, an amateur ornithologist, insists that different bird species do not flock or attack together. Despite her claim, a motorist is attacked while filling his car with gasoline; he is knocked unconscious and the gasoline continues to pump out onto the street. Another motorist, unaware he is standing in the puddle of gasoline, disregards warnings from the people in the restaurant as he lights a cigar, and drops the match on the ground, resulting in an explosion and fire. The birds attack as people pour from the diner to survey the damage, and Melanie is forced to take refuge in a phone booth. Mitch rescues her and they return to the restaurant, where the hysterical mother accuses Melanie of being the cause of the attacks. Melanie and Mitch later find Annie dead on her front porch and Cathy in tears, having witnessed Annie's death from inside the house.

Melanie and Mitch's family take refuge in the Brenners' house and board up the windows. The house is attacked by the birds more viciously than ever before, and at several points they nearly manage to break in by pecking through the doors. Mitch is injured when a few birds break through a window and peck his hands. In the evening, when everyone else is asleep, Melanie hears noises from the upper floor. Not wanting to disturb Mitch, Melanie takes a flashlight and investigates. Entering a room at the top of the stairs, she finds that the birds have managed to break through the roof. They violently attack her, trapping her in the room until Mitch comes to her rescue. He and Lydia tend to her, but she is catatonic and they must get her to a hospital. A sea of birds ripple menacingly around the Brenner farm, but do not attack as the humans make their escape. The radio reports other bird attacks in nearby communities. The film concludes ambiguously, as the car slowly makes its way through seemingly infinite flocks of birds into the sunrise.

Cast

  • Imogen Poots as Melanie Daniels
  • Johnny Simmons as Mitch Brenner
  • Kelly Lynch as Lydia Brenner
  • Bailee Madison as Cathy Brenner
  • Jaden Smith as Emilio Johnson
  • Lindsey Lohan as Annie Hayworth
  • Carla Gugino as Mrs. Bundy
  • Zac Efron as Sebastian Sholes
  • Neve Campbell as Mrs. MacGruder
  • Tim Meadows as Deputy Al Malone
  • Britt Robertson as Helen Carter
  • Robert Hoffman as Deke Carter

Deaths

farmer- eyes pecked out in his bedroom.

unknown students of cathy's school- pecked to death while running out of the school.

drunk driver 1- hit in head by a seagull.

drunk driver 2- dies in explosion.

annie hayworth- pecked to death on the porch.

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