I would like to know if Birdemic was intended as a funny non-serious movie or if it was really made with the intention of producing a genuinely scary movie that just got bad. Were they serious when they filmed it? Did they aim the bottom of the IMDb list on purpose? Should I see the movie as a joke?

Is there any evidence from the production circumstances to make a reasonable conclusion if Birdemic was deliberately planned as a bad trashy movie?

  • Is it an Asylum movie? I recently read an insider article from a screenwriter that more or less said that Asylum genuinely didn't know how crappy their movies are (if that's the truth or not).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 4, 2015 at 18:05
  • No it's not an Asylum movie
    – milk2go
    Aug 4, 2015 at 18:07
  • Not duplicated from here, but discussed Aug 4, 2015 at 23:07
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    In the interviews with cast / crew I've seen, the director (James Nguyen) seems legitimately clueless. He made a scary and insightful movie as far as he knew. Part 2 was just as bad and had all the same cast and story-beats. And his first movie, Julie and Jack, was just as bad. Aug 5, 2015 at 4:37
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    He knows now, but didn't during production, ala the OP's Q. Aug 8, 2015 at 2:24

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The very short answer is no. Nguyen seems to be genuinely insane unaware that his movie is laughable. He honestly believes that audiences are laughing with the movie and that it's an intelligent 'think piece' and a romance film (!) to boot.

If you want to stare into the eyes of madness, you can watch the interviews below

Interviewer: "Do you think it's a good film?"

Nguyen: "I think that it's a good film, based on the condition of what I had to work with"


I see a similar pattern, is that the audience really likes the film. I think the majority of the audience [are] really laughing with the movie, and they were really experiencing the scenes of the film, scene-to-scene. It’s like they were sitting at the midnight showing of the ‘Rocky Horror [Picture Show]’. You know? - http://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/23593/special-interview-birdemic-shock-and-terror-director-james-nguyen/


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