The first and last word in avian horror, Hitchcock’s masterpiece of Freudian eco-terror endures thanks to Tippi Hedren’s coolly predatory modern woman running her prey (Rod Taylor) to ground in a small coastal town. Is it a coincidence that every bird in the area soon begins swooping after human targets? What fundamental natural law has been upturned or tipping point reached to cause such a winged revolt? It’s all tantalizingly inexplicable, but Hedren’s sharp black high-heels and competitive banter with Suzanne Pleshette and Jessica Tandy, leaves one wondering just which “birds” the title refers to. Charles Horak
Avian Apocalypse FTW! I’ve seen this on the small screen but to see it on the big screen with a full house… To me this is the best Hitchcock film and my favorite. Tipi Hedron spoke for about an hour. She was poised, wonderful, funny and Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter, is following in the family business.