Zombie 5: Killing Birds / Uccelli assassini (1988)

2.0 out of 5

The words 'Produced by Joe D'Amato' may put off all but the hardiest of viewers, but laying good taste to one side, there are a few moments which drag this film from the bargain bin. After an arresting beginning

which features a multiple murder and a Hitchcock-style bird attack, the pace slows considerable upon the arrival of a group of zombie fodder students.

The woodpecker-seeking students soon get whittled down, Tenebrae's Lara Wendel tries not to look embarrassed, and to top it off, Napoleon Solo himself wanders around, perhaps looking for his agent's phone number. The zombie effects are a little shoddy, and only Wendel puts in any acting effort, but the storyline is amusingly bizarre and the swamp setting is suitably grimy.

There are many worse Zombie films out there, and Killing Birds is at least amusing, if unintentionally so. Director Claudio Lattanzi moves his cast around in a workman like way, and makes for a painless, if uninspiring, hour and a half.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics