One staple of Halloween is the horror movie; and thanks to the Rifftrax folks, a new tradition is the horrible movie.  Kevin Murphy, Mike Nelson, and Bill Corbett have continued their Mystery Science Theater 3000 tradition of comedy wisecracking during bad movies with Rifftrax -- and around Halloween there seem to be bad horror movies given this comically savage treatment.  This year the trio took on a recent, unintentionally comic and definitely terrible movie with Rifftrax -- Birdemic: Shock and Terror.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror tries to present a message about global warming; sadly, the horrible acting, atrocious plot, and terribly fake cgi birds make it as effective in delivering its message as Plan 9 from Outer Space was at warning about the dangers of nuclear war.  The short description: a salesman quickly becomes a millionaire and environmentalist (despite not being able to pronounce "solar panels") starts dating a model (who quickly becomes the Victoria's Secret cover model) when global warming causes birds to start blowing up gas stations and attacking people.

Normally that would be enough said about this movie (except for sympathy for anyone who sat through it),  However, Murphy, Nelson, and Corbett have plenty of fun with the movie, from the star's inability to "walk like a person" to the longtime absence of the birds (and, when they do show, their hovering and sounding more like seagulls than eagles).  The trio performed their riffing live at Nashville, it was beamed to theaters, and it was a lot of fun.

My only complain was with before they got to the movie.  Previously, the Rifftrax movie specials had three-to-four short features that got riffed before the main event.  This time, though, they only had one; and while they did a good job with the "comic" sad sack Norman short, I would have liked to have more Halloween fun.

Still, the trio managed to get the audience laughing a'plenty at the movie where survivors of a killer bird attack arm themselves with wire hangers, fire automatic weapons at a bus (filled with people), and see forest fires that never spread from one small spot.  I can't wait to see what they do next Halloween.  In the meantime, "Keep flailing!"

Overall grade: B+
Reviewed by James Lynch

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