They still show the same birds just hovering there,” says Truant,” but now they’ve enhanced the CGI so that when people shoot the birds, they split down the middle and spew blood.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 25, 2012
On August 1, 2012, Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright launched their “Better Off Undead” podcast, devoting the first episode to an in-depth review of the cult horror film, “Birdemic: Shock and Terror.” Their discussion led many of their listeners to view the film and join its growing following. Over three months later, now on their sixteenth episode, the hosts announced their discovery that a sequel, “Birdemic 2: The Resurrection,” is slated for release sometime in 2013.
The recent podcast episode was originally intended to review host and listener picks for the scariest movie monster ever. Although many candidates were identified ranging from Freddy of “Nightmare on Elm Street” to the aliens from “Starship Troopers,” the discussion took an unexpected turn when it was announced that one listener had nominated “Birdemic.” As the hosts analyzed this selection, a quick Internet search provided two major revelations. Not only was a sequel on its way, but a trailer was already available for viewing on the online movie database, IMDB.
As they played segments of the trailer and provided commentary, they found that many elements from the first movie were still present, including the return of much of the lead and supporting cast, the early boy-meets-girl storyline, and the entertaining cinematic choices the filmmakers made within the constraints of a limited budget.
But the trailer also revealed some new dimensions.
In the first “Birdemic,” the antagonists were computer-generated birds that hovered in place and then dropped off the screen when bullets struck them. In the sequel, these winged menaces have received an upgrade.
“They still show the same birds just hovering there,” says Truant,” but now they’ve enhanced the CGI so that when people shoot the birds, they split down the middle and spew blood.”
But further commentary suggests that the birds will be joined by a new threat. Many humans seem to have been turned into zombies, including a fan favorite from the first film, an idealistic forest-dweller credited as “Tree Hugger.”
In their excitement, Truant, Platt, and Wright, who are geographically dispersed and collaborate through the Internet, agreed to get together in person for a “Birdemic 2” party upon the film’s release. But Wright has reservations about the idea.
“I’ll take a train,” says Wright. “I’m not flying and tempting birds to attack the plane.”
Prior to the sequel’s release, the hosts hope to seize the opportunity to form a more personal connection with the “Birdemic” franchise. With all of the attention and exposure “Better Off Undead” has provided to these films, plans are now underway to invite one the lead actors or writer-director James Nguyen to be a guest on the show. This is a move the hosts feel would be to everyone’s benefit.
“I bet ten percent of our audience would go see ‘Birdemic 2’ if it was in a theater near them,” says Sean Platt.
“Of course,” says Truant. “And if we had James Nguyen on and he was a good sport who believed in his movie but let us joke with him about it, we’d have a new buddy for life.”
Now, listeners not only have a sequel to look forward to, but a possible opportunity to hear insights from at least one of the key people who made it all possible.
Horror fans who enjoy new takes on their favorite genre can find the Better Off Undead Show on iTunes.