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The first thing you need to know about Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, The Birds, is that it isn’t about birds at all — well, yes, there’s an awful lot of birds in it, thousands upon thousands really — but the movie is about terror.

What do you do when, out of the blue, everything changes and you are suddenly thrust into a life-threatening chaos that you never expected and cannot explain? Where do you go when you don’t know where or when the next attack will be?

Alfred Hitchcock isn’t called the Master of Suspense for nothing. Only he could take a fairly ridiculous premise and use it to build a lighthearted romantic comedy into a nail-biting apocalyptic terror!

Starring Tippi Hedren in her debut role, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette, and set in beautiful Bodega Bay, The Birds is rated PG-13 for frightening scenes and some graphic violence.

Ok, so it’s suspenseful, but what do birds have to do with Halloween?

Step outside. October is the peak of the migratory season as birds all across North America fly south for the winter. Chances are, there are more birds in your area right now than at any other time of year!

Be afraid! Be very afraid!

(The first video is the original theatrical teaser, in which Alfred Hitchcock is hilarious, but it tells you very little about the movie. The second is a modern-style trailer for the original film, made for a 2008 competition that gives you a much better feel for the film.)

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