The Thing That Ate The Birds(Short Film)SXSW 2021 Review


Set on the North Yorkshire Moors, the film follows Abel, the Head Gamekeeper as he discovers the thing that is eating his grouse. His blunt and violent response brings the menace back home shattering his already crumbling relationship with his wife.


This is a sublime short film, that delivers in the folk horror genre. That rivals the atmospheric tension of The Witch. Also has a monster with great VFX that gives the Creeper from Jeepers Creepers a run for his money.

Honestly I can see The Thing That Ate The Birds developing well into a feature length film and never miss a beat from the direction and acting involved with the short film. Almost feels perfect for it to have it being a short film on Alter.

Overall grade: 4/5 stars

Written By: AJ Friar

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