What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Birds is the classic 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film in which flocks of birds begin attacking the inhabitants of a small California coastal town. While certainly not the gore-fest of so many contemporary horror films, there are some disturbing scenes, including a shot of a man found dead of a bird attack with his eyes pecked out, a man killed after accidentally tossing a match onto a gasoline spill and becoming engulfed in flames, as well as bird attacks on children. However the horror and suspense derive primarily not from the blood and killing but from a slowly ratcheted tension devoid of the usual background music cues so prevalent in most horror films when a character unknowingly (and perhaps foolishly) gets killed. There is frequent cigarette smoking, and characters are often shown drinking, including a scene in a bar where a man is obviously drunk as he rants about his hatred of birds and then finishes his drink and leaves to give a ride to a panic-stricken woman and her kids. "Damn" is heard.