Picks and Pans Review: The Birds Ii: Land's End

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Showtime (Sat., March 19, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

They're back and, boy, are their feathers ruffled! In this shameless sequel to the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, our avian brethren, incensed at environmental depredations, are amassing on remote Gull Island and menacing a family of vacationers (sired by Brad Johnson and Chelsea Field). James Naughton costars along with Tippi Hedren, who starred in the original festival of fowl play.

Actually the special effects are pretty good for a while. But when they try to terrify us with casual flocks of pigeons, we slip into Mel Brooks territory (see High Anxiety). The movie's real problem, though, is that its suspense never acquires any altitude.

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