YMMV: The Birds

The Aristophanes Play
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: References to Rhea. Rhea is the name both of Zeus' mother and a South American relative of the ostrich.
  • Values Dissonance: What does Peisthetaerus dream of? A world where parents of attractive children want them taken advantage of sexually.

The Hitchcock Film

  • Adaptation Displacement: Did you know there was a short story?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Annie Hayworth, the school teacher, stayed in the town her ex-boyfriend lived in on the weekends, despite originally being a city girl, saying she didn't want to lose the friendship between them... could it have been something else? Could Annie in fact have been Cathy's real mother, with Lydia actually being Cathy's grandmother given her age and appearance, but being the time period that it was such an out of wedlock birth could not be accepted, so they all just lied about it to save face? It would certainly explain some of Annie's interactions with Cathy at the party and later on Annie sacrificing herself to save Cathy from the birds.
  • Ear Worm: I married my wife in the month of June. Risseldy, rosseldy, Mow, mow, mow. I carried her off in a silver spoon. Risseldy, Rosseldy, hey bambassity, nickety, nackety, retrical quality, willowby, wallowby, mow, mow, mow.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The birds' cries when they were swarming the house in the last 20 minutes of the film.
  • Narm: "I think you're EVIL! EVIL!" Geez, lady, we understand you're very frightened here, but come now....
    • Fortunately she got a Bright slap back to sanity.
    • When the camera keeps cutting between a trail of fire approaching the gas station, and Melanie making scared faces.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You'll never look at birds the same way again...
  • Sequelitis
  • Special Effects Failure: The bird effects were extremely technically innovative when the film first released, but look rather ropey nowadays.
  • Tear Jerker: "Annie pushed me inside!"
    • Lydia finding her friend's body and later confiding to Melanie about how her late husband related to their children better than she did.
    • Melanie telling Mitch about how her Mother wasn't around for her growing up.