The crows alight, one by one, in the schoolyard above Bodega Bay. They are summoned by the nursery rhyme sung by the children, or drawn by the green glow of Tippi Hedren’s matching skirt and jacket, or maybe lured by the pungent scent of her lit cigarette. By the time she turns her head, the climbing frame is thick with them. “She combs her hair but once a year,” sing the oblivious children inside their classroom. “Nickety-nackety now, now, now!”
Adapted (very loosely) from a Daphne du Maurier short story, it’s the tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic seaside town. Daniels arrives in Bodega Bay to play a prank on a smart-ass lawyer, only to have her immaculate hairdo knocked into her face by a passing gull, which serves her right and takes her down a peg or two. Before long, however, the birds are everywhere. They dive-bomb the window panes and peck at the door while the town drunk quotes Ezekiel from his perch at the bar. “It’s the end of the world,” he says.
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