For many, it sparked recurring haunting nightmares and to others, made them think twice when a bird flew overhead. But the scariest part of the whole thing was that it was inspired by a real event.
Hitchcock had noted that the 1963 movie was based on an event that happened in 1961 when droves of birds started attacking and slamming into houses in Bodega Bay, California.
Finally, the mystery of why the birds began actin so strange has been solved. It’s been revealed that the birds had ingested a toxin that caused them to act out of character.
According to ABC, researchers said algae was the cause for the mass bird melee. They reportedly examined the contents of the stomachs of animals, including several animal stranding events in South California in the 1990s that were connected to the birds event, and found toxin-making algae that causes both amnesia and seizures.
The movie was modeled after the event only the birds were after the people, stars Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette.
According to IMDb, the movie follows a wealthy San Francisco socialite “as she pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.”
The movie is set to make a comeback in the coming years. In 2007, it was announced that the movie would be remade by Universal and would carry some famous names. The movie would reportedly star Naomi Watts and George Clooney and would be directed by Martin Campbell.
Though the movie was reportedly set to start production in previous years, it was later announced that development had been stalled.