Horror master tapped for California Audubon board

And you thought Alfred Hitchcock was the only director with a thing for birds.

For horror master and dedicated birder Wes Craven, an invitation to join the Audubon California Board of Directors was “an astonishing honor.”

But the filmmaker, who as a kid received his first pair of birding binoculars from his grandfather, promises to make up in enthusiasm what he claims to lack in expertise in his work with Audubon.

The helmer has used references to birds in his films for years. “From early on I’ve had a whip-poor-will in my films — they’re very haunting,” says Craven, who’s making use of the rather sinister-looking California condor in his upcoming film “My Soul to Take,” which he describes as “a coming of age horror film — I call it ‘Stand by Me’ with a knife.”

And as for the rather sullen-looking condor, “The Native Americans thought of (it) differently: It cleans the earth of death and makes room for new life, and keeps the soul of all the creatures it consumes. It is the keeper of the souls,” he says.

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