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Review

Let's be clear; this is not a vampire movie, and it's only included here for the avoidance of all doubt!

This is a modern 'B' movie; modelled on Hitchcock, a kind of "The Birds" with bats. And zero suspense. Where Hitchcock built up the tension, and let you share in the confusion, fear and helplessness of the characters, this movie substitutes an incoherent plot, a mess of movie cliches, and an ending to be deeply ashamed of.

So you get to share the confusion of the actors, the fear of the distributor and the helplessness of the SFX team. The plot veers from vaguely supernatural to potty professor on the loose, to misguided military. Not forgetting a dose of X-files-type conspiracy.

In some scenes, one bat is enough to kill, in others, the sky is thick with bats, while Our Heroes get to scream, run, and hide with minimal injury. And why oh why did they feel the need for a neat ending? An open ending would have been infinitely more credible - and more fear-inducing.

Having said all that, it's a fast-paced movie that makes minimal demands on your brain cells; you'll either love it or hate it, but I doubt you'll be undecided!

Details

  • Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer
  • Director: Louis Morneau
  • Encoding: DVDs may only be viewable country of origin - Read more about DVD formats.
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Varies by country
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004

DVD Features

  • Commentary by Louis Morneau and Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Maiking-Of Featurette: Bats Abound
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Direct Weblink
  • Photo Galleries
  • SFX and Storyboard Comparisons
  • Widescreen letterbox format
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Wide Screen, 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
  • Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1

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