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.
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!
Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer
- Director: Louis Morneau
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- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Varies by country
- Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
- DVD Release
Date: March 23, 2004
- Commentary by Louis
Morneau and Lou Diamond Phillips
- Production notes
- Maiking-Of Featurette: Bats Abound
- Isolated Music Score
- Photo Galleries
- SFX and Storyboard Comparisons
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Wide Screen, 16:9 Anamorphic Wide
- Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1