Not too bad if you have no expectations
Aaron, Eden and Jason are back for another semester at Tate Universityin Louisiana. It is quite hot, so many of the guys and gals are showingoff lots of skin as they have fun getting wet. The three students withlines want to party too, but in a different way. They all go to a partyat night where there is drinking--and they do more than get drunk.
One of the students starts hallucinating and hearing weird noises. Heeven hears what might be bats.
Dr. Maddy Rierdon, who saved the world from locusts in another movie,teaches biology at Tate, and her husband Dan does as well. They arebuilding a house, with the usual problems that causes, and their twokids need someone to take care of them while their parents are inschool. That responsibility falls to the kids' Aunt Shelly, who likesto move things around even when Maddy and Dan have everything the waythey want it.
Two of Maddy's students are arrested after another of her students isfound dead. Maddy gets involved, but it's not just because she carestoo much about her students. Her area of expertise allows her to figureout just why the student died the way he did (isn't this amazing!). Itturns out the student has similar wounds to those found in dead deer inthe area--and he has been completely drained of blood.
This may or may not be related, but Hank, the town's mayor, seems to bea little too friendly with Carbide, a company dumping toxic wastes.
The party animals find a new place for their next event--the steamtunnels under the campus. Their guests, as it turns out, include bats.In fact, Maddy and Dan also attend a party--a much more dignifiedone--and guess who also shows up?
Maddy comes up with a plan for getting rid of the bats. It's notperfect, but it might work. And her students are all too willing tohelp. Several solutions to the problem are found--all prettyunbelievable and none quite ideal, but entertaining nonetheless.Especially since the wildlife officer doesn't completely supportMaddy's efforts.
I didn't see a lot of good acting in this movie, but Lucy Lawlessseemed to do quite a good job in class as she explained to her studentswhat was going on. Brett Butler did the best job as the annoyingShelly, who was nowhere near as caustic as the "Grace Under Fire"character, which I never saw except in clips.
The story wasn't all that scary. Most of it was investigation andproblem-solving, which turned out to be enjoyable if not all thatrealistic. Maddy and her students would have to be absolutely brilliantand incredibly lucky. As for the bats themselves, I have to wonder whythey were so selective with their targets and with their lairs. Ididn't care for their ugly faces or the graphic violence (whichprobably lasted all of 15 seconds). Another thing: we are lucky rabiessymptoms don't appear as quickly as they apparently did here. Oncethere are symptoms, there is no hope.
Maddy's students included Lizzie (Robin Hines), Eden (Jessica Stroup),Aaron (Brandon Rodriguez), Keith (Andrew Matthews) and Miles (JoshSegarra).
Overall, I found this enjoyable.