More tame TV 'Creature Feature' crap.
Vampire Bats is set in the small Louisiana town of Mercier where MaddyRierdon (Lucy Lawless) & her husband Dan Dryer (Dylan Neal) both teachbiology at Tate University, Maddy learns that one of her students namedJason (Arnie Pantoja) has been found dead with all the blood drainedfrom his body. Although murder is initially suspected Maddy takes alook at the body & discovers that it is covered in little bite marksthat were caused by some animal but is unable to identify what. Shortlyafter two fishermen are also found dead with the same bite marks &having been drained of blood. Maddy eventually discovers that due topollution an existing strain of Vampire Bat has mutated into somethingmore aggressive that attacks & kills humans. Because all the localofficials are incompetent Maddy & a few of her teenage students set outto destroy the Bat menace by themselves & save Mercier...
Not to be confused with the classic Vincent Price film The Vampire Bat(1933) this cheap made for television Creature Feature crap wasdirected by Eric Bross & is terrible, the second time husband & wifeteam of Dan Dryer & Maddy Rierdon have battled mutant creatures afterhaving previously appeared in Locusts (2005) which I have not seen butam sure is as crap as Vampire Bats. Vampire Bats is one of thoseroutine lacklustre Creature Feature films that has stupid scientificreasoning behind it, illogical character motivation as they just do themost inane things, a shallow environmental message that feels like anafterthought & some terrible attempts at plot twists which come off aspredictable. Even though the IMDb lists a run time of 120 minutes(maybe that's with commercials?) Vampire Bats runs a more modest 90 oddminutes but still feels like a real effort to sit through it in one go,the pace is slow with minimal Bat attacks, a low body count & dullcharacter's who are purely stock clichés for this type of film. If I amhonest I can't really think of a single positive thing to say aboutVampire Bats (both the film & the real life creature when I think aboutit) & there are far better Creature Feature films out that that are farmore fun to watch. A real lifeless, bland & routine effort that existspurely to fill a time-slot on television.
Vampire Bats also has that made for television look to it, it plodsalong with no real style & has a young teen cast that were hired fortheir looks rather than their acting ability. There are very few actualBat attacks, those we see are poorly staged with no sense of build-upat all. The film uses a mix of traditional puppet Bats & CGI computereffects with neither looking that great, the Bats are barely used to behonest & while there's lots of panicked talk of the threat they pose wesee much of that threat materialise. There's zero gore, OK maybe acouple of dead Deer & a few Bat bites but nothing that will shock youor keep you up at night.
Apparently the filming of Vampire Bats had to stop while the productionwas in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina & was relocated to NovaScotia in Canada for completion. The acting is bad, just bad all roundreally.
Vampire Bats is a poor Creature Feature of no interest at all, it hasno gore, no scares, a stupid predictable plot & typical environmentalmessage. Just another worthless Creature Feature that fails to deliverin any aspect, there is much better out there.