Dumb Scooby Doo movie
I'm a huge fan of creature features, even the dodgy ones in which CGImonsters run amok and tear overacting cast members to pieces. Hell, Igot a kick out of ATTACK OF THE SABRETOOTH and AZTEC REX, which issaying something. But VAMPIRE BATS, a sort-of modern-day version ofNIGHTWING, turns out to be a deathly dull and completely senselessaddition to the genre.
Originally shown on Halloween in 2005, this is a short TV movie whichnevertheless feels like it goes on for ages. The entire production ispadded with dull SCOOBY DOO-style scenes of the characters creepingaround and investigating a series of mysterious murders. It's allroutine and predictable as you'd expect. Oddly, this is a sequel, afollow up to LOCUSTS which also starred Lucy Lawless.
Needless to say that the acting is extremely bad, even from Lawless whowould later go on to enjoy a mini career renaissance with her greatrole in the gory TV show SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. The special effectsare a mix of silly CGI bat swarms and some slightly more convincingrubber models. One of the worst things about it is that there's no goreto speak of, no decent attack scenes a la THE BIRDS, just mindless,mind-numbing plotting with no wit, style or imagination. Give it amiss.