Sunday, July 5, 2009

Bats (1999)

If Bats hadnt been taken so seriously, it could have been much more fun a la Eight Legged Freaks. Unfortunately, its modernized B-movie plot lacks two things: tongue and cheek. The film pits a small town sheriff and a bat-ologist against an infected breed of crazy-ass killer bats that threaten to spread across the country in a blood-thirsty epidemic. In a film like this, practical FX would pretty much be out of the question, so the use of CG is entirely expected. The CG isnt terrible, but there are some issues with the lighting and rendering that causes the bats to stick out and appear cartoony at times. When there are close-up shots that require rubber bats, the puppets are extremely stylized and look nothing like real bats, much to the same extent that Jaws looked nothing like an actual Great White. The acting and dialogue are both pretty standard, though you could likely watch the film on mute and get the same effect. What did throw me off was the characters lack of individuality, with many of them speaking in the same cadences (the best example being several characters ending their sentences with "..Period."). While the film isnt the worst by any means, it is all pretty conventional, and doesnt offer much to the average fan.

Rating: 6/10.

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3 comments:

  1. LOL! I knew there was a reason I gave this one away! Thanks for saving me some time!!!

    :D

    Cheers!

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  2. Im pretty sure the last time I saw this was Sophmore year of high school in the theaters, Id been meaning to rewatch it for years =D

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  3. I WENT TO THE MOVIES WITH MY MOM TO SEE THIS, A TRUE HOOT DONE CLASSIC STYLE IN MY BOOK...

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