Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 7 – Bats

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Bats (22 October 1999)

Genetically mutated bats escape and it’s up to a bat expert and the local sheriff to stop them.

After a few a few low-budget titles in a row, good to see a mid-level Hollywood movie.  It’s very 90s in its style.  For some reason, the director uses a skewing effect is some quick shots, but that is definitely something I’ve seen before in this time period.  There’s also a large variation in the way the bats look from moment to moment based on if it’s CG shot or practical effect puppets.  Those sound like complaints (and they are to some extent), but it’s been a long enough period of time since then that now I’m starting to consider those era-specific missteps more as era-appropriate time stamps.  It’s that 90s stink becoming more of 90s interesting smell.  Speaking of which, we’ve got Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer.  Happy to see them.  The story is a standard “man tampers with nature and pays for it” format that’s been around since the 50s, but it’s good enough and that’s all that it really needs to be.

I’ll return with another review tomorrow.  Until then, try listening to the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on John Carpenter’s Vampires.  It would make a good tangentially related Southwestern double feature.

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