Todesschwarm 2 – Vampire Bats (TV Movie 2005)

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Todesschwarm 2 – Vampire Bats: Directed by Eric Bross. With Lucy Lawless, Dylan Neal, Liam Waite, Timothy Bottoms. Freshmen friends of the Tate University go to an underground party in the woods nearby the local cemetery. After a death, two of the students are arrested until a professor suggests that bats might be the real culprit.

“Iu0026#39;m a huge fan of creature features, even the dodgy ones in which CGI monsters run amok and tear overacting cast members to pieces. Hell, I got a kick out of ATTACK OF THE SABRETOOTH and AZTEC REX, which is saying something. But VAMPIRE BATS, a sort-of modern-day version of NIGHTWING, turns out to be a deathly dull and completely senseless addition to the genre.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOriginally shown on Halloween in 2005, this is a short TV movie which nevertheless feels like it goes on for ages. The entire production is padded with dull SCOOBY DOO-style scenes of the characters creeping around and investigating a series of mysterious murders. Itu0026#39;s all routine and predictable as youu0026#39;d expect. Oddly, this is a sequel, a follow up to LOCUSTS which also starred Lucy Lawless.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNeedless to say that the acting is extremely bad, even from Lawless who would later go on to enjoy a mini career renaissance with her great role in the gory TV show SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. The special effects are a mix of silly CGI bat swarms and some slightly more convincing rubber models. One of the worst things about it is that thereu0026#39;s no gore to speak of, no decent attack scenes a la THE BIRDS, just mindless, mind-numbing plotting with no wit, style or imagination. Give it a miss.”

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