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Lucy Lawless (TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess”) stars in this edge of your seat, horror thriller as a scientist caught up in the investigation of a slain student whose body is found mysteriously drained of blood. With the help of her husband and a bunch of intrepid pupils, she uncovers a shocking secret: the killers are actually carnivorous, mutant vampire bats. As the suspense (and the body count) continue to rise, can she stop the terrifying plaque form spreading before the winged menace destroys everything?
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The story takes place in a college town near a bayou. A student goes missing. He's soon discovered dead, drained of all his blood. Naturally, the dopey police figure it's a ritualistic murder and blame the two friends who saw him last. Apparently, they can't tell bite marks when they see them so it's up to a professor (Lucy Lawless as Maddy Rierdon) to solve the crime. She soon runs into opposition from a shifty mayor (Timothy Bottoms as Hank Poelker) and an obstructive game warden (Liam Waite) with theories and solutions of his own. Everyone is reluctant to accept Maddy's hypothesis of mutant vampire bats on a killing spree, never mind her suggestions on how to dispose of the menace. It takes a series of grisly deaths before those in authority decide something needs to be done. Late in the game, Maddy and a few of her students investigate whether a case of pollution may be the cause of the abnormalities in these vampire bats. Eventually, the villain of the piece figures Maddy must be dealt with........permanently.
The movie is slow to get to the point, slow to produce the bats and show them chowing down on people. And when they are finally shown, they're obviously puppets or mechanical constructions (but they get the job done). This film was meant to showcase Lucy Lawless above everyone else. It is entertaining if not instructive in how not to make a horror based film. There's nary a fright to be had. I did, however, find it enjoyable if not humorous (for all the wrong reasons).
It's a keeper.