BATS: HUMAN HARVEST
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
In an attempt to capture an evil doctor selling WMD's to terrorists, a group of soldiers have to cross some rugged terrain. Once there, they realize that dudes with guns are the least of their worries... it's all about the killer bats.
Is it good movie?
Whatever happened to the days when animals just suddenly developed a taste for human without some scientist messing with them. It used to be that it was all about the environment and how we mess it up so the beasties get pissed and fight back. Or better still, they just decided to feast on us with no rhyme or reason. In Bats: Human Harvest, a bunch of soldiers looking for a scientist who has been supplying terrorists with weapons. They group of specially trained men (and a couple of women) really suck at their job. They act as moronic as everybody else does, because once they arrive at the forest where the mad doctor is thought to be, a group of bats attack. And these bats are flesh eaters that can rip somebody’s arm off… hell, they can actually lift a person up into the sky and eat them. How cool is that?
This Sci Fi Channel production is so inept in so many ways. One big problem is the cast. The rebel of the group who is supposedly the best soldier on the force is ridiculously miscast. David Chokachi of Baywatch fame, is the most bland “hero” they could have picked. His dialogue informs us that he is tough and likes to work alone, but this is nothing near a soldier, he looks like he should be on… well… Baywatch. As for the rest of the cast, a few of these folk have these generic Russian accents, I kept waiting for Boris and Natasha to show up. As for the rest of the soldiers, I didn’t care at all. I wish the bats would have just had their way with these fodder and ended the movie.
And speaking of bats, how were the special effects you may ask. I did mention the whole Sci Fi Channel thing right? Yes, they are bad. The CG is so painful, especially the helicopter shots. But granted, I understand this is a limited budget and that for this type of movie the effects won’t be brilliant. But when a film is this painfully dull, it makes this particular aspect stand out even more. As for the bats themselves, I kind of liked them, in a ‘oh, how cute’ sort of way. But when they swarm and do all sorts of damage to people, in a PG-13 kind of way… yep, they look bad. Basically, this is a movie with a bunch of faux soldiers, faux accents and faux special effects. In the immortal words spoken by Mr. Chokachi after finding a bunch of dead animals… “What the heck?”.
Video / Audio
Video: This 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer is much clearer than the point of this movie being made.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround gave that creepy bat sound respect. A fine looking and sounding transfer.
As for extras… you get two Deleted Scenes including “Downey Finds A Hand” and “Farmers talk, Rebels listen”, and in that last one, the main “baddie” eats an apple… like a really tough guy. I feel dumber after watching this.
We also get previews for “Blu-Ray Disc is High Definition”, “Zombie Strippers”, “Boogeyman 2”, “Revolver”, “April Fool’s Day”, “Gabriel”, “The Tattooist”, “Southland Tales”, “Beyond Loch Ness”, “30 Days of Night”, “Damages - Season 1”, “I Know Who Killed Me”, “Resident Evil: Degeneration” and “Fearnet.com”.
It’s too bad because I wanted to like this killer bat movie. Call me crazy, but I used to have a real weakness for when animals attack movies. Come on, FROGS!, Kingdom of the Spiders, Nightwing (also about bats), those movies rocked, mostly in a so bad they‘re good way. But Bats: Human Harvest was just weak. Even for a Sci Fi Channel flick, this is one to skip. And as a sidenote, on the cover of the DVD it says "Don't go near the dark."... why not? The bats in this movie fly around during the day most of the time. I think there may be another killer bat movie that this cover should have gone to.