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BATS (1999)

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BATS (1999)

Friday, 25 October 2013 12:00

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The Buzz:

        A pair of bats infected with a virus to make them lethal killing machines have escaped, and now swarms of bats are terrorizing the Texas countryside. And now it's up to a bat expert, her assistant, and the local sheriff to stop them before the virus spreads across the country.

 

Life of the Party:

        Bats is by no definition a "good" film. It is, however, a fun film, something we love here at Tanked Matinee. It's one of those films that very well could have been a TV film by the Sci-Fi channel (and in fact they did make a sequel in 2007, entitled Bats: Human Harvest) centering around mediocre puppets and CGI effects to represent some creature that's suddenly become deadly. And like a good many of these kinds of films, Lou Diamond Phillips has a star role as the town Sheriff who must fight off the swarms of killer bats.

        If you're looking for a simple creature-feature to lay into with some friends and berate for its bad effects, hammy acting, and questionable plot, then Bats is right up your alley. It pulls of that special effect of having so much wrong with it that it can be incredibly enjoyable if viewed in the proper mindset.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        As you might expect, Bats isn't for everyone. If you just can't handle B film, first I must question why you visit our site, and second you should just pass this one right on by. Everything that I mentioned above could very easily be seen as a negative by some viewers, which should be taken into consideration if you plan on showing this film at your next event.

 

One of the first pictures to show up in my search; somehow preferable to the animated bats in this film

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Large Party

As I've alluded already, Bats is best enjoyed with friends and a fair bit of alcohol. Rip into it as you go, and I'm sure you and your companions will have yourselves some fun. Alternatively it makes a great "party" film, since you really don't need to pay much attention, and your Halloween party may very well be served by scenes of swarms of bats eating the Texas townsfolk.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ It's a Lou Diamond Phillips creature feature!

+/- Laughable effects, plot, and acting

 

Drinking Game Ideas:

~ Every time there's an unnecessary distortion or stretching of the picture

~ Every time someone fires a gun

~ HARD MODE: Every time someone says "bat"

~ ARE YOU F'IN CRAZY?: Waterfall the whole time Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer are wading through the hell-river of shit

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About Us

Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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