BATS (2021) Review of British monster movie

 

‘Pray for daylight’

Bats is a 2021 British horror film about an alien virus that causes the titular creatures to grow into giant man-eating humanoid monsters. Also known as Bats: The Awakening

Directed and produced by Scott Jeffrey (Dragon Fury; Rats RebornBad Nun: Deadly VowsDon’t SpeakCupid) and Rebecca Matthews (Witches of Amityville AcademyThe Candy WitchPet Graveyard) from a screenplay written by Scott Jeffrey.

The Proportion Productions movie stars Megan Purvis (Devil Djinn; Rise of the MummyThe Young Cannibals), Georgia Conlan (Repeat; Charlotte: The Movie), Amanda-Jade Tyler (Amityville Cornfield; Hatched; Rise of the Mummy) and Ricardo Freitas (Rats Reborn; HellKat; Medusa: Queen of the Serpents).

Plot:

Following a nuclear power plant meltdown, a nearby village became radiated and subsequently abandoned for more than a decade. The year is now 1984, and the public has been permitted to return.

A small group come back to their long lost family home only to find an irradiated monster bat living in their attic. The family now must survive the night to escape at dawn, but the monster has other plans and they soon begin to find themselves infected with a deadly plague that may just kill them if the monster doesn’t first…

Reviews:

“The man-bat creation is, for the most part, a rather scary creation (although the less you see the more effective it is). There are some great practical effects here, sparingly used (a head peeling, the result of the creature’s cry, is very effective). Also, Greg Birkumshaw’s score is very good…” Dark Eyes of London

Cast and characters:

Megan Purvis … Jamie King
Georgia Conlan … Amelia King
Amanda-Jade Tyler … Lisa King
Ricardo Freitas … Rick King
Kate Sandison … Georgie King
Venetia Cook … Mel
Marek Lichtenberg … Jack
Nicole Nabi … Natalie
Mat Sibal … Matty (as Mathew Sibal)
Ellis Tustin … Drew

Trailer:

Related:

The Bat People (1974)