It seems obvious that the hit smash Locusts would be worthy of a sequel. I’m sure it was just a matter of pulling the dynamic duo of writer Doug Prochilo (credits include Locusts and Vampire Bats…that’s it) and director Eric Bross (credits include Martha: Behind Bars) back together and away from what must be the most demanded calendars in all of
Xena again plays Dr. Maddie Rierdon, a scientist and professor now relocated with her husband (Neal) and family in
We are now reintroduced to Xena and Neal who are complaining about their relative who is coming to babysit. The relative, played by Brett Butler, is described as “an over-caffeinated Mary Poppins.” It seems a bit odd that CBS had to reach all the way back to Grace Under Fire to find someone to help out with this mega-smash-hit movie, but I digress. They redeem themselves by using a more current CBS star in Craig Ferguson. He plays the Irish fisherman who is the second victim of the Vampire Bats, BPOV-style again. The first commercial break happens nicely after a memorable shot of his fishing hat floating by itself. Tragic. Who’s going to be left to crack sub-Conan, super-Carson quality jokes for the rest of this movie?
Another potential plot becomes evident when the two remaining emos are accused of killing their friend. The headline from the Tate student paper reads “Vampires Among Us.” I wish this plot had been developed much more; however, this is quickly solved by Xena gaining an unquestioned all-access to the police case and absolves the emos of the crime. Xena and Neal find the fisherman in their front yard, by chance of course, and when the police get there she notes that there’s “guano” on the man…another clarifies, “that’s bat droppings.” Yeah, thanks, we all saw Ace Ventura II. A completely unnecessary (or necessary to the motley crew I was with) bra-scene enters and a student gets attacked via BPOV. However, she just gets rabies. We soon learn that some corruption is going on and that some illegal waste dumping has altered a species of bats to give them extra fangs, “they feed more frequently, and they’re deadly.” By the way, when they attack, they completely drain people of their blood; in like 30 seconds…this causes me to feel scared. Well done. After a nice cross-cutting sequence of Vampire Bats attacking a college rave and a high-brow boat party, a group of students ally with Xena to break the mandated curfew and the law by trying to capture some of the bats. They do and figure out that they are attracted to sound, or “have no taste in music” according to the resident comedian. The movie continues to twist and turn uncovering the corruption of the forest management guy who tries to kill Xena but dies. He dies in the process of killing all the bats by capturing them in a steam sewer and steaming them to death. This ending was much more convincing than Locusts, but that’s like saying you’re more convinced that Jason from MTV’s
So what is this movie really about? The most obvious theory is that this is a polemic against the Bush camp’s stance (or lack thereof) on global warming. One might find convincing evidence for this theory because of the discussion of the “hypoxic zones” in the
This movie is obviously about the flawed BCS ranking system. Here’s why. As many know, bats are a big part of