During one of the many conversations I had with cinephiles at this year's Shock Stock, I was made aware of THIS film--
It should not be a surprise to you that I quickly sought this out (it was released in one of those Fox double features with The Earth Dies Screaming.) based on premise alone.
I wish it was... better. I mean, all the ingredients are there, but the effects were a little lacking. It was great to see they used actual vampire bats though, as the scene where one walked (or more accurately shuffled) across a character's bedspread was pretty darn creepy. I never even knew they could do that! However, whatever tech they used (compositing? projection?) to generate the swarming scenes was not so great.
|Killer bats or film grain, who can say?
The really unfortunate thing for me is knowing that this is probably the closest I will ever get to seeing an adaptation of James Herbert's third rat novel, Domain. Swap out the bats with giant rats and you're pretty close, they both even feature a fevered climb up an elevator shaft. But I don't want to get on another rant about Herbert's untapped resources.
Regardless, Chosen Survivors is still good for some grade A seventies cheese.