Danial Donai’s Horror Takes Flight with Like a Bat Outta Hell 

Danial Donai’s Like a Bat Outta Hell An Indie Creature Feature

Original title: Nowhere Else DecayMag.com Danial Donai Like A Bat Outta Hell

Director: Danial Donai

Writer: Danial Donai

Release Date: Now Available 

Release Format: Video On Demand

MPAA Rating:  Not Rated

Horror Sub-Genre:  Drama, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: 1h 32min

Synopsis: 

A young group of avid documentary film makers are sent to shoot in the vast extremes of the South Australian wilderness. They end up in a place called Nowhere Else. What transpires there is devastatingly, like nothing else on Earth.

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Overview: 

Like A Bat Outta Hell is Austrailia’s latest contribution to the Horror genre. The film is a small budget production that claims basis on true accounts. Danial Donai, Writer, and Director drew inspiration from personal research on into cryptozoology. In Donai’s film to story centers on a humanoid bat like cryptid. The account was featured in the now closed crowdfunding campaign to reads as follows; 

Danial Donai, Aussie stuntman turned filmmaker,  had been following a little known urban legend about a cryptid bat  seen around the remotest parts of Australia, as well as Indonesia.

Like A Bat Outta Hell Crowdfunding Campaign

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This seems to be the upcoming trend in Horror. Over the past couple of years, the genres have had a surge with cryptids as narrative material. The source material does play into fears of the unknown. The fact that these creatures may exists only enhances the tension.

The description follows with some insight on the setting of the film. Whether the accounts of this creature is true or not is a topic for a later debate. Like A Bat Outta Hell serves well as an entertainment pass time.

As for the crowdfunding campaign, raised was two thousand ninety dollars ($2,090). The goal was set for fifty-five thousand dollars ($55,00). Total donations would have gone into special effects component of the film. What does the film have to offers for Horror enthusiasts?

Pros: 

Danial Donai deserves commendation for the elaborate work put into the film. The effort put into an indie production is a dedication that exceeds compensation. The premise to Like A Bat Outta Hell is intriguing. The film does just enough to entertain. 

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Cons:

The main element that is of counterproductive to the narrative are the portrayals. Presented are roles of typical B-movie quality. Cliché is abounding with the cast of characters. For example, the character Simson embodies the man on a mission of revenge.  His drive centers on and against a predatory creature. This is a character profile that dates back to Captain Ahab from the novel, Moby Dick.

The special effects were below standard. Of course, viewers need to take into consideration the limited budget of the film. The downside lies in the creature effects. The pigmy airborne carnivores appear comical. The renders lacked a  fearful presence.  A Bat Outta Hell would and could have excelled with elaborate practical effects.

Continuity issues plague the film. For instance, a nighttime scene places the group of filmmakers in a church. Lightning sets the tension. Yet at this same moment, as a character lingers outside the sky is clear of lightning.

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In Conclusion: 

A Bat Outta Hell serves well for audience uninitiated in Horror. The film provides the basic essentials for an entertaining pass time. Yet, Horror enthusiasts would find the acting and special effects of below standard.


Rating Score:  0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40  Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
50 %
Performances
30 %
Originality / Redefining
80 %
Plot
50 %
Practical Effects
20 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
10 %
Viewing Experience
40 %
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.

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