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
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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