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Pitch Black
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Pitch Black is one of those cheesy, B-grade sci-fi movies that responsible movie-makers are supposed to send straight to the video store. Unfortunately, this one ended up on the big screen.

This film is a mess. A group of no-name, barely competent actors plays some stranded space travelers on a long-abandoned planet. Soon, they discover the reason for the planet's human vacancy: flying pseudo-vampire-bat monsters that gobble up people. The alien-bug-bat creatures apparently have only one weakness - light kills them.

By some great and unlucky coincidence, this happens right at the time of a total eclipse, which means complete darkness. Such an eclipse only happens 22 years (as the planet has three suns) but the space travelers had to crash down just as the eclipse was starting. What luck. Have you ever heard a more contrived plot?

Audio VersionPersonally, I had more sympathy for the bat-monster things than the people. I'm allergic to the sun and I hated to see those bats get scorched. Ouch. The characters were so annoying and uninteresting that I enjoyed watching them get eaten. Not that the fake blood and special effects were terribly convincing.

My Rating = One Star

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