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Bats in the Belfry (2010)

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Deadeye Jack tries to resume a botched heist, only to find himself face to face with darkness



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Credited cast:
João Alves ...
'Deadeye' Jack Cage / Man / Skinny Vampire / Fat Vampire (voice)
Rita Soares ...
Woman (voice)


Deadeye Jack tries to resume a botched heist, by blasting into a Spanish Mission. But in there he finds the owners of the money he's after have fallen pray to vampires disguised as missionaries. Jack kills the vampires, and saves one of the owners of the money, to help him carry the money bags. When he finally goes for the money, a sand worm eats the horse, the woman and the money, leaving Jack really upset. Written by João Alves

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Short | Horror



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17 October 2013 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Morcegos no Campanário  »

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Deadeye Jack: Oh and Lady... I've already tracked down this bags twice today... I'd be very upset if I had to do it again the third time. Just letting you know.
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The "Let's Do It" generation?
7 March 2011 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is a very fun and well executed cartoon. It's nice as an exercise in style. It's amazing how the most interesting Portuguese filmmakers to surface in the last few years are all working by themselves on indie productions with their friends. However, if there is a "Let's Do It" generation in Portuguese movies, it is definitely not composed of the names reviewer José Penedo mentions in his review. João Alves notoriously manufactured the whole of this little film, playing all the possible jobs in it's making. However, João Salaviza only shoots in film and all his shorts have been state subsidized, some being commissioned by big institutions like Gulbenkian. I work in the Portuguese film market and know a lot of people but the other two names the reviewer mentions, Leandro Ferrão and Zara Pinto, ring no bells at all in my hears which means we are hardly talking of a "generation" here. "Bats In The Belfry" happens in Portugal at a time when the only way for young filmmakers to do their movies is to gather their friends and try to get hold of the largest number of equipment they can get for little or no money. But it also happens at a time when young filmmakers are learning that "it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it", and also "the ideas" that you have. If there is a real "Let's Do It Generation", I would say it is comprised of the people who have been working alone, like João Alves in this short, doing their best with little or no means - or means gathered through their personal effort, without any kind of state support. Over the past three years, names like Gabriel Abrantes, Patrick Mendes, Carlos Conceição and David Bonneville have been awarded at both national and international film festivals, presenting different types of innovative, independent, self-supported work that's nearly "manufactured" by their hands. They are the ones that most notoriously represent the new Portuguese generation of filmmakers in international short-film circuit. And it's nice to see that "Bats In The Belfry" presents a new name to this generation of independent artisans, and that it also introduces animation into the wild bunch that seems to be the only salvation of Portugal's long suffering cinema.

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