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The Bat People (1974)

After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writer:

Lou Shaw
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Dr. John Beck
Marianne McAndrew ... Cathy Beck
Michael Pataki ... Sgt. Ward
Paul Carr ... Dr. Kipling
Arthur Space ... Tramp
Robert Berk Robert Berk ... Motel Owner
Pat Delany Pat Delany ... Ms. Jax (as Pat Delaney)
George Paulsin George Paulsin ... Boy in Pickup
Bonnie Van Dyke Bonnie Van Dyke ... Girl in Pickup
Jennifer Kulik ... Nurse / Victim (as Jeni Kulik)
Laurie Brooks Jefferson Laurie Brooks Jefferson ... Nurse
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Storyline

A doctor specializing in bats, and his new wife interrupt their honeymoon to go spelunking in Carlsbad Cavern. There he is bitten by a fruit bat and inexplicably undergoes a transformation into a vampire bat. He ultimately escapes, however, escaping back to the caves. His wife, infected by her husband, kills the local constabulary and goes to join him. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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After the sun has set and the night wind has died comes the hour of the bat people!

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Horror | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel of Fear See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stars Stewart Moss and Marianne McAndrew were married on screen and in real life. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Beck's field changes from caves, to bats, to "preventative medicine." See more »

Quotes

Dr. John Beck: You're quite the philsopher!
Tramp: That's me: Jack-of-all-thoughts and master of none.
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Alternate Versions

For its 1999 airing on the cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 there were some brief cuts made to the movie, which was shown under the alternate title "It Lives By Night." Among the cuts were the shot of the nurse laying dead after falling, the sequence of two lovers making out in a truck before the girl is killed in the trailer court, and the images of the sheriff preparing to shoot himself after being attacked by bats during the finale. See more »


Soundtracks

Angel of Fear
Music by Artie Kane
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Sally Stevens
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Watchable but the filmmakers could had more fun with this premise.
31 January 2009 | by hu675See all my reviews

Dr. John Beck (Stewart Moss) and his lovely wife Cathy (Marranne McAndrew) fell into an underground cave. When his wife was attacked by a bat, he tried to help her but he ended up getting bitten instead. Beck thought the scratch was nothing until he found himself having horrible nightmares. He slowly turned into a bat creature! Beck began attacking innocent people for blood. The only one who could talk some sense to him was his wife.

Directed by Jerry Jameson (Airport '77, Raise the Titanic) made a watchable but disjointed horror film that attempts to be truly scary but fails. Moss gives a good performance and there's early make-up effects work by the late five time Oscar-Winner,Stan Winston (Jurassic Park Trilogy, Aliens, Interview with an Vampire).

The DVD is a double feature with "The Beast Within" from MGM. Although i think "The Beast Within" is a much better movie in my opinion.The DVD has a good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and a decent Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound. "The Bat People" is a truly forgotten horror film. It is probably only notable for make-up effects for fans to see Winston's early f/x work. Michael Pataki has some fun as a slightly sleazy sheriff. Badly written and produced by Lou Shaw. (** 1/2 out of *****).


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