Bats (1999)

USA,
35mm film, Technicolor
Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

An American horror film directed by Louis Morneau.

Plot Summary

A swarm of genetically modified and intelligent superbats have been breeding in an abandoned mine in Texas and are soon hunting humans for blood.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Louis Morneau
© MCMXCIX [1999] by Destination Film Distribution Company, Inc.
Distributed by Columbia Tristar Film Distributors International. Destination Films presents a Louis Morneau film
Executive Producers: Steve Stabler, Brent Baum, John Logan, Dale Pollack
Producers: Brad Jenkel, Louise Rosner
Associate Producer: Leif Larson
Written by: John Logan
Director of Photography: George Mooradian
Editor: Glenn Garland
Music by: Graeme Revell
Sound Mixer: Stephen A. Tibbo
Costume Designer: Alexis Scott
Key Make-up: Gina Homan
Key Hairstylist: Erin B. Lyons
Special Make-up and Animatronic Effects by: Kurtzman Nicotero & Berger EFX Group, Inc.
Special Effects Coordinator: Eric Allard
Visual Effects Created by: Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Digital Effects by: Pop Film
Production Designer: Philip J.C. Duffin
Casting by: Laura Schiff

Cast
Lou Diamond Phillips (Emmett Kimsey)
Dina Meyer (Dr Sheila Casper)
Leon (Jimmy Sands)
Carlos Jacott (Dr Tobe Hodge)
Bob Gunton (Dr Alexander McCabe)
David Shawn McConnell (Deputy Munn)
Marcia Dangerfield (Mayor Branson)
Oscar Rowland (Dr Swanbeck)
Tim Whitaker (Quint)
Juliana Johnson (Emma)
James Sie (Sargeant James)
Ned Belamy (Major Reid)
George Gerdes (Cheswick)
Kurt Woodruff (second major)
Joel Farar (bartender)

Alternative Titles

– Fliegende Teufel – Germany
Bats: la nuits des chauve-souris – Canada (French)
Blood Moon – early title
Denevérek – Hungary
Lilieci – Romania
Morcegos – Brazil, Portugal
Murciélagos – Argentina, Mexico, Peru
Netopiere – Slovakia
Netopýři – Czechoslovakia
Nietoperze – Poland
La Nuit des chauves-souris – France
Nyhterides – Greece (DVD)
Šišmiši – Croatia
Yarasalar – Turkey
Νυχτερίδες – Greece
Летучие мыши – Russia
Прилепи – Bulgaria

Sequel
Bats: Human Harvest (2007)

Extracts included in
Bats Abound (1999)
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.31 no.9 (December 1999) pp.28-29 – illustrated interview with Lou Diamond Phillips (Bats by Dan Scapperotti)
  • Empire no.134 (August 2000) p.69 – illustrated review (New films by Adam Smith)
  • Empire no.139 (January 2001) p.144 – illustrated video review (Video to rent by [MD])
  • Entertainment Weekly no.509 (29 October 1999) p.88 – review (This week by Doug Brod)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.527 (25 February 2000) p.86 – video review (Video: the week by Mike D'Angelo)
  • Fangoria no.188 (November 1999) pp.40-44 (Batsman & Diamond in the rough by Marc Shapiro)
  • Fangoria no.192 (May 2000) pp.30-31 – illustrated video review (The video eye of Dr Cyclops)
  • Film Review no.601 (January 2001) p.78 – illustrated review
  • Film Review Special no.34 Year book 2001 p.43 – illustrated review
  • Film Tutti i Film della Stagione no.48 (November/December 2000) pp.24, 25 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Film-Echo/Filmwoche no.44 (6 November 1999) p.50 – review (Bats by Andreas Fuchs)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.358 no.2 (1 June 1999) p.30 – credits (In production by Brian Fuson)
  • Premiere no.276 (February 2000) p.60 – credits, review (La nuit des chauves-souris by A.B.)
  • Radio Times vol.307 no.4007 (9 December 2000) p.76 – video review (by Emma Norman)
  • Shivers no.80 (August 2000) p.46 – illustrated review
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.8 (August 2000) p.38 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (Reviews by Kim Newman)
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.1 (January 2001) p.62 – video review (Home movies by Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Starburst no.264 (August 2000) p.69 – illustrated review (Reviews: movies by Alan Jones)
  • Starburst no.272 (April 2001) p.77 – illustrated DVD review (DVD file by Ian Atkins)
  • Télérama no.2615 (23 February 2000) p.51 – credits, review (La nuit des chauves-souris by Jacques Morice)
  • Variety 25 October 1999 pp.38-39 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (Film reviews by Joe Leydon)

Books

  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.599-601 – illustrated credits, review