Nightwing (1979)

USA, 1979
35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Arthur Hiller.

Plot Summary

A swarm of vampire bats terrorises an Indian reservation in New Mexico.


Directed by: Arthur Hiller
© 1979 by Polyc International, B.V. 1The copyright is held by a Dutch company but there’s little evidence that they actually finanved the film.
Columbia Pictures presents a Martin Ransohoff production. An Arthur Hiller film
Executive Producer: Richard R. St. Johns
Produced by: Martin Ransohoff
Associate Producer: Maggie Abbott, Peter V. Herald
Screenplay by: Steve Shagan, Bud Shrake, Martin Cruz Smith
Based upon the novel by Martin Cruz Smith
Director of Photography: Charles Rosher
Editor: John C. Howard
Music: Henry Mancini
Production [Sound] Mixer: Larry Jost
Make-up Artist: Del Armstrong
Hair Stylist: Dione Taylor
Special Effects: Milt Rice
Special Visual Effects by: Scott Easton
Production Designer: James Vance

Nick Mancuso (Youngman Duran)
David Warner (Philip Payne)
Kathryn Harrold (Anne Dillon)
Stephen Macht (Walker Chee)
George Clutesi (Abner Tasupi)
Strother Martin (Selwyn)
Ben Piazza (Roger Piggott)
Donald Hotton (John Franklin)
Alice Hirson (Claire Franklin)
Charles Hallahan (Henry)
Judith Novgrod (Judy)
Jose Toledo (Harold Masito)
Pat Corley (vet)
Charlie Bird (Beejay)
Danny Zapien (Joe Mamoa)
Peter Prouse (doctor)
Richard Romancito (Ben Mamoa)
Flavio Martinez III (Isla Laloma)
Lena Carr (pregnant woman)
Virginia P. Maney (old squaw)

Alternative Titles

Alas de noche – Colombia, Mexico
Alas en la noche – Spain
Le ali della notte – Italy
Asas na Noite – Portugal
Denevérinvázió – Hungary
Gevleugelde dood – Belgium (Flemish video)
Morsures – Canada (French), France
Nocne skrzydla – Poland
Schwingen der Angst – West Germany
Szárnyak az éjszakában – Hungary (video)
Ta ftera tis nyhtas – Greece
Terrores da noite – Brazil
Vinger i natten – Denmark
Yön siivet – Finland
Ночное крыло – Russia

Extracts included in
Hollywood’s Creepiest Creatures (2004)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)



  • Cinefantastique vo.9 no.1 (Autumn 1979) p.44 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.251 no.17 (26 April 1978) pp.12-13 – advert
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.251 no.29 (12 May 1978) p.15 – note (Film assignments)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.554 (March 1980) pp.50-51 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Radio Times vol.245 no.3187 (8-14 December 1984) pp.31; 47 – short review (Films by Geoff Brown); credits
  • Screen International no.223 (12-19 January 1980) p.4 – note (Films for registration)
  • Screen International no.228 (16-23 February 1980) p.28 – illustrated credits, review (The new films by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Variety 4 July 1979 p.24 – credits, review


  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn p.255
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.237
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.177-179 – illustrated credits, review
  • Film Review 1982-1983 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.158 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 283 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.602-605 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson pp.230-231 – credits, review
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan pp. 5, 83-84, 87, 90