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Bats (1999)

Lou Diamond Phillips , Dina Meyer , Louis Morneau  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, Bob Gunton, Leon, Carlos Jacott
  • Directors: Louis Morneau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (THX Surround EX)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bats" on IMDb

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  • Maiking-Of Featurette: Bats Abound
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Something is coming in the night. The dark air fills with the sound of flapping wings and menacing shrieks. The night has wings and fear takes flight. Swarms of genetically altered bats have descended upon a sleepy, small Texan town and no one is safe. The only hope to stop the growing tide of bloody devastation is a zoologist who studies bats, (Dina Meyer, Starship Troopers), her assistant Leon,(Cliffhanger) and the local sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips, The Big Hit). BATS is a jolting ride of sight, sound and fear.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This is fun, fun film that's worth having fun with it despite many of the reviews to the contrary. I enjoyed the cheesy aspect of this film, it's almost classic watching Lou Diamond Philips shoot bats. It's in vein of They Live and movies of fun campy nature. Don't let the low rating fool you see it to enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very silly,but fun! February 24, 2000
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I was very mad at a couple of things,plot and diolauge.This movie is also very chessy!I was even surprise to see it in the movie theater.I have only one good thing to say about this movie,it is fun to watch.I mean,who didnt think this movie was going to be bad.My advice to you is just sit back and have fun!It is still kinda bad.Who in the hect is LEON?I have not even heard of him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inflight moviemaking from the writer of The Aviator March 22, 2006
Bats may well be the second best swarm of bats threatens Texas town movie ever made and also serves as a timely reminder that the `acclaimed playwright' who wrote The Aviator is also responsible for more generic efforts like Star Trek Nemesis and The Time Machine remake. The major thing the film has going for it is that at least it knows its rubbish even though it does play it straight, even when the dialog is pure z-movie ("Yes, major - it was us!"). The characters are standard issue: Lou Diamond Philips is the small town Texas sheriff hiding a dark secret (he's an opera fan), Dina Mayer the bat expert whose insistence that she could never willing hurt a bat translates into killing hundreds of the suckers while Bob Gunton's the mad scientist who genetically enhanced the vicious little bloodsuckers. Why? "Because I'm a scientist. That's what we do."

Naturally, the bats head for the nearest town showing a revival of Nosferatu (it doesn't state whether its Murnau or Herzog, but clearly small town Texans have eclectic arthouse tastes), and this being Texas, where everybody knows everything about everything and immediately fill the streets with expendable extras for the obligatory Bodega Bay scene. Of course, these deadly bats only need to take one swoop and bite out of the bit players to take them out of the movie, but can swarm all over one of the leading players and leave them only mildly scratched, just as it's a well know movie fact that being attacked by any flying creature brings on a bad case of weird camera effects, and this one ups The Swarm's slow motion with a misaligned lens: once your image is distorted, you'd better have your affairs in order Junk, but watchable junk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lou Diamond Phillips' agent should be fired! Now! January 5, 2001
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What on earth is up with Lou Diamond Phillips? Is this really the same man who performed marvelously in Young Guns I/II and La Bamba? This is, by far, the worst performance of his career. I can't believe he even agreed to this ridiculous bigotry-stereotyped role. I expected much better of him.
Overall, the film was not terrible. It wasn't good either. But it is good enough to sit through without changing the channel (I wouldn't pay to see it). The acting actually wasn't that bad, and the writing was decent. The special effects were horrible though. The F/X guys couldn't seem to decide on exactly how big the bats were supposed to be. In the beginning, they appeared to be about the size of normal bats with a 12" wingspan. But in some of the 1-on-1 attacks on people (this was the worst part of the movie), they appeared to be 40+ lb monsters with 4-ft wingspans! And the close-up shots of the bats were so dumb. They didn't look like bats at all. They looked like plastic toys with moving gears.
Another bad part of the movie was the jumping around of the camera. During the most intense scenes, the camera jumped from scene-to-scene so fast, you couldn't make out exactly what they were supposed to be showing. Calm it down on the camera jumps fellas. Quick jumps don't add to the intensity; they just make you dizzy. This was definitely the dizziest I'd been since forcing myself to sit through an entire showing of Blair Witch without vomiting.
I still don't understand why directors feel the need to personify deadly creatures in horror movies today. The stupid head and eye movements and cunning (crawling up your back) of the bats was simply unbelievable. This reminded me a lot of the worst creature-horror movie, Anaconda.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fly away! June 17, 2000
Considering the money they get paid, can't anyone in Hollywood make a good, or at least decent monster movie? Granted, I didn't watch this movie with that many expectations, but but even what few I had were dashed. BATS is just another bad, cliche-ridden film with a stupid script having people doing stupid things any semi-intelligent person would never do. Cliches: must there ALWAYS be one character who serves the purpose of comic relief? Even if we must have one, actor Leon, as Jimmy spouts unfunny drivel I don't believe even he thinks is funny. No spoiler needed here, folks: the evil mad scientist dies. And don't forget the needed backup generator that of course won't start on the first few tries! People doing stupid things: the zoologist and sheriff on a bridge near the bat nest. Near dusk. The zoologist removing her protective helmet in the mine. Oh, let's not forget that nobody even thinks of beating the crap out of the "evil scientist" to divulge the information that he has and they need and won't give up...even after the sheriff loses his deputy/friend to the bats.
Stupid script: humans who can outrun bats, especially in a mine shaft and they're weighed down with protective outfits. the government official who won't wait until dawn to send in troops, only to have them slaughtered. The zoologist who can "hear" approaching bats to warn a town of their imminent attack, yet can't hear when one is mere inches from her head. And can even the US army get a paper copy of a needed satellite confirmation within about 5 seconds? Lastly (and one of my favorites), is the "evil scientist's" explanation for what he's done (creating the diseased/mutant bats): " Because I'm a scientist. That's what we do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie
Published 29 days ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cheesy delight!
Published 1 month ago by Seminole Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite movie.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... because she's a Lou Diamond Phillips fan and I'm glad she did
My wife urged me on to buy it because she's a Lou Diamond Phillips fan and I'm glad she did! Awesome edge of your seat thrills!
Published 3 months ago by William Rook
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie was the bedt
This movie is awesome also I like this movie I would recommend this movie also to anyone who likes killer bats
Published 4 months ago by Nichole matijak
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Love this movie and got it fast! Wish it came in BlueRay. Be careful not to order the wrong movie cuz there is another one about bats and its no good. This is the good one.
Published 7 months ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Bats
I found it very enjoyable and loved it immensely. I kind of favor B rated movies and I love Lou Diamond Phillips and Leon so it was a great movie to watch.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars HaHaHa!!
This is a great Lou Diamond Phillips movie! He also made one called "Red Water" and I watch them both on Saturday's with the Maneater, with Gary Busey!
Published 8 months ago by J & C Dylewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how I remembered
Received on time and as described.
I saw this years ago and enjoyed it then.
Happy to say that I still enjoy it.
Published 14 months ago by Millie
2.0 out of 5 stars annoying
This movie has to be reviewed taking into consideration it's a B-movie. Even so, it is very annoying. The reason is the token black. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Farley
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