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Bats (1999)

Lou Diamond Phillips , Dina Meyer , Louis Morneau  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, Bob Gunton, Leon, Carlos Jacott
  • Directors: Louis Morneau
  • Format: 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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bats" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Maiking-Of Featurette: Bats Abound
  • Direct Weblink
  • Photo Galleries
  • SFX and Storyboard Comparisons

Editorial Reviews

Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer. A zoologist and a sheriff race to learn why a swarm of bats have wreaked havoc on a Texas town. 1999/color/99 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very silly,but fun! February 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frightless, Unorignal, and Uninspiring November 26, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was a severe dissapointment, and probably the worst I have seen. Not only was it a rip-off of "Birds", it lacked a plot, and contained poor dialogue. Do not buy this movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inflight moviemaking from the writer of The Aviator March 22, 2006
Format:DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bats! you gotta love them February 22, 2000
Format:DVD
hey who dosen't love bats? i do and i thought this movie was great. Get the dvd its much better then the tape, the dvd has more features and you can see the bats more better then on the tape
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more Fun and Campier than Anaconda. January 31, 2002
Format:DVD
When a Small Time Texas Sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips), A Scientist (Dina Meyers) and her Assistant (Leon) investigate the Murder of a Young Couple, which the "Perps" are Mutant Bats.
This fun is very Fun, a lot of Action Scenes, Pretty Good Visual Effects (Which some Scenes are Cheap Looking) and Fast Paced. Only Complain is Graeme Revell lousy film Score. Which the DVD has the Isolated Music Score. DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an Strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound. This DVD has an often funny Commentary Track by Director:Louis Mornear and Actor:Lou Diamond Phillips. This is a Well Made, Campy Action/Horror film. Clairmont-Scope. Grade:B+.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ATTACK OF THE FAKE BATS June 7, 2001
Format:DVD
WELL, I HOPED TO PUT MY DVD COPY UP FOR RESALE, BUT THERE IS NO 'DO YOU HAVE ONE TO SELL' BUTTON TO PUSH. IT DEFINITELY BELONGS WITH 'KILLER TOMATOES' AND SUCH. GOOD TO WATCH WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO USE YOUR BRAIN AT ALL - JUST SIT THERE, SIP YOUR SODA POP AND LAUGH.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lou Diamond Phillips' agent should be fired! Now! January 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 27 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 8 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 11 months ago by Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Bats in the belfry.
The filmmakers admit this was a homage to Hitchcock's The Birds. While I did see some scenes that might have been influenced by that classic film, for the most part there is no... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Einsatz
3.0 out of 5 stars COULD HAVE BEEN BASED ON TRUE EVENTS
THIS MOVIES STORY IS BELIEVABLE ITS COLOR WAS PRETTY DARK BUT OTHER THAN THAT THE MOVIE REALLY WAS PRETTY GOOD
Published 13 months ago by brenda hobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have watched this movie so many times. I don't like scarey movies but this one kept my attention all the way thru and i loved the humor in it
Published 16 months ago by Sondra Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film!
I watch this film every October. I used to have it on VHS tape but when i moved i threw all of my old tapes away, lol. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael R.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's called "Bats" for pete's sake
How can you go wrong with Lou Diamond Phillips? The dialogue is really awful including a great one "Get Langley on the horn!". Read more
Published 19 months ago by DAG
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