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Bats

3.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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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.

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bats" on IMDb

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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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By A Customer on 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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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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With all the things I've read about this movie, I fully expected that the only genuine entertainment "Bats" could offer would be belly laughs from watching the cheesy effects and bad acting. But-- surprise, surprise-- this was amazingly not the case. The bat effects are plentiful and effective, the cinematography and direction are competent, and the acting isn't bad (I especially liked Dina Meyer, whose natural performance actually made you believe she was an expert on bats). Let's be clear, however. Don't expect characterizations of particular depth or clever plot twists, 'cause you ain't getting that stuff. This is basically a 90-minute movie about bats attacking people, but on that score it delivers. Oh, yes- the movie DEFINITELY gained points for giving us ONE twist, a subversive variation of the old "last shot of the movie showing us that one of the menaces has SURVIVED" cliche; just when you think you're going to see that same old scene again, something else happens, and it's a riot. The DVD has loads of extras, including a hilarious commentary track by the director and Lou Diamond Phillips. Definitely recommended as a rental, and if you're a big fan of schlocky but effective horror movies like "Tremors" and "Lake Placid", don't hesitate to buy "Bats". Okay, okay-- if you DO buy it, try to get it cheap. But do give it a look.
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By A Customer on March 30, 2000
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Lets face it, if you remember the great sci-fi's of the 50's and waited nearly 25 years for Hollywood to really start making science fiction again, you're going to see this movie. If this describes you, then I am one with you, brother. There is always hope, and we've probably sat through a lot worse with little more than hope and a bag of popcorn to keep us company.
Personally, I prefer a bit of humor in my not-so-good monster movies. I didn't find much intentional humor in this movie - but it definitely is a movie that invites one to bring one's own humor along. Given that, a good time can be had by all.
I could start with a criticism of the science in this movie. Nah! They didn't bother with any of that science stuff, so why should I. But, I do have to mention that they definitely have incorrectly identified the species of bats in this flick. On close inspection, these bats are definitely Mexican Hairless Bats, a subgroup of the Rubberus Gargoylius species. Fortunately, or unfortunately, (however the feather tickles you,) fancy camera work keeps most of the Gargoylius close-ups at bay.
The plot is self-explanitory in the title. Suffice it to say, that a crazy, evil scientist-type man messes with bats - bats goes on a killing spree, and have crazy, evil scientist-type man for dessert. There is even a robot-like military-type man who wants everything to go BOOM. Even though these are such original ideas, the movie makers went wrong somewhere. I think the where was when the production budget couldn't afford to cover their Mexican Hairless's with, at least, a little felt.
I wouldn't have missed this movie for a million bucks! I definitely will buy it. Why? Because I had fun. You should not miss seeing it either. Not watching this flick is like forsaking your own stupid culture.
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