The Beast Within / The Bat People
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Release Date: 11-SEP-2007
Media Type: DVD
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His change is kind of a metaphor for puberty, much the way the "Ginger Snaps" films depicted turning into a werewolf as a metaphor for a girl going through puberty. What carries the film is the boy's acting ability as he grows creepier and creepier. Ronny Cox (the guitar playing city slicker from Deliverance) is great as his concerned father coping with the fact that his son may actually be the offspring of a savage beast-man. And L.Q. Jones is another recognizable face, reprising his role as a rural southern sheriff.
Another quality of the film is the way the story deals with the way some small towns have a guilty secret. Some vile crime against humanity lurks in it's past. It is a quiet place in the middle of nowhere, yet something horrible happened there 17 years earlier that they just want to forget. Then along comes this boy...
The climax of the film features quite incredible creature effects that will satisfy the gorehounds and probably nauseate the film critics. This film is an absolute must-see for horror fans, especially if you enjoy similar films like those of David Cronenberg and Stephen King. I would love to see a special edition release of this film with extras and more info about this lesser known horror gem.
In the days before direct-to-video, you'd be surprised at the things that found their way to movie screens. If you were born after about 1984, when the VHS player explosion happened and DTV started becoming standard for low- and no-budget movies, it's possible you may not have any concept of this sort of thing. Hell, I was there and I find myself still surprised on a regular basis by some of what found its way onto the big screen between the formation of the MPAA and the proliferation of the VHS player. There are few examples of this that will provide you as much evidence for the lack of judgment of film distribution companies as The Bat People, Jerry Jameson's 1974 cheesefest about werebats. That's right, werebats.
Dr. John Beck (Raise the Titanic's Stewart Moss) and his wife Cathy (Hello, Dolly!'s Marianne McAndrew) are on vacation in the American southwest. Everything is going along swimmingly until, while caving, John is bitten by a bat. Much to his wife's chagrin, he starts experiencing bat-like qualities. Can she and a local doctor (Blood: The Last Vampire's Paul Carr) find a way to reverse the process before it's too late?
Everything you would expect from the lowest no-budget fifties Z-movie crapfest is here. Problem is, the movie was made in 1974. This is not to say the Z-grade creature feature had entirely died out by the early seventies, but the genre had at least gotten a little cachet when George Romero proved you could take a minuscule budget and non-actors and come up with a movie like Night of the Living Dead. Problem is, not everyone was George Romero. Sometimes even George Romero wasn't George Romero.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well, one of the two movies was above fair. Quality was goodPublished 12 months ago by Mark Chocianowski
Of course any horror fan knows that The Beast Within is a great independent horror film from the early 80's. But what about The Bat People? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bill Carson
My husband loves these horror movies. B class, but classics. ThanksPublished 18 months ago by Patricia M. Roura
You should know that "The Bat People" will be released soon on a new DVD set with three other horror gems on the MGM DVD movies for you 'horror' series. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
The beast whithin it's a great movie.
Contains Castilian audio and subtitles.
A great pack.
Good image quality.
Good buy for sure.
Although this is a Christmas gift and they have not been seen yet, I am sure that my husband will be thrilled! Great seller, fast shipment. Highly recommend!! A+++++++++++++Published on October 31, 2011 by frodoette
A more accurate title is "The Bat Person" but it doesn't sound quite as menacing. "The Beast Within" has already been heralded as a minor eighties classic so the real rarity here... Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by TelegramSam