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After the sun has set and the night wind has died comes the hour of the bat people!
After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Stewart Moss ... Dr. John Beck
Marianne McAndrew ... Cathy Beck

Michael Pataki ... Sgt. Ward

Paul Carr ... Dr. Kipling
Arthur Space ... Tramp
Robert Berk ... Motel Owner
Pat Delaney ... Ms. Jax
George Paulsin ... Boy in Pickup
Bonnie Van Dyke ... Girl in Pickup
Jennifer Kulik ... Nurse / Victim (as Jeni Kulik)
Laurie Brooks Jefferson ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herb Pierce ... Park Ranger (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Jameson 
Writing credits
Lou Shaw (written by)

Produced by
Dante Cuccinello .... associate producer
Nicolas Jenna .... executive producer
Matthew F. Leonetti .... executive producer (as Matthew Leonetti)
Lou Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Artie Kane 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography) (as Matthew Leonetti)
Film Editing by
Tom Stevens 
Makeup Department
Stan Winston .... makeup creator (as Stanley Winston)
Production Management
Carl Olson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Lukather .... assistant director
Sound Department
Rod Sutton .... sound
Special Effects by
Tony Urbano .... special effects
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator (as Stan Barret)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cleo Anderson .... key grip
James Globus .... still photographer
Frank Leonetti .... gaffer
Roger L. Smith .... assistant cameraman (as Roger Smith)
Other crew
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Carol Meyers Siebler .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"It Lives by Night" - USA (alternative title)
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91 min
Color (DeLuxe)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:PG
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This movie is also known by another name. When it was released it was titled "It Lives by Night", and was spoofed by MST3K under that name.See more »
Errors in geography: There are palm fronds and leaved trees seen outside the hospital window when the doctor escapes, but during the car chase through the town you see the trees are all bare because its winter.See more »
Dr. John Beck:You're quite the philsopher!
Tramp:That's me: Jack-of-all-thoughts and master of none.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Attack of the Planet of the Apes Reject, 10 May 2011
Author: BloodTheTelepathicDog from north dakota

Sure, this isn't a good movie but I've seen a heckuva lot worse. The prosthetic hand Stewart Moss wears looks good but his face makeup after his transformation makes him look less like a bat and more like the ugliest extra in the PLANET OF THE APES. The "Bat Man" doesn't even have wings. This movie would have been much better had they used a monster that looked something like those creepy bat people on the Marc Singer BEASTMASTER film.

This movie centers on married couple Stewart Moss and Marianne McAndrew, who are married in real life. Stewart is a scientist who plans on taking a side trip to a cave before he and the wife hit the slopes. When the old carnal desires strike a chord in Marianne, she sneaks her hubby off in the cavern for a little Neanderthal necking, but she slips down a hole and her hubby has to rescue her. In the midst of his rescue, he is bitten by a bat. The good scientist spends the rest of the film writhing about in hospital beds and motel rooms, and killing an occasional person here and there.

THE STORY: $$ (The story is far too formulaic and fails to give us any sympathetic characters. Marriane McAndrew is the closest thing to a sympathetic character we have in this film but she is brash at times, referring to her husband and a doctor she hardly knows as "children" to their faces. Also, she complains to Dr. Kipling (Paul Carr) about her husband's new violent streak after his bat attack but the script fails to deliver in that regard. His "violent streak" consists of him telling his wife, in a rather laid-back fashion, to stay away from him while he suffers throes of agony in a hot tub).

ACTING: $$ (Michael Pataki is the standout as the slimy Sgt. Ward who takes a great interest in the case. He is always on Stewart Moss' heels but is he more interesting in stopping a killer or bedding a distraught Miss McAndrew? Arthur Space as the drunk gives a very good performance and had me laughing. Marianne McAndrew does a fine job as the wife of a monster but Stewart Moss isn't all that convincing in his role as the main character).

NUDITY: $ (Marianne McAndrew is naked under the sheets but you don't see anything from her. The sex scene is one the strangest in cinema history. Near the end of the film, Marianne is getting busy with her man when he changes into his bat form midway through the Barry White ballad).

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