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Lou Shaw (written by)
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After the sun has set and the night wind has died comes the hour of the bat people!
Plot:
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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Actor Michael Pataki Dies
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 27 April 2010, 10:49 AM, PDT)

Character Actor Pataki Dies
 (From WENN. 23 April 2010, 12:11 PM, PDT)

Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 3
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Cast

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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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"It Lives by Night" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:PG
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Trivia:
The first feature film for makeup artist Stan Winston.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The second cave tour is several days after the first. Both tours contain the same tourists, wearing the same clothes.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John Beck:You're quite the philsopher!
Tramp:That's me: Jack-of-all-thoughts and master of none.
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This movie causes rabies..., 16 September 2000
Author: Mister-6 from United States

Or maybe that's what it feels like. Anyway, "The Bat People" is about as flat as a rug, bland as a sack of flour and as exciting as a rock...and as intelligent as all three combined.

Okay, plot in a nutshell (fitting vessel, that...): a doctor (Moss) gets bitten by a bat while checking out a cave with his wife (McAndrew) and subsequently turns into a bat - well, not exactly a bat but a bat-like creature that looks more like a werewolf who kills his victims in a first-person camera viewpoint....

But then there's the business of the sheriff (Pataki), who is about the WORST kind of sheriff: the hick kind. He hassles people, he leers at married women, he steals handkerchiefs from haberdasheries (the FIEND!), he smokes with one of those cigarette holders in his mouth and talks at the same time, making him look and sound like Buford T. Justice in "Smokey and the Bandit" and (this is the worst part)... HE'S THE MOST LIKEABLE CHARACTER IN THE WHOLE FILM!

The whole film, though, is just TV movie-of-the-week-like crapola (guano, in this case). It's an AIP, for crying out loud! What did you expect, Oscar caliber stuff?

And what else can you say about a film that not even MST3K can save?

How about...no stars for "The Bat People", full version OR MST3K version!

By the way, if there's ever a sequel for this movie, I'm burying my TV.

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