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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
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Character Actor Pataki Dies
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Watchable but the filmmakers could had more fun with this premise. See more (43 total) »

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
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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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Color (DeLuxe)
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Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:PG
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Stars Stewart Moss and Marianne McAndrew were married on screen and in real life.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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Watchable but the filmmakers could had more fun with this premise., 31 January 2009
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

Dr. John Beck (Stewart Moss) and his lovely wife Cathy (Marranne McAndrew) fell into an underground cave. When his wife was attacked by a bat, he tried to help her but he ended up getting bitten instead. Beck thought the scratch was nothing until he found himself having horrible nightmares. He slowly turned into a bat creature! Beck began attacking innocent people for blood. The only one who could talk some sense to him was his wife.

Directed by Jerry Jameson (Airport '77, Raise the Titanic) made a watchable but disjointed horror film that attempts to be truly scary but fails. Moss gives a good performance and there's early make-up effects work by the late five time Oscar-Winner,Stan Winston (Jurassic Park Trilogy, Aliens, Interview with an Vampire).

The DVD is a double feature with "The Beast Within" from MGM. Although i think "The Beast Within" is a much better movie in my opinion.The DVD has a good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and a decent Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound. "The Bat People" is a truly forgotten horror film. It is probably only notable for make-up effects for fans to see Winston's early f/x work. Michael Pataki has some fun as a slightly sleazy sheriff. Badly written and produced by Lou Shaw. (** 1/2 out of *****).

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