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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 »
Sound Mix:
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 »
Continuity: Dr. Beck's field changes from caves, to bats, to "preventative medicine."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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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah BATMAN!!!!, 17 February 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"The Bat People" is a proud resident of the IMDb Bottom 100. Every once and a while the movie suddenly vanishes from the infamous list, depending on whether there are new movies with Paris Hilton in the lead or documentaries about American Idol stars, but it always reliably returns sooner or later. And why? Because, unlike the majority of crap in that list, "The Bat People" is a legitimate bad film and it deserves to be on there regardless of any media influences or internet buzz! This nearly isn't the worst film ever made, since the basic concept definitely has a certain charm and ingenuity, but it's still indescribably difficult to sit through the whole thing. The script is incredibly boring, with absolutely unnecessary padding footage and gigantic gaps in continuity, and yet the main characters still remain total strangers throughout the entire film. Other than a sensible screenplay, the film also lacks spectacular killing sequences and the make-up effects – although courtesy of a young Stan Winston – are ludicrously inept and remain largely unseen until the end of the film. The film's title is inaccurate, as "people" refers to a number in plural whereas the story actually just revolves on one Bat Person. Much more than Bruce Wayne, the real Batman plays in this movie and he as well has a genuine Bat-cave and a Bat-mobile (a stolen ambulance)! The plot introduces a young couple on their honeymoon-weekend exploring caves. They wander off from a guided tour group and he gets bitten by a bat whilst trying to protect his wife from the animal's vicious attack. Worried that he might be infected with rabies, he undergoes an intense treatment at the local hospital, but still this doesn't prevent him from slowly transforming into a bloodthirsty bat creature. He kills random people at night and toys around with the suspicious police sergeant whilst his loving wife is still vastly convinced the awkward behavior is exclusively due to allergic reactions to the rabies treatment. Sure, honey! The script never explains why a bat would attack people and how come John always changes back into a normal human being at the dawn of a new day instead of gradually turning into a permanent state of bat-guano. So basically, "The Bat People" is a variation on the good old werewolf-theme, but obviously not a very interesting one. The concept showed a lot of potential, but somehow the sub plots center on whiny drunks and perverted Sheriffs instead of on ghastly monsters. Some of the settings and exterior filming locations look impressive, the misfit song playing during the credits is strangely catchy, there's a nice bit of gore during the climax (finally!) and main actress Marianne McAndrew is ravishing to look at (though not to listen to). This truly bad and boring film's current listing in the bottom 100 is spot number 80, and personally I hope it sticks somewhere in that region. The list simply wouldn't feel and traditional without "The Bat People".

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