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Nightwing (1979)

 -  Horror  -  22 June 1979 (USA)
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Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

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Youngman Duran
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Phillip Payne
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Anne Dillon
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Walker Chee
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Selwyn
George Clutesi ...
Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ...
Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ...
John Franklin
Charles Hallahan ...
Henry
Judith Novgrod ...
Judy
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Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ...
Vet
Charlie L. Bird ...
Beejay
Danny Zapien ...
Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse ...
Doctor
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A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot turns extra hokey toward the end when supernatural forces are discovered working through the bats. Written by K.L

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The bats of hell let loose upon the earth... See more »

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979. See more »

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Phillip Payne: [repeated Line] They piss blood
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Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984) See more »

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Performed by Kenny Rogers
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Mysticism Uber Alles
30 October 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

This movie's fun, if based on a questionable premise. We have the stereotypical Menace -- in this case, vampire bats -- who have to be exterminated before they Get Us All, and the pivotal character is an American Indian cop.

A tribal elder on a reservation is apparently behind the appearance of the bats, as he apparently shamanistically summoned them to "end the world." This because sacred grounds are being threatened by an industrialist, who wants to exploit resources.

Now, a word of reality here: movies to the contrary, real Vampire Bats don't suck blood. They evolved from fruit bats, and they nip their sleeping victims and lap the blood. The astonishing thing is that they do this without waking their victims. Their bite and anticoagulant saliva are being studied by medical institutions for new technological advances (in surgery and anesthesiology). They're neither aggressive nor dangerous.

Nonetheless, the movie bats are a menace, and a force of nature. The film reaches a satisfactory ending, which solved the problem set up by the industrialist, too. Fun, but not to be taken seriously.


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