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Nightwing (1979)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 day belongs to man. The night is theirs. See more »

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Horror

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Morsures  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Abner Tasupi: The winged animals are Yelaw's messengers
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Connections

Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue
Performed by Crystal Gayle
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Love it!!
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie so much that it prompted me to take a trip to New Mexico and to eventually move there!! Unfortunately, due to medical problems, I was forced to come back to Kansas, but I will never regret moving to the Southwest.

Okay, so Nick Mancuso, who played Duran, sounded like he was from the Bronx occasionally and the tribes were renamed, but I purchased the VHS tape many years ago and check out every DVD web site hoping to find it there. It is probably the only reason I still have a VCR.++++++

The book was written by Martin Cruz Smith, an accomplished author, it was directed by Arthur Hiller, and the musical score done by Henry Mancini. Just how bad could it be?? If it is a horror movie you are looking for, this is not going to satisfy you. But a movie about the hardships and superstitions that still persist on the Navajo and Hopi reservations is as relevant as it was when Nightwing was made back in the 70s. I think that if the movie had not been billed as a "horror" flick, it would have gained much more of a following. I find it quite amusing that although it has never been made as a DVD, it is still found almost every other month on one of the pay movie channels. So I guess I'm not the only one who thinks that Nightwing is worth watching!


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