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Genetically mutated bats escape and it's up to a bat expert and the local sheriff to stop them.

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Bats, the result of a government experiment gone wrong, have suddenly become intelligent, vicious, and omnivorous, and are attacking people near Gallup, Texas. Bat specialist Sheila Casper and her assistant Jimmy are brought in but can they stop the bats before the military comes in and, in their ignorance, makes things worse? Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Where do you hide when the dark is alive? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of bat attacks, and brief language | See all certifications »

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22 October 1999 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,717,902 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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$10,149,779 (USA) (10 December 1999)
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With a final budget of 5.25 million, the film went on to gross well over 30 million worldwide in theatrical, DVD, Digital and Television sales. Though considered somewhat unsuccessful at the time, the film recouped its entire budget during its first 7 days of release. See more »

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Jimmy Sands: There. Now it's securer than the god damn Alamo.
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Meanwhile Back In The Bat Cave
12 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Bats, a film that should have premiered on the Science Fiction channel on cable, somehow got a theatrical release. If it had been made fifty years earlier I can definitely see Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi in the part that Bob Gunton plays as the mad scientist.

The scariest thing about Bats is not the creatures themselves although they are the ugliest looking things this side of the Black Scorpion. The scariest part of the film was Bob Gunton's portrayal of the mad scientist who created this race of killer omnivirous Bats. He's identified as working for the Center For Disease Control. I was watching this figuring out how this creep got government clearance.

Yet Gunton is the most enjoyable thing in this film. And you got to love the fact that he had all these government facilities to work with, he's not hidden away in some laboratory in an old castle the way Karloff and Lugosi used to be. He's bred this race of flying fox bats from Indonesia which are aggressive to begin with and they've taken up residence in a bat cavern in Lou Diamond Phillips's county where he's the sheriff.

After several suspicious deaths with mutilation, the cause is identified and zoologists Dina Meyer and Leon Robinson are brought in to clean out the bat cave. If you care about how and if they do it by all means watch the film and the hint is, think blob.

Bats will never go down as a great science fiction classic, but it does have a certain campiness to it. And Gunton is a hoot.


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