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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Moon  »

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$5,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,149,779 (USA) (10 December 1999)

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Sheriff Emmett Kimsey: Are you kidding me? I am not up to my chest in bat shit.
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Very Entertaining
23 March 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Swarms of genetically altered bats have descended upon a small Texas Town and no one is safe.

The only hope to stop the killer bats is Sheila(Dina Meyer) who is a zoologist who studies bats, her assistant Jimmy(Leon) and the town Sheriff Emmett Kimsey(Lou Diamond Phillips)

Seems a lot of people here on imdb don't like this movie it's even number 50 on the bottom 100.

I thought Bats was a cool movie, sure the movie takes it self a bit too serious if Bats would have taken more of the approach like Eight Legged Freaks did it might have been a bit better.

But despite that Bats was a really fun movie.

The scene in which Emmett and Sheila are trapped in the car getting swarmed by the bats was awesome.

The Script by John Logan was well done, and Director Louis Morneau does a fine job.

As always Lou Diamond puts in a solid performance as does the rest of the cast.

Leon though steals the show and provides most of the comedy. Leon i think is a very talented actor who doesn't get enough respect.

I first took notice of him on Oz in Season 1 as Jefferson Keane and have been a fan since.

Bob Gunton also stars

Bats is nowhere near as bad as most people make it out to be.

I give Bats 7/10

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