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(1999)

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Produced in just under 6 months, the picture continues to hold one of the top spots for fastest produced 35mm feature films (from script-to-screen) to receive a wide-release. Pre-production: Script acquired/director hired: May, 1999. Production: June & July, 1999. Post-Production: Edited (including 250+ visual effects) Scored & Mixed: August & September, 1999. The film was released on 2,540 screens in the U.S. on October 22, 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.
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The local movie theatre is playing Nosferatu (1922), the original vampire movie.
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The bats in the film were a combination of animatronics, CGI, and 2 live bats. The 2 original bats in the film were brought over from Indonesia.
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The stock USAF aircraft footage was taken from the movie Iron Eagle II (1988).
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Official Selection Gerardmer-Fantastic Arts Film Festival, France 2000.
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Theatrical teaser trailers, (which included no images from the actual film), appeared in theaters as the picture had just begun its second week of a 28 day shoot. No actual full-length trailers were ever created in time for the film's theatrical release.
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At the beginning of 1999, Destination Films opened its doors and was looking for a picture for a Halloween release. Bats was the company's first feature film.
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The first scene in the movie was filmed on the first day of shooting.
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Lou Diamond Phillips brought his own cigars. Moreover, Phillips also ad-libbed some of his dialogue.
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The sheriff's office set was built in the hallway of a grade school.
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Dina Meyer dyed her hair blonde for her role as Dr. Sheila Casper.
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Carlos Jacott was cast two days prior to the shooting of this movie.
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The shots of the full moon were added digitally in post-production.
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Jimmy Sands was a more serious character in earlier drafts of the script.
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The ticket booth that gets destroyed was originally a phone booth.
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Leon was referred to by his character's name of Jimmy by the cast and crew throughout the shooting of this film.
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Graeme Revell composed the score in Seattle, Washington.
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The bat guano pit set was built in a warehouse.
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Shot in thirty-six days.
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The film was to originally be titled Blood Moon.
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