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The Bat People (1974)

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After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife.


Jerry Jameson


Lou Shaw





Complete credited cast:
Stewart Moss ... Dr. John Beck
Marianne McAndrew ... Cathy Beck
Michael Pataki ... Sgt. Ward
Paul Carr ... Dr. Kipling
Arthur Space ... Tramp
Robert Berk Robert Berk ... Motel Owner
Pat Delany ... Ms. Jax (as Pat Delaney)
George Paulsin George Paulsin ... Boy in Pickup
Bonnie Van Dyke Bonnie Van Dyke ... Girl in Pickup
Jennifer Kulik ... Nurse / Victim (as Jeni Kulik)
Laurie Brooks Jefferson Laurie Brooks Jefferson ... Nurse


A doctor specializing in bats, and his new wife interrupt their honeymoon to go spelunking in Carlsbad Cavern. There he is bitten by a fruit bat and inexplicably undergoes a transformation into a vampire bat. He ultimately escapes, however, escaping back to the caves. His wife, infected by her husband, kills the local constabulary and goes to join him. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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After the sun has set and the night wind has died comes the hour of the bat people!


Horror | Romance


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Did You Know?


Three of the actors appeared in Star Trek through Original Series and Star Trek: The next Generation Stewart Moss- "The Naked Time"(Joe Tormolen)/ "The Cloud Miners(Hanar)TOS Paul Carr- "Where no man has gone before,"-Lee Kelso Michael Pataki- "The Trouble with Tribbles"- Korax, "Too Short a Season,"- Karnas- ST:TNG See more »


Dr. Beck's field changes from caves, to bats, to "preventative medicine." See more »


Dr. John Beck: You're quite the philsopher!
Tramp: That's me: Jack-of-all-thoughts and master of none.
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Alternate Versions

For its 1999 airing on the cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 there were some brief cuts made to the movie, which was shown under the alternate title "It Lives By Night." Among the cuts were the shot of the nurse laying dead after falling, the sequence of two lovers making out in a truck before the girl is killed in the trailer court, and the images of the sheriff preparing to shoot himself after being attacked by bats during the finale. See more »


Angel of Fear
Music by Artie Kane
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Sally Stevens
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8 December 2017 | by JamesMovieGuy_117See all my reviews

After a doctor is bitten by a bat, he goes on a killing spree as a man-bat creature.

The Bat People is a slow and sluggish film with very little thrills or excitement. The premise isn't a bad one but it's so poorly executed that you end up bored throughout the entire picture.

The only redeeming factor is the decent make-up effects by a young Stan Winston. However even they are very few and far between.

Most of the time you're treated to stock footage of bats and uninteresting characters.

So, if you want some 70's schlock then look no further than The Bat People. It currently has a 2.3/10 on IMDb so that should indicate what you're getting into.

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30 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Angel of Fear See more »

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