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The Bat People (1974)

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.

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Jerry Jameson

Writer:

Lou Shaw
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Cast

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 Delaney Pat Delaney ... Ms. Jax
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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel of Fear See more »

Filming Locations:

Bishop, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is also known by another name. When it was released it was titled "It Lives by Night", and was spoofed by MST3K under that name. See more »

Goofs

There are palm fronds and leaved trees seen outside the hospital window when the doctor escapes, but during the car chase through the town you see the trees are all bare because its winter. See more »

Quotes

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

Angel of Fear
Music by Artie Kane
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Sally Stevens
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Groovy, man.... far out!
31 July 2000 | by Mike Sh.See all my reviews

This movie may not be classic material (to put it charitably), but it does have a couple of things going for it. Not the plot, dialogue, production values, or anything else meaningless like that. But it does have a sense of time and place (a chic Colorado ski resort in the midst of the swingin' Seventies), and it does have Paul Carr as Dr. Kipling, the very archetype of the hip, swingin' Seventies dude. With the blow-dried coif (reminiscent of those old "Dry Look" ads), the bushy moustache, the deep, mellow voice and manner, and overall air of grooviness, Dr. Kipling is the ultimate in Seventies cool! Confident without being smug or arrogant, cool without being aloof, this man is a suitable role model for anyone to emulate.

As for the movie itself, well, it bites.


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