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


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Did You Know?


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 »


The second cave tour is several days after the first. Both tours contain the same tourists, wearing the same clothes. 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 »


Featured in Movie Macabre: The Bat People (1982) See more »


Angel of Fear
Music by Artie Kane
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Sally Stevens
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Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah BATMAN!!!!
17 February 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"The Bat People" is a proud resident of the IMDb Bottom 100. Every once and a while the movie suddenly vanishes from the infamous list, depending on whether there are new movies with Paris Hilton in the lead or documentaries about American Idol stars, but it always reliably returns sooner or later. And why? Because, unlike the majority of crap in that list, "The Bat People" is a legitimate bad film and it deserves to be on there regardless of any media influences or internet buzz! This nearly isn't the worst film ever made, since the basic concept definitely has a certain charm and ingenuity, but it's still indescribably difficult to sit through the whole thing. The script is incredibly boring, with absolutely unnecessary padding footage and gigantic gaps in continuity, and yet the main characters still remain total strangers throughout the entire film. Other than a sensible screenplay, the film also lacks spectacular killing sequences and the make-up effects – although courtesy of a young Stan Winston – are ludicrously inept and remain largely unseen until the end of the film. The film's title is inaccurate, as "people" refers to a number in plural whereas the story actually just revolves on one Bat Person. Much more than Bruce Wayne, the real Batman plays in this movie and he as well has a genuine Bat-cave and a Bat-mobile (a stolen ambulance)! The plot introduces a young couple on their honeymoon-weekend exploring caves. They wander off from a guided tour group and he gets bitten by a bat whilst trying to protect his wife from the animal's vicious attack. Worried that he might be infected with rabies, he undergoes an intense treatment at the local hospital, but still this doesn't prevent him from slowly transforming into a bloodthirsty bat creature. He kills random people at night and toys around with the suspicious police sergeant whilst his loving wife is still vastly convinced the awkward behavior is exclusively due to allergic reactions to the rabies treatment. Sure, honey! The script never explains why a bat would attack people and how come John always changes back into a normal human being at the dawn of a new day instead of gradually turning into a permanent state of bat-guano. So basically, "The Bat People" is a variation on the good old werewolf-theme, but obviously not a very interesting one. The concept showed a lot of potential, but somehow the sub plots center on whiny drunks and perverted Sheriffs instead of on ghastly monsters. Some of the settings and exterior filming locations look impressive, the misfit song playing during the credits is strangely catchy, there's a nice bit of gore during the climax (finally!) and main actress Marianne McAndrew is ravishing to look at (though not to listen to). This truly bad and boring film's current listing in the bottom 100 is spot number 80, and personally I hope it sticks somewhere in that region. The list simply wouldn't feel and traditional without "The Bat People".

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30 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Angel of Fear See more »

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