A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot takes a twist toward the end when supernatural forces are discovered working through the bats.Written by
Columbia Picturres spent a sizable portion of the film's budget hiring Oscar winning special effects master Carlo Rambaldi (E.T. and the 1976 remake of King Kong) to create "believeable, terrifying bats," since they realized that would be the key to the film being a box office hit. What they got for their money were creatures that looked exactly like what they were - battery powered, rubber bats mounted on poles that were incapable of looking or moving anything like actual bats. As a result, the film proved to be a major disappointment. See more »
Duran Nick Mancuso could not have ignited the crude oil with his lighter. The ignition temperature of crude is too high for what the lighter could produce. See more »
Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue
Performed by Crystal Gayle
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Pretty good by 1979 standards and if you're a Nick Mancuso fan as am I.
I rented this movie because the Martin Cruz Smith book had recently come my way and I found it quite good. The movie is not unfaithful to the book, though it does suffer in comparison in the strength of the characterizations - in the book we learn why Youngman Duran, Mancuso's character, is so tortured which, of course, makes his ordeal much more significant and meaningful. I'm writing mainly to defend David Warner whom another reviewer characterized as as "bad actor". Warner is a terrific character actor who can presently be heard doing a rich villiany voice on the Saturday morning "Men in Black" cartoon (which is better than the movie, in my opinion). It seems Americans have trouble with classically trained English actors whose diction and style may seem too broad if your only frame of reference is Brad Pitt. Recently went to "Peeping Tom" and sat next to a group of teenagers who laughed all the way through, completely oblivious to the historical context of the film and its quality. So "Nightwing" is pretty good - good character acting (also love Strother Martin), lovely cinematography, nice Mancini score. Blood and gore special effects quite restrained a la 1979 technology, so if that's your thing this isn't your movie.
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