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Nightwing (1979)

PG | | Horror | 22 June 1979 (USA)
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Steve Shagan (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Mancuso ... Youngman Duran
David Warner ... Phillip Payne
Kathryn Harrold ... Anne Dillon
Stephen Macht ... Walker Chee
Strother Martin ... Selwyn
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ... Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ... John Franklin
Charles Hallahan ... Henry
Judith Novgrod Judith Novgrod ... Judy
Alice Hirson ... Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ... Vet
Charlie L. Bird Charlie L. Bird ... Beejay (as Charlie bird)
Danny Zapien Danny Zapien ... Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse Peter Prouse ... Doctor
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Storyline

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 B.M.

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Taglines:

In the dead of night they come - Swift - Silent - Savage See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alas de noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Polyc International BV See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Youngman Duran: It just doesn't seem natural for a man to spend his life, his entire life, killing bats.
Phillip Payne: Not just bats. Vampire bats. I kill them because they're evil. There's a mutual grace and violence in all forms of nature; and each specie of life gives something in return for its own existence. All but one. The freak. The vampire bat alone is that specie. Have you ever seen one of their caves?
Youngman Duran: No.
Phillip Payne: I killed over 60,000 of them last year in Mexico. You really understand the presence of evil when you go into...
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Crazy Credits

[postscript] In recent years, vampire bats were discovered and destroyed in a cave in Val Verde County near Del Rio, Texas. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004) See more »

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Lucille
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Love it!!
11 January 2006 | by charlenelvSee all my reviews

I liked this movie so much that it prompted me to take a trip to New Mexico and to eventually move there!! Unfortunately, due to medical problems, I was forced to come back to Kansas, but I will never regret moving to the Southwest.

Okay, so Nick Mancuso, who played Duran, sounded like he was from the Bronx occasionally and the tribes were renamed, but I purchased the VHS tape many years ago and check out every DVD web site hoping to find it there. It is probably the only reason I still have a VCR.++++++

The book was written by Martin Cruz Smith, an accomplished author, it was directed by Arthur Hiller, and the musical score done by Henry Mancini. Just how bad could it be?? If it is a horror movie you are looking for, this is not going to satisfy you. But a movie about the hardships and superstitions that still persist on the Navajo and Hopi reservations is as relevant as it was when Nightwing was made back in the 70s. I think that if the movie had not been billed as a "horror" flick, it would have gained much more of a following. I find it quite amusing that although it has never been made as a DVD, it is still found almost every other month on one of the pay movie channels. So I guess I'm not the only one who thinks that Nightwing is worth watching!


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