Genetically mutated bats escape and it's up to a bat expert and the local sheriff to stop them.


Louis Morneau


John Logan





Complete credited cast:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Sheriff Emmett Kimsey
Dina Meyer ... Dr. Sheila Casper
Bob Gunton ... Dr. Alexander McCabe
Leon ... Jimmy Sands
Carlos Jacott ... Dr. Tobe Hodge
David McConnell ... Deputy Wesley Munn (as David Shawn McConell)
Marcia Dangerfield ... Mayor Amanda Branson
Oscar Rowland ... Dr. Swanbeck
Tim Whitaker Tim Whitaker ... Quint
Juliana Johnson Juliana Johnson ... Emma
James Sie ... Sergeant James
Ned Bellamy ... Major Reid
George Gerdes ... Chaswick
Kurt Woodruff Kurt Woodruff ... Major #2
Joel Farar Joel Farar ... Bartender


Bats, the result of a government experiment gone wrong, have suddenly become intelligent, vicious, and omnivorous, and are attacking people near Gallup, Texas. Bat specialist Sheila Casper and her assistant Jimmy are brought in but can they stop the bats before the military comes in and, in their ignorance, makes things worse? Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of bat attacks, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The production of the film had been planned to film the film in Mexico, where it would be much cheaper and cheaper to give a good profit to the budget but finally it was decided to film the film in the United States. See more »


Dr. Casper fires 7 rounds out of a revolver which holds but 6. See more »


Jimmy Sands: Clip their wings? Man, could you just shoot their damn heads off? And don't miss.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical and VHS versions are rated PG-13 while the DVD version is the R-rated cut. See more »


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Performed by Chris Anderson
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What's the Problem?
20 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What is all the commotion about with regard to this movie? So many people seem genuinely ticked off at it....and I am just curious about their expectations before seeing it. My expectations were realistic...meaning I didn't expect much, nor was I disappointed in my expectations. This film is bad, yet in a way fairly entertaining. Like many films of its ilk it is not trying to be taken too seriously. We can tell this by the compact acting styles, the huge loopholes in plot, and the horrendous dialogue. None of the actors are particularly good. The CGI effects are dismal, and when the bats attack close-up one cannot see anything in the blurred action. Watching it I almost felt it looked a bit like Gremlins, only to be taken seriously and without the professionalism of all concerned in that film. On the other hand, there are many ways your time could be used less effectively...personally I like watching bad movies....especially a bad movie you can sit through and not be bored out of your mind with. Bats is just that ...a bad movie you can sit through.

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Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

American Fork, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,717,902, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Destination Films See more »
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Technical Specs



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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