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(1999)

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Produced in just under 6 months, the picture continues to hold one of the top spots for fastest produced 35mm feature films (from script-to-screen) to receive a wide-release. Pre-production: Script acquired/director hired: May, 1999. Production: June & July, 1999. Post-Production: Edited (including 250+ visual effects) Scored & Mixed: August & September, 1999. The film was released on 2,540 screens in the U.S. on October 22, 1999.
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With a final budget of $5.25 million, the film recouped it all in its first week in theaters. It grossed well over $30 million worldwide in theatrical, DVD, digital, and television sales.
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The local movie theatre is playing Nosferatu (1922), the original vampire movie.
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The bats in the film were a combination of animatronics, CGI, and 2 live bats. The 2 original bats in the film were brought over from Indonesia.
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The stock USAF aircraft footage was taken from the movie Iron Eagle II (1988).
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The sheriff's office set was built in the hallway of a grade school.
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At the beginning of 1999, Destination Films opened its doors and was looking for a picture for a Halloween release. Bats was the company's first feature film.
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Theatrical teaser trailers, (which included no images from the actual film), appeared in theaters as the picture had just begun its second week of a 28 day shoot. No actual full-length trailers were ever created in time for the film's theatrical release.
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Lou Diamond Phillips brought his own cigars. Moreover, Phillips also ad-libbed some of his dialogue.
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Shot in thirty-six days.
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The film was to originally be titled Blood Moon.
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The first scene in the movie was filmed on the first day of shooting.
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Dina Meyer dyed her hair blonde for her role as Dr. Sheila Casper.
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The shots of the full moon were added digitally in post-production.
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The ticket booth that gets destroyed was originally a phone booth.
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Leon was referred to by his character's name of Jimmy by the cast and crew throughout the shooting of this film.
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Graeme Revell composed the score in Seattle, Washington.
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The bat guano pit set was built in a warehouse.
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Official Selection Gerardmer-Fantastic Arts Film Festival, France 2000.
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Carlos Jacott was cast two days prior to the shooting of this movie.
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Jimmy Sands was a more serious character in earlier drafts of the script.
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