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Attack of the Bat Monsters (1999)

A group of low-budget filmmakers make a horror movie.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dalmon Michael Dalmon ... Chuck Grayson
Maurice Ripke ... Antonio
Fred Ballard Fred Ballard ... Francis Gordon
Casie Tabanou ... Beverly Carver (as Casie Waller)
Ryan Wickerham ... Jack Haroldson
Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor ... Larry Meeker Jr.
Robert Graham Robert Graham ... Arthur Considine
Bill Wise
Robert Bassetti Robert Bassetti ... Bobby Barnstone
Doc McFadzen Doc McFadzen
Glenn Zoch Glenn Zoch
Mark Spacek Mark Spacek
Barbara Whitbeck Barbara Whitbeck
Emily Cropper Emily Cropper
Patsy Goldwater Patsy Goldwater


A group of low-budget filmmakers make a horror movie.

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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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The character of Francis Gordon, played by Fred Ballard, is based on Roger Corman. See more »


Francis Gordon: When the monster's dead. the movie's over.
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I heartily recommend this inventive, funny movie.
18 January 2003 | by dharmata2See all my reviews

I heartily recommend this movie, which won Best Narrative Film at Hollywood's Dances With Films indie film festival in the year 2000. Set in southern California in 1959, ATTACK OF THE BAT MONSTERS follows

the exhausted but resourceful Chuck Grayson (Michael Dalmon) as he scrambles

to meet the challenge thrown down from on high by his boss, the penny-pinching producer-director Francis Gordon (Fred Ballard). That challenge? -- To put

together and shoot an entire "creature feature" in a scant three days, using the grouchy, exhausted cast and crew who have just finished filming "Monster From the Mineshaft." Why just three days? Because MFTM wrapped three days early and Gordon, a

selfish, demanding character patterned after the notorious real-life low-budget indie filmmaker Roger Corman, intends to milk his equipment, talent and permits at the rock quarry for every last ounce of movie making. Chuck's biggest difficulties consist of coming up with a title, a script, a monster and an affordable star (i.e., washed-up and cheap) to boost the marquee value of the movie. For the script, Chuck recruits a hop-head beatnik writer, played by Robert Bassetti, to write as they shoot. To make the monster, he coaxes a

mad-scientist-like sociopath portrayed by Bill Wise. For his "name" actor, Chuck reels in the boozy, seedy Larry "The Cat Creature" Meeker, Jr. (Douglas Taylor). You get two movies for the price of one here, for as ATTACK OF THE BAT

MONSTERS gets filmed, you get to see clips from the final black-and-white

product, which in style and content (down to the thriller music by Tim Bushong) is a hilarious pastiche of all those drive-in movies of yesteryear that crammed

together science-fiction, outlandish monsters and (for the European market) some bare-breasted titillation. ATTACK OF THE BAT MONSTERS offers numerous comic sequences that build

to a rollicking climax, and the entire cast is fun to watch. Robert Graham, as the aged Shakespearian actor reduced to playing the wise old scientist, is both funny and touching. Ryan Wickerham, as Chuck's macho, fun-loving best friend and

hunkish leading man, is amusing throughout, and Casie Waller, as Gordon's

burnt-out "scream queen" girlfriend, shines in several scenes, especially the one where she teaches an extra the finer points of screaming for film. The tension between Fred Ballard's Gordon and Michael Dalmon's Chuck Grayson provides a

couple of genuine moments of pathos. In fact, Ballard and Dalmon are in a sense the two straight men for the wacky assemblage of misfits they're herding. Shot on a frayed-shoestring of a budget in and around Austin, Texas, the film does a fine job of creating the period and locale. Nicely lensed in Super-16mm by Tom Hennig. The Bat Monster herself is laugh-out loud funny and is the creation of Joe Castro, who has also displayed his talents in such genre films as

HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (produced by the real Roger Corman), and


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