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Bats [DVD] [1999]


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  • Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E3HIZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Zoologist Dr Sheila Casper (Dina Meyer) is one of a special team put together to investigate why bats in the Texan town of Gallup have begun attacking and killing the inhabitants. When scientist Alexander McCabe (Bob Gunton) reveals that the bats have probably become infected by a pair of Asian flying foxes that he experimented with - increasing both their intelligence and viciousness - Casper joins forces with town sheriff Emmett Kimsey (Lou Diamond Phillips) to try and locate the bats' lair and put them into hibernation.

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Bats is for everyone who misses those old Roger Corman monster movies, only it has animatronics and computer effects instead of papier-mâché. The title pretty much sums up the plot: crazed bats are running amok, disembowelling people and cattle. Only beautiful wildlife zoologist Dina Meyer and stalwart sheriff Lou Diamond Phillips can save the day. Let's be frank: the scenario is ludicrous, the dialogue awful, the special effects unconvincing--try as they might, the bats just aren't that scary--but what does it matter? The movie rips along effectively. There's always a bat attack just around the corner and the director makes liberal use of all kinds of editing and camera effects, including adistorted bat-cam point of view that makes no sense at all but is pretty entertaining. Various scenes imitate Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, but lack even a hint of that film's eerie precision. The actors play it straight without trying to be particularly serious. All in all, Bats knows what it is--trash-horror--and accomplishes its ends with good humour. Not quite up to the standard of Tremors (still the definitive trash-horror flick), but better than most. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Bats may well be the second best swarm of bats threatens Texas town movie ever made and also serves as a timely reminder that the 'acclaimed playwright' who wrote The Aviator is also responsible for more generic efforts like Star Trek Nemesis and The Time Machine remake. The major thing the film has going for it is that at least it knows its rubbish even though it does play it straight, even when the dialog is pure z-movie ("Yes, major - it was us!"). The characters are standard issue: Lou Diamond Philips is the small town Texas sheriff hiding a dark secret (he's an opera fan), Dina Mayer the bat expert whose insistence that she could never willingly hurt a bat translates into killing hundreds of the suckers while Bob Gunton's the mad scientist who genetically enhanced the vicious little bloodsuckers. Why? "Because I'm a scientist. That's what we do."

Naturally, the bats head for the nearest town showing a revival of Nosferatu (it doesn't state whether its Murnau or Herzog, but clearly small town Texans have eclectic arthouse tastes), and this being Texas, where everybody knows everything about everything and immediately fill the streets with expendable extras for the obligatory Bodega Bay scene, man is on the menu. Of course, these deadly bats only need to take one swoop and bite out of the bit players to take them out of the movie, but can swarm all over one of the leading players and leave them only mildly scratched, just as it's a well know movie fact that being attacked by any flying creature brings on a bad case of weird camera effects, and this one ups The Swarm's slow motion with a misaligned lens: once your image is distorted, you'd better have your affairs in order. Junk, but watchable junk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By william on 30 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
this is a great movie about
genetically enhanced bats,
who are turned into carnivores,
and terrorise a small american/mexican border town,
who has lou diamond philips as its sheriff,
you know quite predictable but a must for any collector,
an excellent outbreak type movie,
with some outstanding acting and some very good effects,william
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This modern remake of "In Cold Blood." This is not the first bat movie and will probably not be the last. However you have to admit that the close-ups show such little cuties that only a mother could love them. And the mad scientist makes faces that look like Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964).

At one point they decide that the bats are intelligent (e=(mc*2)). So when they thought about cooling off the little critters. I had this vision that a farmer saying that the bats had snatched his sheep bald. And the next scene is of all these bats wearing cardigan sweaters.

The plot is simple and straightforward; get rid of the bats. Some may say that this is a bat plot. But I say it is good.

By using batteries and fencing to protect a building, the movie looked like a cross between a bug zapper and the old James Arness "The Thing" movie where he is the vegetable from outer space. Sometimes I think the actors winged it. The graphics were great. You could tell they were graphics and did not have to guess wither it was real or Memorex. And have you ever seen a movie where they said Chiroptera with a straight face. Was she that Egyptian Pharaoh with Anthony?

What do you want from this movie? "BLOOD?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottPaul ScottPaul on 13 July 2012
Format: DVD
In the midst of the tiresome slasher revival of the late 90s that 'Scream' began, this nifty little creature-feature flitted into cinemas by the skin of its wing and dared to take us back to that greatly missed and brilliant animal-attack horror pack of the 1970s, and along with 1999's other equally ignored but typically fine animal pedigrees ('Shark Attack' and 'Komodo'), which were then followed by the creepy-crawlers of 'They Nest'. On a budget almost as miniscule as the world's smallest bat, director Louis Morneau should be applauded for assembling a small group of quietly impressive character actors in a charming location and letting rip with some of the finest not-so-obviously digital FX seen in a movie of this type, and unlike the slipstream of pop-culture saturated, bloodless slashers and moribund car-crash twist-enders resulting from 'seeing dead people', 'Bats' commits the cardinal sin among 90s critics by playing it absolutely straight, and giving something familiar, yet clearly unhip for the 'new' audience. Bloody tough, that, cos on DVD, revellers who appreciate some finely-tuned suspense in a recognisable setting, which also won't scrimp on some well-achieved attack sequences, will actually invite a bite. Or two.

Add to this the gorgeous Dina Meyer who convinces as a batologist far moreso than the usually big-boobed pretenders in the scientific roles, the caring, deliberately unstereotypical sheriff winningly rendered by Lou Diamond Phillips who actually cares about his flock (sorry) of townspeople, and Bob Gunton, who has fun as an amalgamation of just about every nutty nature-meddler that's ever set foot in a lab, and you're in great company and there's so very little to find fault with her. Even the disc has a nest of extras, very rare for a flick of this type.
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