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Bats (1999)



Critic Consensus: Neither scary nor creepy.

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When the small Texas town of Gallup experiences a series of inexplicable bat attacks on local residence, the government calls upon eminent wildlife Zoologist Dr. Sheila Casper to investigate. Although usually a harmless and rather gentle animal, swarms of bats have suddenly become vicious, making Gallup a very dangerous place after the sun goes down. Sheila teams up with town sheriff Emmett Kimsey to discover why these nocturnal mammals have changed their behavior. As the attacks escalate, Sheila and Kimsey must locate and destroy the swarm's cave before the killing spreads.more
Rating: R (for some graphic, bloody bat attacks)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: John Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Destination Films


Lou Diamond Phillips
as Emmett Kimsey
Dina Meyer
as Dr. Sheila Casper
Bob Gunton
as Dr. Alexander McCabe
as Jimmy Sands
Carlos Jacott
as Dr. Tobe Hodge
David McConnell
as Deputy Munn
Marcia Dangerfield
as Mayor Branson
Oscar Rowland
as Dr. Swanbeck
James Sie
as Sergeant James
Ned Belamy
as Major Reid
George Gerdes
as Private Cheswick
Joel Farar
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Bats

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

This bad-scientist movie about bats that attack humans and the humans who track them -- Texas sheriff Lou Diamond Phillips and zoologist Dina Meyer -- is played straight, though it wasn't intended to be taken that way.

Full Review… | February 24, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A movie that's too unintentionally funny to be scary.

Full Review… | February 24, 2009
Associated Press
Top Critic

A vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

The bat attacks are a series of violent camera pans rendering everything a blur; the continuity and computer-generated imagery is dire; and the dialogue stinks, as do the performances.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's no knockout, but it's fun and gets the job done in a nonmalicious way, which more of today's punishing filmmakers should emulate.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Bats has nothing to do with baseball or Bela Lugosi. Too bad, because either would be a welcome distraction from this cheesy B-flick about genetically altered man-eating bats.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bats

Bats is a cliched, overdone genre film about deadly bats. The concept is old, tired and ultimately boring. The films plot is derivative of every other nature gone wild horror flick.Bats could have been something good, but it ultimately failed in delivering anything good to the screen. The film in originality, not providing us with interesting characters or story line. This film could have been good, instead it took liberties from other genre films, and it just became a big cliche riddled film. The payoff of the film is weak, and overall this is a lazy effort. The acting is sloppy, and is complemented by a very poor script. Bats is an example of a film that has had the misfortune of being in a genre of horror film that really is not interesting anymore. I mean, the nature gone wild genre has covered so much ground in the last three decades. Starting with Jaws, to Grizzlyu with Piranha, Alligator and Arachnophobia and culminating with Lake Placid. There has been other killer creature films since, but what separates this film from the newer films are that these films such as Rogue used cliched ideas in a refreshing way and had a good, well constructed script that used suspense and terror effectively well to tell its story However Bats doesn't do that. Bats uses cliches with a bad script, and it doesn't work. Stick with Jaws, Grizzly and the more recent Rogue. Bats just doesn't cut it, and it suffers from being a bad B movie that is more hilariously bad than scary. As a bad film, this one works, as a horror flick, it doesn't.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I wanted to see "Bats" as soon as I saw the previews over a year ago and I finally got to see it awhile ago. It wasn't anything like what I thought it would be. I was expecting it to be a good horror movie with great special effects. "Bats" turned out to be the worst horror movie I've seen in a long time.
A new breed of bat that was created by a man is terrorizing a small town in Texas. The bats kill everybody they see, so it's up to a wildlife zoologist (Dina Meyer) and a sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips) to try and get rid of the bats before it's too late.

"Bats" might have had better success a few years ago, but with the great horror movies that have been made lately, "Bats" just can't stand up to them. Sometimes the camera in the movie just goes in circles to where you can't see anything. There's not much plot to the movie other than to get rid of the bats. Finally, "Bats" was made in 1999. It's pretty bad when a movie made in the late 90's doesn't even have good special effects. The only thing that I did like about the movie was that the bats looked pretty cool.

Some people might like "Bats," but for me, it just wasn't what I was expecting it to be. Therefore, unless you really really want to see it, I wouldn't recommend watching it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Bigtime disappointment movie for me.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Amazing non-stop high-flying, action-packed scream ride, so frightfully good fun.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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