Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 35
Neither scary nor creepy.
Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9
Neither scary nor creepy.
Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 20,661
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,
Oct 22, 1999 Wide
Aug 7, 2001
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Once the little beasts start crawling into cars through the exhaust pipes with malevolent intent and dive-bombing people in convenience stores, it's hard not to think of Gremlins.
yeah, that's what the world needs
You really want to like it. It's kind of funny in a simple, old-fashioned kind of way, like the B-movies of old. But it really doesn't have much energy or imagination.
Having your own house infested with bats would be more welcome.
Treat yourself to a quality cinematic experience. Go to the theatre and see anything else that's playing.
Bats sticks to the ground rules of its genre and gets through a story at once predictable and preposterous with an ingratiating absence of pretension.
The film skillfully mixes in humor (thanks in great part to the straight-faced clichéd phrases and no-nonsense lines delivered by Leon) without undermining the tension.
Now here we go, a resolutely B-movie thriller with delusions of grandeur.
You might be surprised at the tension that pervades this enjoyably cheesy movie.
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