The Bat People
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|The Bat People|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
|Produced by||Lou Shaw|
|Written by||Lou Shaw|
|Starring||Stewart Moss |
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
The Bat People is a 1974 American horror film directed by Jerry Jameson and distributed by American International Pictures. Starring Stewart Moss and Marianne McAndrew, the film tells the story of a doctor who, after being bitten by a bat in a cave, undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat creature.
Dr. John Beck, recently married, decides to take his wife, Cathy, spelunking in Carlsbad Caverns for their honeymoon. While there on a tour, the couple gets lost in the bat cave. Dr. Beck, who specializes in bats, is bitten by a fruit bat. He then, inexplicably, begins to transform into a vampire bat. He visits a doctor who attempts to help his condition. Unfortunately the doctor’s treatment does not seem to be working. In fact, it is aggravating his condition. As he begins to transform, Dr. Beck unwittingly goes on a killing spree, catching the attention of the cruel Sergeant Ward. The doctor begins to wonder if Dr. Beck is just imagining everything, and suggests that he seek a psychiatrist. Beck returns to the original cave to seek solace. In the end, Cathy becomes a vampire (after having sex with Beck) and rejoins her husband in the bat cave.
- Stewart Moss as Dr. John Beck
- Marianne McAndrew as Cathy Beck
- Michael Pataki as Sgt. Ward
- Paul Carr as Dr. Kipling
- Arthur Space as the Tramp
- Robert Berk as the Motel Owner
- Pat Delaney as Ms. Jax
- George Paulsin as Boy in Pickup
- Bonnie Van Dyke as Girl in Pickup
- Jennifer Kulik as Nurse/Victim (credited as Jeni Kulik)
- Laurie Brooks Jefferson as Nurse
- Herb Pierce as Park Ranger (Uncredited)
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The film performed poorly at the box office.
The film was released on DVD by MGM as a double feature with The Beast Within on September 11, 2007. It was later released by Shout! Factory as a 4-film horror set on April 15, 2014. Shout! Factory released the film for the first time on Blu-ray on July 18, 2017.
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The Bat People has received mostly negative reviews from critics.
Dave Sindelar, on his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings gave the film a negative review, calling it "forgettable". In his review of the film, Sindelar criticized the film's "leisurely pace", overuse of close-ups, and conclusion. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever awarded the film one out of four bones, calling it "[a] Less-than-gripping horror flick". TV Guide awarded the film two out of five stars, commending the films special effects but criticizing the film's script and "mediocre" acting. The Terror Trap gave the film 2/4 stars, writing, "this 1974 drive-in horror boasts some beautiful snowy vistas and picturesque desert landscapes. But that's not enough to save it from being overly sleepy, and poorly paced."
- Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p. 19
- The Bat People. N.p. Film.
- "The dime-store way to make movies-and money" By Aljean Harmetz. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Aug. 1974: 202.
- "The Bat People (1974) - Jerry Jameson". Allmovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- Sindelar, Dave. "The Bat People (1974)". Fantastic Movie Musings.com. Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
- Jim Craddock (2011). VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. Gale/Cengage Learning. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-4144-4878-7.
- "The Bat People - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TVguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "The Bat People (1974)". Terror Trap.com. The Terror Trap. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- The Bat People at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Bat People at AllMovie
- The Bat People on IMDb
- The Bat People at Rotten Tomatoes