The Bat People
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|The Bat People|
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
|Produced by||Lou Shaw|
|Written by||Lou Shaw|
|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.
The Bat People is also known by two alternate titles: It Lives By Night and It’s Alive.
Dr. John Beck, recently married, decides to take his wife, Cathy, spelunking in Carlsbad Cavern 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 did not seem to be working. In fact, they are 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 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 a 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 also reviewed by Youtuber “I Hate Everything” in a segment entitled “The Search For The Worst.” In this review the film is described as “boring, dull, uninteresting.”
The film was chosen to be "riffed" (mocked) in the tenth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- 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.