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MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for intense sequences of bat attacks, and brief language.

Reviewed by: Angela Spencer-Mukes

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Sci-Fi Horror
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 22, 1999
Copyright, Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures click photos to ENLARGE Lou Diamond Phillips in BATS

Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, Bob Gunton | Director: Louis Morneau | Producers: Brad Jenkel, Louise Rosner | Distributor: Destination Films

“Where do you hide when the dark is alive?”

As I stood in one of America’s new mega-plexes, I realized that despite numerous choices, it is often hard to find a movie worth viewing. Thus I compromised with my husband and agreed (albeit reluctantly) to see “Bats”.

“Bats” is the story of the destruction of a group of virally infected bats in midwestern America. The story includes, as do many other “monster-versus-man” movies, a scientist whose job it is to study, love, then hate and inevitably kill, the bats. Also included in this romp is the doctor’s assistant, a wise cracking black man, and the sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips), who for some reason simply must see these bats dead.

Offensive Material: There is quite a bit of cursing, and some bloody scenes. Although, this movie does indeed deserve its “PG-13” rating instead of the classic horror “R.” The bats are quite hideous to see up close. There is also a mad scientist that does not value human life, and attempts to act as God.

I think the most commendable thing about “Bats” is that it is not even remotely as offensive as other horror movies. There are no truly horrible scenes in the movie, and most of the bats are animated and are no more than black blurs on the movie screen. The mad scientist who wants to be a god of sorts does in fact learn that he cannot control his “creation” thus evil loses in the end.

“Bats” is truly just an average movie. The plot twists are predictable, and after five minutes in the theater we all know who will walk out alive. The bats are ugly, smart, and well animated, but are no more interesting than the monsters of several other creature features that have come out in recent years. So, while it is nice to see the good guys win again, if this is your only choice at the local mega-plex, maybe a good book would be in order.

Viewer Comments
“Bats” is a good, though fairly cliche, horror movie. The action scenes are cool and there are some suspenseful parts, but by the middle of the movie, you know who is going to live and who is going to die. Offensive Stuff: Gore and profanity, brief drinking. The cussing isn’t that bad… Bottom Line: Though the movie isn’t exactly “High Cinema,” it is still a good movie. My Ratings: [3/3]
Matt Quinn, age 15
Movie Critics
…unrealistic… not a good movie. But it is extremely entertaining… a cliché horror flick… cinematography… is absolutely terrific…
Andrew Lindemann, The Diamondback, U-Wire
…Filled with corny jokes, lame dialogue… moderately objectionable…
Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…violence abundant… graphic, animal violence, burning, bloody/gore, mutilation…
…a sleek rip-off of ‘The Birds’ that is fast, furious and watchable, but lacking in the two elements most essential to a silly scream fest like this: scares and laughs.
Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz