- 1 hr 31 min
Bats is a horror movie released in 1999, directed by Louis Morneau, and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, and Bob Gunton. The story follows a small town in Texas, where a series of gruesome murders have taken place. The cause of these murders is not known initially, but as the movie progresses, it is revealed that it is a colony of genetically altered bats that is responsible for the killings. The movie begins with Dr. Sheila Casper(Dina Meyer), a bat specialist, who is called upon to investigate a colony of bats that has been sighted in the town of Gallup, Texas. Along with her team, she sets up a monitoring station to study the bats. However, things take a turn for the worse when a group of teenagers stumble upon a cave that is home to the genetically altered bats. The bats attack and kill the teenagers, setting off a chain of events that involves the entire town. As the deaths continue, the town hires a bat exterminator, Emmett Kimsey (Lou Diamond Phillips), to deal with the infected bats. Emmett is a loner with a troubled past, who is cynical about the situation. He initially dismisses Dr. Casper's theories about the bats being genetically altered and blames them on some new type of virus. However, as the body count increases, Emmett becomes more and more convinced that the colony of bats is responsible. Dr. Casper and Emmett team up to find a way to stop the bats before they kill any more people. They discover that the bats are intelligent and have developed the ability to hunt in packs. They are also immune to most poisons, which makes it challenging to exterminate them. As they work together, the chemistry between them deepens, adding a romantic angle to the story. Meanwhile, the local sheriff (Bob Gunton) is under pressure to ensure the safety of his town. He is portrayed as a hard-nosed, by-the-book lawman, who is unwilling to listen to the suggestions of Dr. Casper and Emmett. However, as the situation becomes more critical, he realizes that he needs their help to save the town. The movie's climax is intense and filled with action. With the help of the townsfolk, Dr. Casper and Emmett trap the bats in the town's high school gymnasium, where they face a final showdown with the intelligent creatures. The scene is dramatic and satisfying, with twists and turns that keep the viewer on the edge of their seat until the very end. In conclusion, Bats is an entertaining horror movie filled with suspense, action, and a touch of romance. The talented cast gives excellent performances, and the special effects are impressive, considering the movie's release date. It is a classic example of a 90s-style horror film that manages to deliver a thrilling experience without relying on excessive gore or jump scares. Although it is not a masterpiece, Bats is an enjoyable movie that is well worth a watch for fans of the genre. However, it may not be for everyone, as some audiences may find the premise a little ridiculous.