Movies Bats (1999, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer) Published 7 months ago on November 2, 2018 Morneau’s cult horror opens with a suitably shocking scene, as a young couple making out on a warm summer night are killed by a swarm of bats. Surprisingly swiftly, the government take notice and put together a task force. Dr Sheila Kasper (Dina Meyer) is joined by the town’s sheriff Emmet Kimsey (Lou Diamond Phillips), and together they realise their colleague Dr Alexander McCabe (Bob Gunton) is to blame for the deaths, having developed a virus that increases the mammal’s intelligence and aggressiveness.. The bats’ attacks intensify, and it becomes obvious that if left unchecked, the new species will eventually overrun the planet. The military consider a carpet bombing campaign, but when Kasper claims this will never work she is given a few hours to activate her own plan: locate the bats’ lair, force the animals into hibernation and save humanity… It was a summer for beasts gone bad, with the glorious Lake Placid and the dubious Deep Blue Sea debuting. Morneau’s low-budget curiosity checks all the genre’s boxes – inept cops, eccentric heroes, mad scientist – but it works because there’s no grasp for profundity. It’s an unapologetic shocker built on the tension delivered by a decent script. Motivation and back story are expertly managed, leaving the solid Meyer and Phillips to compensate for the noticeable lack of digital sorcery. A tasty tribute to Hitchcock (trapping his heroine in a phone box a la Tippi Hedren) illustrates a sophisticated humour, and we’ll always have room for rubber bats purloined, presumably, from a prop room marked ‘House of Hammer’. production details USA | 91 minutes | 1999 Director: Louis Morneau Script: John Logan, cast Lou Diamond Phillips as Sheriff Emmett Kimsey Dina Meyer as Dr. Sheila Casper Bob Gunton as Dr. Alexander McCabe Leon as Jimmy Sands Carlos Jacott as Dr. Tobe Hodge David McConnell as Deputy Wesley Munn Marcia Dangerfield as Mayor Amanda Branson Oscar Rowland as Dr. Swanbeck Juliana Johnson as Emma Ned Bellamy as Major Reid George Gerdes as Chaswick James Sie as Sergeant James Bob GuntonCarlos JacottDavid McConnellDina MeyerGeorge GerdesHorrorJames SieJohn LoganJuliana JohnsonLeonLou Diamond PhillipsLouis MorneauMarcia DangerfieldNed BellamyOscar RowlandThriller Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes3 hours ago Victorian Sensations: Seeing and Believing Series Final Wed 5 Jun on BBC Four In the final episode of this series, psychotherapist Philippa Perry explores how the late Victorian passion for science co-existed with... Episodes3 hours ago The Looming Tower: The General (S1EP7 BBC-2 Fri 7 Jun 2019) The General: October 2000. John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels), anxious to chalk up a final ‘win’ in his FBI career, arrives... Episodes3 hours ago Summer Of Rockets Episode 3 airs Wed 5 Jun 2019 on BBC-2 Samuel (Toby Stephens) is tasked by Mr. Field (Mark Bonnar) to find out the names of the guests attending the... Episodes3 hours ago Hatton Garden Series Final airs Thurs 23 May 2019 A police surveillance team has found Collins (Alex Norton) through his white Mercedes, after it was captured on ANPR driving... Episodes3 hours ago Years And Years Episode 4 airs Tues 4 June 2019 Daniel’s (Russell Tovey) engagement to Viktor (Maxim Baldry) descends into panic, as events across Europe heat up. Rosie (Ruth Madeley)... search EPISODES Episodes3 hours ago Hatton Garden Episode 3 airs Wed 22 May 2019 Two days have passed since the gang escaped from the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Vault with millions in stolen goods,... Episodes3 hours ago Location, Location, Location: Croydon and Reading Revisit (S32EP7 Channel 4 Wed 29 May 2019) The show catches up with two couples from 2017 who were in a race against time to find homes. In... Episodes3 hours ago The Looming Tower: Boys at War (S1EP6 BBC-2 Fri 31 May 2019) Boys at War: Autumn 2000. From his latest camp in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda strategist Ayman al-Zawahiri (Nasser Faris) despatches Mohamed Atta... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.