Movies Bats (1999, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer) Published 4 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 Episodes21 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes21 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes21 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes21 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes21 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago The Gifted: oMens (Season finale – S2EP16 FOX Tues 26 Feb 2019) oMens: Reeva prepares to carry out her plan for the Inner Circle, but not everyone is on the same page.... Episodes21 hours ago The Doorbell Rang Twice airs Tues 26 Feb 2019 on ID When three masked men break into the home of two newlyweds, it ultimately tests their courage in a night of... Episodes21 hours ago Temptation Island: Head in the Sand (S1EP7 USA Network Tues 26 Feb 2019) Mixed Messages: The couples are given the opportunity to communicate with their significant others. Airdate: Tuesday 26 February 2019 at... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.