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Nightwing (1979)

PG | | Horror | 22 June 1979 (USA)
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Steve Shagan (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Mancuso ... Youngman Duran
David Warner ... Phillip Payne
Kathryn Harrold ... Anne Dillon
Stephen Macht ... Walker Chee
Strother Martin ... Selwyn
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ... Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ... John Franklin
Charles Hallahan ... Henry
Judith Novgrod Judith Novgrod ... Judy
Alice Hirson ... Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ... Vet
Charlie L. Bird Charlie L. Bird ... Beejay (as Charlie bird)
Danny Zapien Danny Zapien ... Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse Peter Prouse ... Doctor
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Storyline

A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot takes a twist toward the end when supernatural forces are discovered working through the bats. Written by B.M.

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What do you fear most - the dark... or something that waits in the dark? See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alas de noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Polyc International BV See more »
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979. See more »

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Youngman Duran: It just doesn't seem natural for a man to spend his life, his entire life, killing bats.
Phillip Payne: Not just bats. Vampire bats. I kill them because they're evil. There's a mutual grace and violence in all forms of nature; and each specie of life gives something in return for its own existence. All but one. The freak. The vampire bat alone is that specie. Have you ever seen one of their caves?
Youngman Duran: No.
Phillip Payne: I killed over 60,000 of them last year in Mexico. You really understand the presence of evil when you go into...
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[postscript] In recent years, vampire bats were discovered and destroyed in a cave in Val Verde County near Del Rio, Texas. See more »

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'Jaws' with wings?
3 September 2011 | by greene515See all my reviews

From Arthur Hiller Director of 'Silver Streak' 'Love Story' 'The Hospital' and many other great films comes 'Nightwing' Nick Mancuso is the deputy tribal policeman, who in a race against time to stop a vengeful shaman elders 'curse' on humanity due to him being against the expansion of western Ideals into his reservation.

The premise for 'Nightwing' is a brilliant high concept which can be called 'Jaws' with wings, the bat effects by Carlo Rambaldi which are by todays standard 'fake' but in this day and age of overused Digital Animation these effects stand out and don't look too obvious as modern effects tend to. David Warner plays a determined scientist, Kathryn Harrold is Mancuso's love interest who narrowly escapes the wrath of the bats. the highlight of the film is the sequence with the bigoted evangelists whilst camping in the outback meet a nasty end courtesy of the winged creatures. 'Nightwing' is an enjoyable Nature gone berserk movie which despite it's shortcomings is great fun. Henry Mancini's score is excellent.


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