10/6/17 THE BAT PEOPLE (a.k.a. IT LIVES BY NIGHT) Released as The Bat People many years ago on DVD by MGM (part of the Midnite Movies line) & on Blu-ray this summer from Scream Factory. "Half Man, half bat, All terror!" reads the back cover of Scream's release. Doesn't exactly have the ring to it that Joe Dante's Matinee (1993) utilized for the MANT: "Half man, half ant, All terror!" A biologist (Stewart Moss) & his wife (Marianne McAndrew) are in New Mexico on their honeymoon while the husband tries to fit in some fieldwork & research. During a cave tour of Carlsbad Caverns, the couple decides to get naughty & breaks away from the group tour. While playing around underground, Moss is bitten by a resident bat. With their honeymoon now royally fucked up, the guy is now doomed to become a homicidal beast. There's no getting around some rather laughable acting from Moss while he deals with rabies & physical transformations. Unfortunately you don't get to see the fully transformed "BATMAN" in action all that much. Probably a cost cutting measure. What we do get to see (have to wait until near the end) looks good thanks to the makeup effects of Stan Winston - he also did the title monsters in the made for television film Gargoyles just two years earlier. Also set in the vicinity of Carlsbad Caverns. Michael Pataki is good as the Police Sergeant on the case who also has the hots for the wife on her honeymoon. Gargoyles is the better movie, but The Bat People is a pretty fun production from American International Pictures.