A scientist (Bob Gunton!) has genetically engineered the local population of bats in order to make them super intelligent and aggressive. Though he says that he just wanted to make sure that the bats never went extinct, the ultimate result of his experiment is that the bats are now killing all of the citizens of a small town in Texas. With the National Guard threatening to blow up the town, it’s up to Sheriff Emmett Kimsey (Lou Diamond Phillips!), Dr. Alexandra McCabe (Dina Meyer!), and assistant Jimmy Sands (Leon, so cool that he only needs one name!) to figure out how destroy the bats without destroying everyone’s home.
Now, this is how you make a killer bat movie! There’s a lot of stupid things about Bats but it’s still a thousand times better than Nightwing. I liked the idea of superintelligent bats more than the idea of just angry bats. The bats are too clever for the humans, often seeing straight though their plans. Nightwing took itself very seriously. Bats does not and is therefore, better in every regard. The bats are always on the attack, the good guys are always running from one place to another, and the National Guard just wants to blow everything up. It’s a fun B-move, with the B standings for Bats.
You have to love that cast, too. Any movie with Lou Diamond Phillips and Leon is going to be cooler than any movie without them. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the two of them hunt bats in their spare time because they really seemed to know what they were doing. Dina Meyer was obviously cast more because she looks like Dina Meyer than because she’s really a credible scientist but she still handles all the bat talk without embarrassing herself. Bob Gunton is a great bad guy, as always.
Bats is dumb, silly, and terrifically entertaining.