Nightwing

1979

Arthur Hiller
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

Silly nonsense about vampire bats plaguing an Arizona Indian reservation.

Steeped in 70s New Age / Native Amercian stereotypes that date it even more than the fashions. Also one of those films that seems like it's trying to respect Native American culture, but manages to insult it instead. Hiller also looks like he's trying to say something about religious hyprocrisy (the Quaker missionary who leaves his wife to be de-blooded by vampire bats, then runs her over to boot), but it's lost in the welter of a not very scary horror film.

Mancuso and Macht are pretty weak leads, but Strother Martin's burnt-out missionary and especially David Warner's Van Helsing-like chiropterologist make the film watchable, if not good. Still better than the other vampire bat film set in the Southwest, The Bat People, though.

-Dave W.



22nd June 1979
Cinema



105 mins
1.85:1




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Nick Mancuso
Youngman Duran
David Warner
Philip Payne
Kathryn Harrold
Anne Dillon
Stephen Macht
Walker Chee
George Clutesi
Abner Tasupi
Strother Martin
Selwyn
Ben Piazza
Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton
John Franklin
Alice Hirson
Claire Franklin
Charles Hallahan
Henry
Judith Novgrod
Judy
José Toledo
Harold Masito
Pat Corley
Vet
Charlie L. Bird
Beejay
(as Charlie Bird)
Danny Zapien
Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse
Doctor
Richard Romancito
Ben Mamoa
Flavio Martinez
Isla Laloma
(as Flavio Martinez III)
Lena Carr
Pregnant Woman
Virginia P. Maney
Old Squaw
Wade Stevens
Ambulance Attendant
Robert Dunbar
Helicopter Pilot
John R. Leonard Sr.
Helicopter Pilot
M. James Arnett
Stunt Coordinator
(as James Arnett)
Glynn Rubin
Stunts
Gary Epper
Stunts
Craig R. Baxley
Stunts
(as Craig Baxley)

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