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MST3K: It Lives by Night

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Yearning for all the excitement of a guided cave tour in Omaha, Nebraska? Look no further than It Lives By Night!

Our hero is a bat researcher named Johnny, who is the most interesting protagonist of that name since The Room - and with only one-third the uncalled-for sex-scenes. When Johnny wanders off from his tour group, he is bitten by a bat. Which, in accordance with B-movie law, begins his transformation into the all powerful MANBAT. Eat your heart out, Bruce Wayne!

Johnny’s wife, Mary Tyler Less, is very concerned about her husband’s loss of appetite and aversion to drinking fluids, but most worrisome are his horrifyingly fuzzy hands which were somehow designed by effects guru Stan Winston. But that cannot stop Manbat! Who embarks upon a bloodlust of the “mostly-off-screen” variety. 

I think we can all agree; this movie would have been more interesting if he had been bitten by a cow.

Join Mike, Servo and Crow as they squeak their squeaks for It Lives By Night!

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RiffMeter Rating

Average: 9.2 (16 votes)

Release Date

July 1, 2019


90 minutes


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Episode: 1010