The Bad Batch (2016) - IMDb
In a desert dystopia, a young woman is kidnapped by cannibals.


Ana Lily Amirpour
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suki Waterhouse ... Arlen
Jason Momoa ... Miami Man
Jayda Fink ... Honey
Keanu Reeves ... The Dream
Jim Carrey ... The Hermit
Yolonda Ross ... Maria
Aye Hasegawa Aye Hasegawa ... Mousey
Giovanni Ribisi ... The Screamer
Louie Lopez Jr. Louie Lopez Jr. ... Chuy (as Louie Lopez)
E.R. Ruiz ... Lone Man
Cory Roberts ... Big Black Bridge Man
Joni Podesta Joni Podesta ... Muscle Woman #1
Almayvonne ... Muscle Woman #2 (as Almayvonne Dixon)
Danielle Orner Danielle Orner ... One Legged Dancing Girl
Mandy Pursley Mandy Pursley ... Junkyard Amputee Woman


THE BAD BATCH follows Arlen (Waterhouse) after she's left in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilization. While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals led by the mysterious Miami Man (Momoa). With her life on the line, she makes her way to The Dream (Reeves). As she adjusts to life in 'the bad batch' Arlen discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who's standing next to you.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Much of the filming was done in Bombay Beach, California. Which is "technically" still part of Niland, California, and many locals were cast as extras in the film. See more »


The Last scene. Where do you find that many rocks for a fire pit in the middle of a desert? See more »


[first lines]
Female Voice: [making announcements] USRCs employees are advised to avoid prolonged physical contact with bad batch inmates. This includes eye contact.
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Fish Paste
Written by Justin De Nobrega, Yo-Landi Visser (as Anri Du Toit), Ninja (as Watkin Tudor Jones)
Performed by Die Antwoord
Courtesy of Zef Entertainment/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Terribly underrated!
25 March 2020 | by pmcjrwSee all my reviews

This is my first, and possibly only, review on IMDB. Felt I needed to come out in defense of this film which I regrettably put off watching for so long. There was initially two things that put me off after I'd seen A Girl Walks Home and wanted more Ana Lily Amirpour: cannibals and Jason Momoa's eyebrows (seriously, those things are straight out of a comic book). Anyway if you can get past a little gore and the f'd up concept of cannibalism this film is a worthy, bigger budget follow up to AGWHAAN. Suki Waterhouse creates an icon with the role, Keanu's character will come at you like a curveball, and everyone else is diggable yet understated.

I love Amirpour's pacing and the breath she allows into films. To sum up, you get some dystopian sci-fi, a little horror, and a really good movie about compassion and heart. Watch this film, and keep The Dream alive!

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Release Date:

23 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,111, 25 June 2017

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2.35 : 1
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