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Devil Bat

Devil Bat (1941)

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Release Date: Dec 13, 1940 Wide

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This campy, entertaining cheapie from PRC Pictures features Bela Lugosi as a chemist who plots an elaborate revenge scheme on his business partners, whom he feels have cheated him out of his share. To this end he develops a mutant breed of vicious, oversized bats and trains several of this breed to home in on a special chemical which he then blends with shaving lotion. Presenting gifts of the lotion to his partners as a peace offering (and browbeating them into splashing it on themselves while

Jun 18, 2002

Independent International Pictures Corp.

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In many of his movies, Bela Lugosi has bats in his belfry. But only in 'The Devil Bat' does he *really* have bats in his belfry, or at least in the secret chamber behind his hidden laboratory.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If nothing else, the film does offer the enviable opportunity to hear Lugosi bellow to one of his inferiors, "Imbecile! Bombastic ignoramus!"

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

the worst bat effect ever

May 2, 2008

Horror fluff noted for Lugosi starring role.

March 8, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

I smell a bat!

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Rubbed me the right way.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A corny Monogram cheapie, allowing Lugosi to chew the scenery.

August 31, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

You've got Lugosi giving it his all -- as if he believes he can hold this nonsense together by the sheer force of his will. And in some ways, he nearly does.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Devil Bat

I don't know why Lugosi couldn't have just been a vampire again, but I suppose this is supposed to be a variation on Dracula somehow. I don't know, but this was actually a good movie, and Lugosi is always cool.
September 27, 2010
ajv2688

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Dodgy 40's B-movie. Perfectly harmless and actually rather enjoyable. The bat is pretty hilarious once it takes flight and the story is ofcourse absurd. Other than its camp value there is nothing worth of note.
April 2, 2007
kiriyamakazou

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A campy and fun little horror film, elevated only by Bela Lugosi and his great portrayal of Dr. Paul Carruthers. The bat effects are pretty poor, especially by today's standards. The movie, despite its limitations, makes for a dark and fun little watch so long as your expectations are tempered. As usual like most of these older horror films, the ending is rapidly wrapped up with a generic happy ending. For fans of campy horror flicks or, like me, fans of Bela Lugosi who appreciative his wonderfully diabolical performances.
November 28, 2011
Chris Browning

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