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Devil Bat (1940)

Devil Bat

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Dec 13, 1940 Wide

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 2,030

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Movie Info

A village chemist (Bela Lugosi) is training a group of oversized bats to get revenge on his business partners. Also known as Killer Bats, the film earned a sequel five years later (Devil Bat's Daughter).

Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
,
Written By:
John T. Neville , Alex Gordon , Jean Yarbrough
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 18, 2002
Runtime:
Independent International Pictures Corp.


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Critic Reviews for Devil Bat

All Critics (11) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (5) | DVD (4)

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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
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!"

Full Review… | September 21, 2013
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!

Full Review… | December 31, 2004
StaciWilson.com

Rubbed me the right way.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Devil Bat

½

It's very simple. You want Lugosi to be a vampire again, but you don't want to rip off the success of Dracula. How do you do it? Make Lugosi a doctor who experiments on bats that he trains to go out and kill people at night for him. Oh, and you might not want to call it a vampire bat... that would be too obvious. To me, that pretty much sums up The Devil Bat. It's an attempt to capitalize on Lugosi's legacy as the most famous vampire in the history of cinema. Lugosi actually gives a great performance in the film, but the film's has some very broad humor mixed in that sort of destroys any sense of atmosphere it might have. There are two newspaper reporters who are constantly handing out one liners while they investigate the murders taking place. It's very silly at times, but it somehow works well enough for what it is. It isn't anything particularly scary, but it's enjoyable to an extent. It's good for Lugosi's performance, that much is certain.

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Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Chris Browning

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