The Devil Bat (1940)

The Devil Bat




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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: Jean Yarbrough, Edward D. Wood Jr., John T. Neville, Alex Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2002
Independent International Pictures Corp.


as Dr. Paul Carruthers

as Mary Heath

as Johnny Layton

as Henry Morton

as Maxine `Frenchy'

as `One-Shot' McGuire

as Martin Heath

as Martin Heath

as Donald `Don' Morton

as Thomas `Tommy' Heath

as Roy Heath

as Joe McGinty

as Chief Wilkins

as Prof. Raines

as Coroner

as Walter King

as Roy Heath
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Bat

All Critics (11)

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

I smell a bat!

Full Review… | December 31, 2004

Rubbed me the right way.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Devil Bat


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.

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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