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The Devil Bat (1940)

The Devil Bat




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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 in his presence), he subsequently unleashes his monstrous pets to tear them to pieces. Believe it or not, this was one of PRC's more successful horror programmers, spawning a the sequel Devil Bat's Daughter.more
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.


Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Paul Carruthers
Suzanne Kaaren
as Mary Heath
Dave O'Brien
as Johnny Layton
Guy Usher
as Henry Morton
Yolande Donlan
as Maxine `Frenchy'
Donald Kerr
as `One-Shot' McGuire
Ed Mortimer
as Martin Heath
Edmund Mortimer
as Martin Heath
Gene O'Donnell
as Donald `Don' Morton
Alan Baldwin
as Thomas `Tommy' Heath
John Ellis
as Roy Heath
Arthur Q. Bryan
as Joe McGinty
Hal Price
as Chief Wilkins
John Davidson
as Prof. Raines
Wallace Rairdon
as Walter King
John R. Ellis
as Roy Heath
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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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