Reviews

  • Jul 17, 2021

    OK mystery drama obviously based on a stage play is neither very exciting nor scary, but well-made in an old-fashioned way.

    OK mystery drama obviously based on a stage play is neither very exciting nor scary, but well-made in an old-fashioned way.

  • Jun 24, 2021

    The Bat is a frustrating offering, a mystery that isn't all that mysterious and a thriller that holds back on the thrills. The primary problem is the fact that none of the characters are particularly likable, so when the killing starts you don't have a rooting interest in who lives and who dies. The dialogue is annoyingly glib and the acting is over-the-top, with the exception of Vincent Price, who is surprisingly subdued. The film falls victim to the standard crime thriller pitfalls. For example, when you're going to shoot the bad guy, just shoot him. Lengthy explanations as to why you're killing them serves no purpose and gives the intended victim time to turn the tables. Also, when there is a killer in the house, get the hell out of the house. Unless you like scene chewing and thin plots, pass on The Bat.

    The Bat is a frustrating offering, a mystery that isn't all that mysterious and a thriller that holds back on the thrills. The primary problem is the fact that none of the characters are particularly likable, so when the killing starts you don't have a rooting interest in who lives and who dies. The dialogue is annoyingly glib and the acting is over-the-top, with the exception of Vincent Price, who is surprisingly subdued. The film falls victim to the standard crime thriller pitfalls. For example, when you're going to shoot the bad guy, just shoot him. Lengthy explanations as to why you're killing them serves no purpose and gives the intended victim time to turn the tables. Also, when there is a killer in the house, get the hell out of the house. Unless you like scene chewing and thin plots, pass on The Bat.

  • Dec 28, 2020

    The film has now been restored in glorious color and it looks even better! The story is not really about bats but someone who dresses up in black with a bat claw hand and kills people to get to the truth of where a million pounds is hidden in an old mansion. Mr. Price is for once not the bad guy and not the lead either! It is a delightful mild horror, but more of a murder mystery

    The film has now been restored in glorious color and it looks even better! The story is not really about bats but someone who dresses up in black with a bat claw hand and kills people to get to the truth of where a million pounds is hidden in an old mansion. Mr. Price is for once not the bad guy and not the lead either! It is a delightful mild horror, but more of a murder mystery

  • Oct 11, 2019

    Better than "pulling your own tooth" videos on youtube.

    Better than "pulling your own tooth" videos on youtube.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    A great classic movie with many twists and turns!! A real whodunnit!!

    A great classic movie with many twists and turns!! A real whodunnit!!

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Agnes Moorehead stars as a mystery writer living in a rented house where a million dollars in stolen bank securities is hidden. Where is it stashed? Who will find it? And, in a separate storyline, who is the masked serial killer--dubbed the Bat by the media--terrorizing the neighborhood? Once the Bat is unmasked, nothing is ever said about his motives--in fact, they're ignored completely--but this is a darkly funny film, nicely photographed in handsome black-and-white, and Moorehead is a delight. With an equally charming Lenita Lane as Moorehead's maid and chief confidant, and Vincent Price as a greedy doctor. No masterpiece, certainly, but not a bad way to spend an hour-and-a-half, either.

    Agnes Moorehead stars as a mystery writer living in a rented house where a million dollars in stolen bank securities is hidden. Where is it stashed? Who will find it? And, in a separate storyline, who is the masked serial killer--dubbed the Bat by the media--terrorizing the neighborhood? Once the Bat is unmasked, nothing is ever said about his motives--in fact, they're ignored completely--but this is a darkly funny film, nicely photographed in handsome black-and-white, and Moorehead is a delight. With an equally charming Lenita Lane as Moorehead's maid and chief confidant, and Vincent Price as a greedy doctor. No masterpiece, certainly, but not a bad way to spend an hour-and-a-half, either.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    A really terrible screenplay and pedestrian direction, but you keep watching because of the camp seriousness of Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price. Plot? Oh, some rubbish about a masked criminal aka The Bat trying to steal some bonds from an old dark house. Seventy minutes of tosh.

    A really terrible screenplay and pedestrian direction, but you keep watching because of the camp seriousness of Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price. Plot? Oh, some rubbish about a masked criminal aka The Bat trying to steal some bonds from an old dark house. Seventy minutes of tosh.

  • Jun 24, 2018

    A decent murder mystery that was not at all what I expected, but it wasn't bad. I would have liked to see more of Vincent Price though as he was the reason I watched this movie. It is also showing its age a little. (First and only viewing - 6/24/2018)

    A decent murder mystery that was not at all what I expected, but it wasn't bad. I would have liked to see more of Vincent Price though as he was the reason I watched this movie. It is also showing its age a little. (First and only viewing - 6/24/2018)

  • Nov 04, 2017

    Loved it. Must have been a fun movie for the day

    Loved it. Must have been a fun movie for the day

  • Mar 24, 2017

    Good horror film. It is definitely underrated. Most of the critics like to ruin good things and leave us with garbage such as A Streetcar Named Desire.

    Good horror film. It is definitely underrated. Most of the critics like to ruin good things and leave us with garbage such as A Streetcar Named Desire.