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Size is the only new thing about The Bat Whispers.
A good picture in the class division, for shivers and smiles.
Culturally it may be most noteworthy for its title arch-criminal, who influenced the creation of Batman.
It is a well-directed film, but it seems rather a waste of time for Mr. West, for there is nothing new even in this bigger and better Bat.
[The plot is] a non-stop succession of spooky clichés strung together with scant regard for logic or motivation... Fascinating, however, is West's unusual visual sense: all enormous shadows, overhead shots, and (for the time) a surprisingly mobile camera.
[It] is by far the best movie adaptation of the stock spoof horror play set in a creepy mansion where masked menace lurks. It's also a superior mystery chiller in its own right.
The sets are top-notch, presenting the proper eerie atmosphere.
There's no doubting the sincerity or intention of The Bat Whispers, only how well it's aged.
An essential, with every genre mainstay imaginable-a creepy old isolated mansion, a deranged killer on the loose, secret passages, thunder-and-lightning, etc.
The Bat Whispers is a talkie remake of Roland West's silent 1926 version.
Very creaky antique.
Well folks we made it through the month of October and I still can't sleep at night. That's a good thing. We are going to be marching on throughout the rest of the year in mostly chronological order, and I am currently working on a new format for my reviews, just working out some of the kinks.
The Bat Whispers is one of the more thriller heavy horrors flicks.The movie focuses on the crime side of its narrative a little heavier than its horror side, however it does have its spooky moments. Make sure to get a good version to watch, some copies are know to have quiet audio, I had to turn my television all the way up past eleven just to hear it. The movie has some amazing shots and even better sets that make it look just like a noir comic book.
For sets the producers use everything from trick photography to scale models. The movie is very dark and has this almost freakish tone that really sets a mood. The narrative is about a caped theif/killer called 'The Bat' who terrorizes the occupants of an old mansion.
The art in the movie is superb, the audio sucks but it was the 30's. This is a depression era movie so it is passable. The acting is pretty bad, but again the depression was afoot so people were... depressed. Passable. This movie serves as a precursor to great noir films like The Killing and Vertigo. The latter was directed by Hitchcock. I cannot wait to get into some of his stuff.
The scariest part of this movie would have to be its dark tone and lack of soundtrack, both make for one creepy, dark movie. The premise is mostly mystery but the tone makes it horror. The use of light, or lack thereof, is amazing, it really adds something to it. I am going to give The Bat Whispers a 5 out of 10. The movie is great but the thrills are just two few and far between. The action is great and the film is well done but that doesn't make it a great Horror movie.
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Excellent considering when it was made.
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