The Devil Bat

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Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) is frustrated because he thinks his employers, Mary Heath (Suzanne Kaaren) and Henry Morton (Guy Usher), have cheated him out of the company's profits. He decides to get revenge by altering bats to grow twice their normal size and training them to attack when they smell a perfume of his own making. He mixes the perfume into a lotion, which he offers as a gift to Mary and Henry. When they turn up dead, a newspaper reporter (Dave O'Brien) decides to investigate.

Cast & Crew

Bela Lugosi
Dr. Paul Carruthers
Dave O'Brien
Johnny Layton
Guy Usher
Henry Morton
Donald Kerr
"One-Shot" McGuire
Edward Mortimer
Martin Heath
Alan Baldwin
Don Morton
John Ellis
Roy Heath
John T. Neville
Screenwriter
Jack Gallagher
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Arthur Martinelli
Cinematographer
Paul Palmentola
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  • Dec 27, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2011
    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.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Sep 16, 2009
    It is debatable just how seriously the film took itself but Lugosi is in top form and the movie never fails to entertain.
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