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When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, town elders suspect a vampire on the loose. Policeman Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) doubts the existence of vampires, but Dr. Otto von Niemann (Lionel Atwill) argues to the contrary. Fingers point at the village idiot, Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), but after local vigilantes get him out of the picture, the killings continue. Brettschneider then tries to keep a cool head as he searches for possibly supernatural answers.

Cast & Crew

Lionel Atwill
Dr. Otto von Niemann
Melvyn Douglas
Karl Brettschneider
Fay Wray
Ruth Bertin
Dwight Frye
Herman Gleib
Maude Eburne
Aunt Gussie Schnappmann
Rita Carlyle
Martha Mueller
Larry Darmour
Executive Producer
Ira H. Morgan
Cinematographer
Otis Garrett
Film Editor
Charles D. Hall
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Bat

All Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Bat

  • May 14, 2011
    An extremely silly film, but with an interesting plot. It's always nice to see Fay Wray on the screen. Melvyn Douglas does some nice work, as does Lionel Atwill, but it's a very poor package that they're wrapped up in that has only the slightest promise.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2010
    Quickie poverty row Dracula knockoff about a plague of vampiric activity in a German village: is it a real vampire, bloodsucking bats, or a human killer posing as a nosferatu? The flick features a good cast (Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye) and it starts with strong Gothic atmosphere, but fizzles out as the plot is revealed.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    This movie is kind of silly, and I hated the ending.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2010
    The Vampire Bat is not scary at all by any sense of the word, it is actually pretty boring. I have been watching alot of "horror" movies from the 30's and I really didn't enjoy this one. There are very few positives about this movie, one of them being Dwight Frye. This man is a horror legend from the 30's. Also the sound and picture are pretty decent, being from the 30's that is, that was really something that I enjoyed. The plot goes a little something like this... hit it! Well a bunch of people start showing up with their blood being drained. No one in this town knows what is going on or who is doing it. But it doesn't take the town long to point their fingers at the dimwitted Glieb, played of course to perfection by Dwight Frye. Is Herman Glieb innocent? You will have to watch to find out! Yeah thats all that I have to go on, I wouldn't watch this again but I will say that you should see it if you are a true horror fan, just for Dwight Frye's performance. Overall I am going to give this movie a 4 of 10. Like I said... True Horror Fans. S!D
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