The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) (1933)

The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) (1933)




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Bloodsucking winged creatures who may take human shape appear to have returned after centuries of dormancy to the middle-European municipality of Kleinschloss in this atmospheric, low-budget thriller from small-scale Majestic Pictures, and the burgomaster (Lionel Belmore) demands answers. With victims scattered everywhere, all bearing the distinctive puncture marks, police detective Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) finds himself completely stymied. Brettschneider, who refuses to accept what he considers mere superstition, is not pleased when that eminent physician Dr. Otto Von Niemann (Lionel Atwill) hints that there may indeed be such things as murderous human bats. Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), the village idiot, meanwhile, just happens to have a fondness for the nocturnal creatures -- "They're so soft!" -- and the villagers, as they are wont to do, grab their torches and commence a manhunt. Poor Herman is destroyed, but there is another killing. And this time the victim is Georgiana (Stella Adams), Dr. Von Niemann's housekeeper, who failed to serve the physician his late-night coffee. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Classics , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Lionel Atwill
as Dr. Otto von Niemann
Fay Wray
as Ruth Bertin
Melvyn Douglas
as Karl Brettschneider
Maude Eburne
as Gussie Schnappmann
Dwight Frye
as Herman Gleib
Robert W. Frazer
as Emil Borst
Rita Carlisle
as Martha Mueller
Lionel Belmore
as Burgermeister Gustave Schoen
Stella Adams
as Georgiana
Paul Weigel
as Holdstadt
Harrison Greene
as Weingarten
William Humphrey
as Dr. Haupt
Fern Emmett
as Gertrude
Carl Stockdale
as Schmidt the Morgue Keeper
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)

All Critics (5)

The movie is no timeless classic, but it's definitely a unique one-off.

Full Review… | June 3, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Great cast and borrowed sets (from Universal) distinguish this poverty row thriller.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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July 21, 2005

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August 29, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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May 4, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)


He's in league with the devil A legend of vampire bats that can transform humans into bloodsucking creatures plagues a small town in central Europe. When people seem to rise from the dead and kill each other it appears history may be repeating itself. A detective believes he can diagnose the issue and capture the mad man responsible. The villagers believe it is the return of the horrid creatures. Who is right and how will they stop the killer? "Cause of death?" "Like all the rest." Frank Strayer, director of The Monster Walks, Blondie, Condemned to Live, Hot Water, Laughing at Trouble, Hitch Hike to Heaven, and Fifteen Wives, delivers Vampire Bat. The storyline for this picture is just okay and relies too much on script and not enough on kill scenes or dramatic sequences. The acting is okay but a bit disappointing. The cast includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and George Stone. "He never works and he never bathes." I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because I am a huge fan of the classic horror genre and was actually surprised I had never seen this. I have a lot of respect for Atwill based on his movies I have seen to date but this is far from one of his better pictures. Overall, this is pretty boring and I would skip this even if you are a fan of the genre. "The devil's signature." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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 Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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
Greg S

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