The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Page 1 of 3
October 30, 2014
The Vampire Bat is an unexpectedly effective film. Although it is completely unapologetic about copying both Draculaand Frankenstein, the recycled elements are combined in a highly imaginative way that seems to reflect a much clearer and more developed understanding of what a horror film could be than either Tod Browning or James Whale possessed in 1931. And while the recasting of traditionally supernatural horror commonplaces?? werewolves and zombies especially?? as the products of mad science would become a recurring theme of poverty-row fright films in the 1940??s, few of those later movies would wed science to the supernatural with anything like the degree of care and craftsmanship on display in The Vampire Bat. Von Niemann??s technology-driven vampirism has an internal logic to it which is extremely rare among very old horror films (except for that part about using Emil as a remote-control killer?? that??s just plain silly), and the real nature of his research, when it is finally revealed, is both commendably ghoulish and commendably different from the earlier cinematic mad science which so obviously inspired it.
½ September 30, 2014
An interesting little horror programmer that has a great cast ... a cast that's far better than the plot they're stuck with. Frye is even better here than he is in "Dracula".
July 20, 2014
This movie kept you guessing at what would happen next. Nay, it kept you guessing at what was happening as you were watching it. I never expected a twist like the Epsom Salts at the end of The Vampire Bat.
½ April 15, 2013
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
½ April 11, 2013
Rather weak and derivative vampire tale is greatly helped by a good cast that includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Melvyn Douglas. The film also benefits from poverty row film studio Majestic Pictures renting sets and props from the far superior James Whale directed "Frankenstein" and "Old Dark House."
½ April 4, 2013
Great cast and borrowed sets (from Universal) distinguish this poverty row thriller.
November 7, 2012
Typical horror/crime caper cheapie, but has some surprisingly good camera work and a really good cast. Loses half a star for not letting Fay Wray scream.
October 8, 2012
Obviously produced to cash in on the success of Dracula, but this nifty movie (which I think was a 1933 release not 32 as stated by RT), is up there in terms of quality with most of the Universal Horror series. A stellar cast carry this eerie movie which brings something new to the table and has hardly a dull moment. Stealing the show is the wonderful Dwight Frye with a typically mad performance. If you love the monster movies of the 30s and 40s this should definitely be on your list.
September 17, 2012
Called who the killer was the second he was one the screen, overall more of a comedy than a horror.
½ March 31, 2012
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.
March 21, 2012
A slow film with a few good moments but overall is boring. The characters aren't too good and the ending isn't too great. This film doesn't offer a lot to see.
July 8, 2011
The Vampire Bat is a good, often funny film, well-written and acted.
June 15, 2011
Rarely seen film from the early days of the Golden Age of Horror with the wonderful Lionel Atwill and Faye Wray. Hastily slung together to capitalize on the dual successes of the two films that sparked off the Golden Age " the Bela Lugosi Dracula (1931) and the Boris Karloff Frankenstein (1931), it's nevertheless an atmospheric piece. Atwill is on top form, giving a wild-eyed performance.
June 4, 2011
If you're looking for a slightly silly, vampire film, then you'd probably enjoy "The Vampire Bat".

The acting isn't that bad, and the sets look good- having been borrowed from many of Universal's movies.

This is a low budget B-movie that is simply fun to watch on a rainy day.
FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
½ April 18, 2011
The lead triumvirate of Atwill, Wray, and Douglas just barely keeps this thing afloat, and the presence of a colorful supporting actor like Frye is always a welcome addition, but the plot is sheer hokum, a DRACULA cash-in that lacks both the production value of that film, as well as Lugosi's iconic performance.
½ April 17, 2011
Village doctor uses vampire superstitions to cover his sadistic experiments.
½ April 9, 2011
Deadly-dull gothic horror is easily one of the weakest of the Lionel Atwill-Fay Wray pairings of this era. The sound filmmaking is primitive and stodgy, which doesn't bode well with an already bland and uninspired script. Even Dwight Frye doing his trademark weirdo schtick and some fleeting moments of interesting atmosphere aren't enough to make it watchable. Really, a chore to sit through, even for fans of old fashioned Hollywood horror.
March 15, 2011
For the golden era, a nicely paced film.
½ February 8, 2011
The villain looks like Andy Warhol and Fay wray couldn't top her performance in king kong...
Page 1 of 3