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The Devil Bat

Released Dec 13, 1940 1h 9m Horror List
60% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 32% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
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. Read More Read Less
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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy If nothing else, the film does offer the enviable opportunity to hear Lugosi bellow to one of his inferiors, "Imbecile! Bombastic ignoramus!" Rated: 2/4 Feb 12, 2023 Full Review Rosalie Kicks MovieJawn With the assistance of his trusty bats Beyyyla sets out to take revenge on his megalomaniac corporate employer. Need I say more? Rated: 3/4 Oct 22, 2018 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) In many of his movies, Bela Lugosi has bats in his belfry. But only in 'The Devil Bat' does he *really* have bats in his belfry, or at least in the secret chamber behind his hidden laboratory. Rated: 3/4 Oct 24, 2013 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Horror fluff noted for Lugosi starring role. Rated: 2/5 Mar 8, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 29, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Rubbed me the right way. Rated: B Oct 11, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chipp D my favorite movie of all time, such a charming film and very silly Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/11/23 Full Review Monsol E The lesson to learn from this one is: if you're a major company, pay your employees what they're worth...or else they may breed a giant bat, and train it to rip your throat out. Not a super amazing film, but Lugosi and the fun premise still made it a good watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/23 Full Review Prospero E Is it campy? Yes. Are the effects dated? Yes. Do either of these factors detract from my enjoyment of this movie? Absolutely not! In fact, they just add to its charm. Bela Lugosi is incredible here as always. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/01/22 Full Review Audience Member not a bat Lugosi film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It may be tripe, but it's GOOD Tripe--Classic cheese!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The Devil Bat is about a scientist experimenting on bats and ensuring that a certain scent provokes them; it appears to be similar to Frankenstein in terms of the basic premise and is neither thrilling nor scary. A scientist designs a scent that becomes popular and brings great profits to a family perfume producer while the scientist obtained only a lump cash amount. He then uses enlarged bats to kill the members of the profiting family but is killed by them when he is outsmarted by a reporter. 1/10 Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis 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.
Director
Jean Yarbrough
Producer
Jack Gallagher
Screenwriter
John T. Neville
Distributor
Producers Releasing Corporation
Production Co
Producers Releasing Corp
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 13, 1940, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 28, 2011
Runtime
1h 9m
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