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The Devil Bat
Killer Bats

USA 1941
produced by
Jack Gallagher for PRC
directed by Jean Yarbrough
starring Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, Suzanne Kaaren, Donald Kerr, Yolande Donlan, Guy Usher, Edmund Mortimer, Gene O'Donnell, Alan Baldwin, John Ellis, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hal Price, John Davidson
screenplay by John T.Neville, based on a story by George Bricker

Devil Bat

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Bela Lugosi's only outing for PRC has one of the most outrageous plots ever (at least in my view, & I've seen much):

Bela plays small-town physician Dr. Carruthers who plots revenge against the bosses of a perfume-company who he thinks have tricked him out of the profits they were making from a shaving lotion he once developed. To achieve this goal he develops another shaving lotion that turns the giant bat he grew himself in his laboratory into a blood crazed, lethal monster. Of course, his evil schemes are uncovered at the end & he falls victim to his own creation.

The necessary heroics are handled by Dave O'Brien as one of these nosy newspaper reporters who turn up ever so often in horror-B's from the 30's & 40's, the love interest is provided by Suzanne Kaaren, Donald Kerr as Photographer does the funny bits, Yolande Donlan is supposed to (erotically) spice up the proceedings a bit as French Maid.

 

The film that results from that is not half as bad though as the plot might make it sound, despite its low budget it comes off as a reasonably atmospheric horror thriller that should satisfy any fan of vintage horror. The film's effectiveness though has to be accredited in no small portion to its lead villain Bela Lugosi.

Bela delivers such lines as "Rub it here, at the tender part of your neck" (referring, of course, to the lethal lotion) with real relish, & when he says a simple "Good-bye !" to future bat-victims, it sounds just like a death-sentence, proving he rightfully earned his status as one of horror's all-time greats ! The scene that has Bela opening his car's trunk to set the Devil Bat loose looks a bit silly though, & Bela could do little to save it.

 

& here's just a reminder of how economic little PRC really was:

Not only did Devil Bat get its deserved sequel The Devil Bat's Daughter (no Lugosi in this one, Eddie Kane is the villain) in 1946, The Devil Bat's plot was also remade as The Flying Serpent (with George Zucco), also in '46. & as if all that wasn't enough, the actual Devil Bat (the prop that is) made a guest appearance in Wild Horse Phantom in 1944, which isn't actually a horror movie at all (or is it) but a Western starring Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy Al St John.

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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