The Devil Bat

Bela Lugosi stars as a mad scientist who creates monstrous bats to seek revenge in this infamous horror thriller.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 2,052
I smell a bat! Full Review
Jan 1, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- You've got Lugosi giving it his all -- as if he believes he can hold this nonsense together by the sheer force of his will. And in some ways, he nearly does. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oct 23, 2002
Rating: 2/5 -- Horror fluff noted for Lugosi starring role.
Mar 8, 2008
Rating: 2/5 -- A corny Monogram cheapie, allowing Lugosi to chew the scenery.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Aug 31, 2004
Rating: B -- Rubbed me the right way. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Oct 11, 2004
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Oct 24, 2013
Rating: 2/4 -- If nothing else, the film does offer the enviable opportunity to hear Lugosi bellow to one of his inferiors, "Imbecile! Bombastic ignoramus!" Full Review
Creative Loafing
Sep 21, 2013

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Mad scientist Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi), creates a giant murderous bat by inundating a normal bat with electrical current. He plans to seek vengeance on his employers, the Heath family, whose cosmetic firm has generated many millions of dollars through sales of the shaving lotion that the doctor had created. Although he had willingly sold the patent rights to the family, he begins to systematically murder them with the monstrous flying demon he has bred. Asking his victims to sample his latest shaving lotion, he admonishes them to apply a bit to "the tender part of the neck." Unfortunately for them, the hideous devil-bat has been taught to attack that particular scent with predictably lethal results. Forebodings of Carruther's malevolent intentions are signaled in his sinister accent as he warmly bids them "Goodbye."

Product Description:

Bela Lugosi plays crazed scientist Dr. Paul Carruthers, who feels he has been treated horribly by the cosmetics companies and sets out to get his revenge in THE DEVIL BAT. To do this, he comes up with an ingenious--and very deadly--scheme: he trains bats to murder his enemies. Whenever the creatures smell the scent of a perfume he has created, they attack, and Dr. Carruthers makes sure that the targets of his wrath are covered in the fragrance.

Plot Synopsis:

Driven by the thrill of vengeance, a crazy scientist devises a particularly diabolical murder scheme. He spent years training a swarm of bloodsucking killer bats to attack their prey of men at any given time. The attraction that these little, flying creatures have to these unsuspecting gentlemen is the smell of their aftershave.


Production Notes:

  • Distributed by Producers Releasing Corp.
  • Additional cast: Guy Usher (Henry Morton); Yolande Mallott (Maxine); Edward Mortimer (Martin Heath); Gene O'Donnell (Don Morton); Alan Baldwin (Tommy Heath); John Ellis (Roy Heath); Arthur Q. Bryan (Joe McGinty); and Wally Rairdon (Walter King).
  • Remade as "The Flying Serpent" in 1946 (directed by Sherman Scott and starring George Zucco).
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Devil Bat Movie Lover: from CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD US -- May, 26, 2012

It took me years to find this film( vhs).But Oldies came through.I loved this movie.I saw it years ago on television.Bela gives a fine preformance as a mad scientist.He camped it up!

Devil Bat Movie Lover: from Redondo Beach, CA US -- January, 24, 2009

Bela Logosi was one of the great method actors of all time as he really got into his monster rolls.
When he died he really thought he was super natual being.

Devil Bat Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- April, 23, 2004

One of Bela's so-so poverty row classics. This one was made away from Monogram studios and although it does have some good special effects, it isn't as good as those that he made at Monogram. Cool giant bat, though!

Life's Lesson's Movie Lover: from Tejas -- March, 2, 2004

The Devil Bat shows us that good filmaking can carry a message across oceans of time which is still viable in today's society and the message of this film is "Patent your inventions and make certain your attorney allows for an ongoing percentage of the profits".

Zowie! Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT US -- September, 18, 2003

This film dredges up childhood memories of a Saturday night New York television show called Chiller Theatre. For that reason, I give it 3.5 stars. That being said, I actually like this movie (much to my shame). That it has attained a minor cult status removes some of the embarassing sting of liking this flick.This is one of those films where the revenge-seeking mad scientist could just as well have been George Zucco or Lionel Atwill. Well, I will say it is amusing the way Lugosi says "Goodbye" to each of his victims, and we're in on his joke. Low-budget fun, believe me. If you enjoy "talking" to the actors and inserting your own dialogue while watching TV, this is your vehicle, baby.
TRIVIA NOTE: The newspaper photographer/sidekick to the lead is the same unfortunate actor who played 'Happy' Hapgood in the Flash Gordon serial "Deadly Ray From Mars" (also known under a zillion other names!).

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