The Devil Bat (Blu-ray)

He's Trained His Brood of Blood-Hungry Bats to Kill on Command!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 17, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Kino Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
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  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 2,052
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: 3/4 -- With the assistance of his trusty bats Beyyyla sets out to take revenge on his megalomaniac corporate employer. Need I say more? Full Review
Oct 22, 2018
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
Rating: B -- Rubbed me the right way. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Oct 11, 2004
Rating: 1.5/4 -- the worst bat effect ever
May 2, 2008
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

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After brilliant scientist Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) develops an ingenious product for a cosmetics company, he is cheated out of his fair share of the profits by his greedy partners. Hell bent for revenge, he decides to turn his laboratory of science into one of doom as he creates a giant race of bats that turn into ripping and shredding beasts of fury, designed to attack anyone wearing the very product he invented. Includes audio commentary by Richard Harland Smith (film historian and TCM columnist).

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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  • Sales Rank: 57,195
  • UPC: 738329119225
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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