The Devil Bat

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Okay, so it's an ultra-cheap programmer from PRC with a silly plot, a ratty-looking bat on a string, and Bela Lugosi well into his steep career slide. THE DEVIL BAT is still simply too much fun to dismiss, and you can pick it up on video at any drugstore for under $6. Bela plays Dr. Carruthers, a small-town chemist who feels he has been cheated by his business...read more

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Okay, so it's an ultra-cheap programmer from PRC with a silly plot, a ratty-looking bat on a string, and Bela Lugosi well into his steep career slide. THE DEVIL BAT is still simply too much fun to dismiss, and you can pick it up on video at any drugstore for under $6. Bela plays Dr.

Carruthers, a small-town chemist who feels he has been cheated by his business partners and decides to get revenge. Too clever merely to shoot his victims, Carruthers concocts an elaborate plan, by which he takes normal-sized bats and subjects them to an electrical gizmo that makes them grow to

monstrous proportions. Having devised a special shaving lotion that the killer bats are attracted to, the mad scientist then presents the lotion to his victims as a gift, urging them to try some on in his presence. Uttering a menacing "Good . . . bye!" to his guests, Carruthers sits back and waits

for his giant bats to sniff out their targets and kill them. See Bela carrying prop bats hanging upside down on a little trapeze to his lab! See Bela don swimming goggles so that he can watch his electrical gizmo make the bats grow! See Bela intimidate grown men into slapping shaving lotion on

their necks! Also includes a pair of nosy reporters: one to crack jokes, one to romance the girl! This film proved so popular for PRC that they cranked out a sequel, DEVIL BAT'S DAUGHTER (1946), and an unofficial remake, THE WINGED SERPENT (1946).

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  • Review: Okay, so it's an ultra-cheap programmer from PRC with a silly plot, a ratty-looking bat on a string, and Bela Lugosi well into his steep career slide. THE DEVIL BAT is still simply too much fun to dismiss, and you can pick it up on video at any drugstore f… (more)

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