The Devil Bat

Directed by Jean Yarbrough

Release Year: 1940
Running Time: 68
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama, Horror, Cult
     

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Cast
Suzanne Kaaren
Bela Lugosi

Crew
Directed by Jean Yarbrough

After the Production Code forced the major studios to shy away from morbidity, violence, and the supernatural, Bela Lugosi (Dracula) found refuge in a place where horror was not only allowed, but enjoying a low-budget renaissance: the independent studios of Poverty Row.

In THE DEVIL BAT, Lugosi stars as a scientist who commands a mutant bat to avenge himself upon his enemies (using a specially formulated after-shave lotion as the targeting device). Even as he takes diabolical pleasure in such a ludicrous premise, Lugosi invests the character with an underlying sense of tragedy, a visionary genius out of step with modern, corporate society.

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