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This DVDTee includes both a DVD of the 1959 film, The Bat, and a tee shirt featuring the chilling original poster art. A town is being terrorized by a murderer known only as the bat in this creepy horror tale. Agnes Moorehead stars as a mystery author moving into a remote mansion that s haunting is the result of some ugly past occurrences in the house. Now, a murderer known only as The Bat is terrorizing the town and Vincent Price is the suspicious doctor who just happens to an expert on bats! Meanwhile, watch for former Little Rascals star, Darla Hood, appearing in her first (and last!) ever film role as an adult!
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As to those holes, what woman (or man) in her/his right mind would stay in the mansion for 5 minutes, let alone all night, after finding a murdered corpse in the closet and then being told there is every chance the killer is still holed up somewhere in the huge mansion? As the bodies pile up, it is even more incredible to see a single detective guarding the place, at one point leaving an assistant in his place, who is easily drugged while drinking wine (and he's supposed to be protecting the frightened women!).
Nonetheless, the film also operates as a who-done-it and viewers are in for some surprises as they try to identify the killer.
Not Vincent or Agnes's best, by any means, but still great work by both of them, particularly Moorehead as a nervy mystery writer who isn't easily scared off.
The movie itself I didn't really love. It isn't that there is anything I can really point a finger at, it just didn't thrill me. I felt the actions of some of the characters, namely the authoress and her assistant weren't entirely believable. It's a simple whodunit? mystery. The Bat as a villain isn't much more of a villain than if he had no costume at all. The costume mainly provided a way to put him in the movie while hiding his face. The movie left me a bit confused and there really wasn't much chance to solve the crime as most of the clues were found by people searching the mansion rather than using logic from what they have seen.
In any event, 2 stars for the movie, 1 star for Vincent Price and another star for the quality of the DVD.
Recommended for old film buffs, Vincent Price fans.
Wilbur's career in the cinema, as actor, director, and writer, dated from the glorious Silent Era, and latterly included serving as screenwriter for the beautiful "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fátima" (1952).
This film regards a serial murderer who masks as the title rôle, and is, in truth, more a "Mystery Drama" (as the play based on the novel was originally called) than a horror picture. Price is very elegant and menacing as Dr Wells, and Moorehead has one of her finest outings as the "maiden lady" novelist, Miss Cornelia Van Gorder. Very much the grande dame, she is wry, passionate, and marvelously theatrical. The present writer would place only her performance in "The Magnificent Ambersons" (directed by Orson Welles, 1942) above this rather modest film in her oeuvre.
The film is charming in its ambiance of the nineteen-fifties and in the distinguished performances of the two stars. As The New York Times rightly proclaimed when it was new, "The Bat" is a "winner."
Fun. I do love movies featuring secret rooms. And better still, this is the first time I’ve seen this movie look so good. And oh yeah, Vincent Price is also in this movie.