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Bela Lugosi is a well-meaning scientist, driven mad by his greedy bosses. He seeks his revenge in the only way he knows how:  by breeding a race of Devil Bats to do his sinister bidding!  The town's only hope is an intrepid reporter who must investigate the deaths and determine what, if any, connection they have to a mysterious new type of aftershave that's been seen around town...The Devil Bat rivals Lugosi's work with Ed Wood for campy 50's chills and will have you thinking twice before your next shave!

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  • Actors: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien
  • Directors: Jean Yarbrough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Devil Bat is a great Bela outing. Of course its no DRACULA or MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE but its hard not to get a kick out of this grade Z P.R.C opus about a MAD DOCTOR who develops a breed of giant bat he attracts to his enemies with a special after-shave he advises users to rub"on the tender part of your neck." Loads of cheap fun,with cardboard sets and pathetic special effects;Bela seems to be having a ball and so should you! For those of you who love remakes and sequels(???)see The Flying Serpent and Devil Bat's Daughter
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I saw this movie a few times on late-night TV during the 1950s when the movie was only about 15 years old and still looked "modern." When VHS came out in the 1980s I bought a copy and enjoyed it over and over with my two adult children. Then a few years ago I acquired a DVD copy which had better picture quality than the VHS tape which was, by then, just about worn out from use. It's become a family cult-classic to us and we know the script forward and backward. When I saw this "colorized" version on Amazon frankly I didn't expect much because the sets in the film are relatively uninteresting--a chemist's lab, a newspaper office, a police chief's office, a hotel room and an upper-class living room, plus a few scenes outdoors at night. What can you do with "color" in those dull settings, I asked myself.

What a great surprise I had when I watched the movie in color. First of all the picture quality is vastly superior to that on my other DVD copy and I noticed things that I had never noticed before despite having seen this movie at least 100 times over the years. Examples: heavy marble and glass ash trays on desks at the newspaper office, the police office and a businessman's office; models of "modern" airplanes on Joe McGinty's desk, cookies on a plate in the patio tea scene (Mary Heath serving tea to the reporter and photographer)--on my old copy it wasn't clear what, if anything, was on the plate; cast-iron lawn furniture in the garden designed in a pretty fern frond pattern (the pattern was never discernable to me before), three floor-model art-deco cabinet radios (in Joe McGinty's office, the chemist's lab and the police station), a big wooden table model radio in the hotel room, a plastic art-deco small table model radio in Mary Heath's bedroom.
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Poor Bela Lugosi, he definitely deserved better from Hollywood especially as he always gave everything he had.
Lugosi is the only thing going for this film, the rest of the cast simply can't act.
I mean when a giant rubber bat out acts the supporting cast!
but then again Lugosi was torturing er coaching him.

Its a shame the bat didn't bite more of the supporting cast.
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OK where to start? You have Bela Lugosi, Devil Bat, and amazing colorization!! You just can't go wrong with this one! This is a fabulously fun film for your Halloween party and any time you need a dose of that classic actor Bela Lugosi. It is no wonder he is such a cult classic performer. Have a party with this one!!
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Long before Bela Lugosi's career was destroyed by the wondrously incompetent Ed Wood, the actor previewed things to come with his performance in another B-movie classic, The Devil Bat. Notable today for being so campy you should only watch it from a tent, The Devil Bat tells us the grim tale of a bitter scientist who seeks revenge on his enemies by training killer bats to strike those using a unique shaving cream. Truly, the heat and soul of a good-bad movie is an immersive and believable plot...

Now a part of Legend Film's Cult & Horror Classics Collection, The Devil Bat's contribution to the cinematic canon is being preserved for future generations in fully digital DVD form. And, as with all classic Legend releases, the DVD contains two versions of the film: a newly colorized version and the original black and white version. You're free to select which you'd rather watch, but if you haven't yet seen everyone's favorite movie monster in full color, I highly recommend you do so. At least in my case, color connects the audience more closely to the events on-screen, and honestly makes it difficult to determine that the film is nearly seventy years old. Plus, for fans of Lugosi, it adds a certain human element to his performance that is otherwise absent in a bland grayscale.

So pitch your tent and "camp" out with me!
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I unable to watch this DVD because "Movie Mars" sent me a DVD with crack and inch and a half long on the playing surface. Not a scratch, but a flow blown San Andreas crack! You ever try and break a DVD or CD? They don't break under ordinary pressure. Be careful who choose to buy from.
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What a Royal treat for fans of weird cinema like myself. Mr. Lugosi gives an expert performance and the script is very good. I like the way the colorization was done also !
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For relatively obvious reasons, "poor" and "Bela" are often paired. By the 1940s, Lugosi's career had slipped terribly, with very few exceptions. (SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN are just a few highlights from the very late 30s through the end of the 40s.) DEVIL BAT was not a good movie. The premise is silly, the budget is minimal, the acting is worse. But as always, Bela threw himself into his roles, regardless of the surroundings. To take those mediocre movies and splash on some color (that looks an awful lot like old black and white photos that have been tinted) is a neat way of selling them anew. I know: I've bought several. Some work (like Laurel & Hardy's MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS), some don't. This one, I would say, doesn't. But it's a chance to see Lugosi in action, and the print HAS been somewhat restored from some of those tired cheap-o reissues. So for that I give it three stars. Is it a good movie? Of course not. Does color help it? No. But is it still fun? Oh, yes!
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