The Vampire Bat - The Vampire Poster
OK. I know what the local townspeople are trying to say. They're trying to explain to me that a vampire bat is stalking the vicinity, and sucking the life out of whomever this dastardly creature comes into contact with.
But I don't believe them you know. No. No I don't. For I am the lawman who's in charge of protecting this Gothic berg!
Karl Breettschneider (Melvyn Douglas). You might know me as being the close
personal friend of Ruth Bertin (Fay Wray). As well as being the ever so
diligent ally of the local town's doctor, Otto von Niemann (Lionel Atwill).
Huh? Wait a minute! What's that sound? No. Don't tell me! Don't tell me that the doctor's elderly patient has suddenly been struck down by dubious means? Leaving two sinister looking bite marks protruding from her neck! Oh, sh*t! You know what I've got to do now, don't you? I've got to look into this matter more closely, even if my dear old Aunt Gussie (Maude Eburne) thinks she's knocking on heavens door.
Still. I suppose that's why what next transpires begins when Herman (Dwight Frye) -- the local bat-nutter -- gets accused of murder, and jumps off of a very big cliff. As blood drips into a vat - the local townspeople become scared like a cat - a Doctor should never be doing that - and as the day slowly turns to night, please remember, the bad-guy isn't a vampire bat.
I've been meaning to sit down and watch 'The Vampire Bat' for quite some time now. About four or five months ago a friend of mine on facebook suggested I should watch it, because she defined this film as being one of those films I might find quite surprising due to my own historical knowledge in this area.
You see, what surprised me the most about this film, was that it's presentation did seem way ahead of it's time, because it was able to tell a somewhat atmospheric and simple tale, and still spread a bit of character and suspense into the mix in equal measures.
Alright. I know that some of you out there who've watched this film might be wondering what I actually mean by my this. Well, you have to remember this movie was made in 1933. And although during this era things like production values and editing were in it's infancy, I personally thought how this movie was spliced together with that nifty wiping effect, plus how it was framed and lit, where something to be applauded. Bar none.
Overall I'd say that 'The Vampire Bat' was a very good film for its time. Admittedly, the acting may appear rather wooden compared to today's standards. As for the rest of it though, well, it's was a pretty good and suspenseful yarn. And is a must watch for anyone who loves timely films and Dracula themes stories.
THE RATING: B+