The Devil Bat (In Color) - The Devil Bat (The Original)
Now try to see things from my perspective, my friends. And try to imagine what it would feel like if your employers denigrated all your hard work by offering you a token sum, plus an invitation to dinner.
It wouldn't make you feel right, would it? It would make you feel very cold and bitter inside and wanting to scream out for revenge. Well, that's what I felt, anyway. And that's why I fought back against my bosses at 'Heath Cosmetics', with a two phased attack of my own devising.
Firstly, I allowed my victims to dowse themselves with a shaving lotion I created in my lab. And then, when the time was just right, I set free my mutated bat to hunt down this scent and kill its intended target.
OK. I admit. My cunning plan isn't the type of scheme that would go unnoticed in the press. Especially when that foppish journalist, Johnny Layden (Dave O'Brien), plus his photographic aide, 'One-Shot' McGuire (Donald Kerr), are called in to investigate after two of my victims passed away.
But I couldn't careless about those two clowns! For I am the mad scientist called Doctor Paul Carruthers (Béla Lugosi). And that it why what next transpires gets a sharp pain in the neck when my boss's daughter, Mary Heath (Suzanne Kaaren), goes, 'EEEEEEEEEKKKkk'! As a stuffed-bird gets the blame - a journalist steps up his bloody game - two other victims take a fateful dive - and at the end of the day, a bat and a scientist never come out of this alive.
From on a purely cosmetics level I'd say 'The Devil Bat' was a really shoddy film. Most of the special effects looked nth rate at best. Where as most of the actors were as energetic as a piece of cardboard. However, having said all that, I still have to applaud two other aspects I thought this adventure had in spades.
Again, not in the way Béla did. But in a way where you might want to say to your bosses, 'F*ck you ass-wh*le! I'm worth more than the sh*t your paying me!'.
Now the second aspect I want to mention is how two of the characters in this film -- specifically Dave O'Brien and Donald Kerr's characters -- helped prop up the whole narrative by giving it some real zeal and pizzazz. Honestly, whenever they were on screen they made the rest of the characters appear very flaccid and benign. Not implying that they hindered it in any way, shape, or form. It's just that these other actors felt a bit too 'prim and proper' somehow. Stiff even. And with a few noticeable exceptions by Béla plus the actor who played the editor, Dave and Donald's efforts were the stand-outs for yours truly.
Overall I'd say 'The Devil Bat' was a fairly fine film to sit down and watch. The acting styles were a mixed bag to say the least. The story-line was an associative one on a certain level. And all in all -- yeah -- good job. And I'd like to see it remade anytime soon.
Hint-hint! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B-