The Bat Whispers
The Bat Whispers (1930)

Magnificently restored by UCLA to its original "Grandeur" wide-screen format The Bat Whispers may not be a cinematic masterpiece but is certainly worth a second look. Opening with a series of flamboyant tracking shots, director… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 1930
DVD Release Date: November 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Size is the only new thing about The Bat Whispers.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a well-directed film, but it seems rather a waste of time for Mr. West, for there is nothing new even in this bigger and better Bat.

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TV Guide

The sets are top-notch, presenting the proper eerie atmosphere.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A good picture in the class division, for shivers and smiles.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

[The plot is] a non-stop succession of spooky clichés strung together with scant regard for logic or motivation... Fascinating, however, is West's unusual visual sense: all enormous shadows, overhead shots, and (for the time) a surprisingly mobile camera.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

There's no doubting the sincerity or intention of The Bat Whispers, only how well it's aged.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Culturally it may be most noteworthy for its title arch-criminal, who influenced the creation of Batman.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

[It] is by far the best movie adaptation of the stock spoof horror play set in a creepy mansion where masked menace lurks. It's also a superior mystery chiller in its own right.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An essential, with every genre mainstay imaginable-a creepy old isolated mansion, a deranged killer on the loose, secret passages, thunder-and-lightning, etc.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Very creaky antique.
Brandon Siddall
Well folks we made it through the month of October and I still can't sleep at night. That's a good thing. We are going to be marching on throughout… More
Sarah Bergman
Excellent considering when it was made.