The Devil Bat
The Devil Bat (1940)

A village chemist (Bela Lugosi) is training a group of oversized bats to get revenge on his business partners. Also known as Killer Bats, the film earned a sequel five years later (Devil Bat's Daughter).

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 13, 1940
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

In many of his movies, Bela Lugosi has bats in his belfry. But only in 'The Devil Bat' does he *really* have bats in his belfry, or at least in the secret chamber behind his hidden laboratory.

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Steve Crum

Horror fluff noted for Lugosi starring role.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A corny Monogram cheapie, allowing Lugosi to chew the scenery.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If nothing else, the film does offer the enviable opportunity to hear Lugosi bellow to one of his inferiors, "Imbecile! Bombastic ignoramus!"

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Staci Layne Wilson

I smell a bat!

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

You've got Lugosi giving it his all -- as if he believes he can hold this nonsense together by the sheer force of his will. And in some ways, he nearly does.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

the worst bat effect ever

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rubbed me the right way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
It's very simple. You want Lugosi to be a vampire again, but you don't want to rip off the success of Dracula. How do you do it? Make Lugosi a doctor… More
Chris Browning
A campy and fun little horror film, elevated only by Bela Lugosi and his great portrayal of Dr. Paul Carruthers. The bat effects are pretty poor, especially by… More
Aj V
I don't know why Lugosi couldn't have just been a vampire again, but I suppose this is supposed to be a variation on Dracula somehow. I don't… More
Eduardo C
It is debatable just how seriously the film took itself but Lugosi is in top form and the movie never fails to entertain.
Luke Baldock
Dodgy 40's B-movie. Perfectly harmless and actually rather enjoyable. The bat is pretty hilarious once it takes flight and the story is ofcourse absurd.… More