THE DEVIL BAT
The Devil Bat is perfectly representative of the cheap product that Bela Lugosi and PRC were cranking out during the decade and has attained something of reputation as a Golden Turkey classic. It has one of the most preposterously lunatic schemes of any mad scientist film of the era, excepting possibly The Ape (1940) Lugosis mad scientist creates radiation-mutated giant bats, which he then sends them out to attack and kill his enemies whom he has given an experimental aftershave that the bats have been trained to hone in on. To be fair to it, Lugosi is on fine form and there are never any particularly bad dialogue howlers or unintentionally cheap laughs. It is all routinely delivered however. The film features one of the tattiest looking screen bats ever.
The Devil Bat was enough of a success to produce a sequel, The Devil Bats Daughter (1946), which is almost entirely unrelated to this film. Here Rosemary La Planche plays Bela Lugosis daughter who is hypnotised into believing that she is possessed by her father and is being driven to kill. Neither Lugosi nor any bats feature, despite the title.
Jean Yarbrough was a director notorious for his low-budget shooting schedule. He made around a hundred films, mostly comedies and Westerns. His other genre films include King of the Zombies (1941), The Brute Man (1946), House of Horrors (1946), She-Wolf of London (1946), The Creeper (1948), the Bowery Boys Master Minds (1949), the Abbott and Costello Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) and Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967).
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