Saturday, January 22, 2011

Public Domain Theater: The Devil Bat

On today's installment of Public Domain Theater, we are screening the 1940 horror mystery The Devil Bat, starring the legendary Bela Bela Lugosi.

Released by Producers Releasing Corporation, this nifty little thriller was a success for the small outfit, leading them to make a fake "sequel" after the war entitled Devil Bat's Daughter. Bela Lugosi, who at this point was pretty synonmous with Dracula despite having branched out into other roles, provided a big boost to the picture and helped bring in audience. Lugosi would go on to appear in many more cheap quickie horror and sci-fi films, often playing a role not too dissimilar to the one he plays here.


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