20 April 2014

The Vampire Bat (1933)
63 min.
Directed by Frank Strayer.
With Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, Maude Eburne, Robert Frazer, Lionel Belmore.
Entertaining 1933 horror with a good performance from Lionel Atwill.

In the village of Klineschloss, innocent locals are turning up dead - completely drained of blood and with puncture marks on their necks.

The superstitious townspeople are convinced some vampire is responsible, but in truth the killings are the work of deranged Dr. von Niemann (Atwill) and his hypnotized assistant Frazer.

Seems they need the human blood to keep their new experiment alive, namely reanimating a dead corpse!

A likable cast graces this enjoyable vehicle - although frankly, scream diva Wray isn't given enough to do here (especially with the finale).

Genre regular Frye (from Dracula and Frankenstein - both 1931) delivers another loopy turn, this time as bat-lovin' Herman.

And watch out for Maude Eburne as Aunt Gussie: this overly enthusiastic ham-a-thon steals nearly every scene in which she appears!

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