The Film Detective, in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents the 1933 horror-mystery classic The Vampire Bat, digitally mastered from new 35mm film elements preserved by the Archive.
When corpses drained of blood begin surfacing in the small European village of Kleines Schloss, town elders suspect a vampire is on the loose, but policeman Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas, Twilight’s Last Gleaming) doubts the existence of blood-sucking creatures. Arguing the contrary is mad scientist Dr. Otto von Niemann (Lionel Atwill, Doctor X), who is caring for the patients—terrifying his lab assistant, Brettschneider’s girlfriend (Fay Wray, King Kong). Amid mass hysteria, fingers point at the village idiot, Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye, Dracula, Frankenstein), who has a creepy affinity for bats. But after local vigilantes eliminate him from the picture, the killings continue…
Directed by Frank R. Strayer, The Film Detective’s new Blu-ray and DVD edition include a Melvyn Douglas featurette with his son, Gregory Hesselberg, and an audio commentary by film historian Sam Sherman.
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