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A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

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Storyline

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago had been the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities, and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but he is killed before he can retrieve the money. Thus the lonely country house soon becomes the site of many mysterious and dangerous activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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When Someone SCREAMS ... It Will Be YOU! See more »


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9 August 1959 (USA)  »

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El murciélago  »

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Trivia

In a 1987 interview on Sinister Image (1987) Vincent Price revealed that the stage version of "The Bat" had terrified him when he was a child and he accepted the role because he thought the filmmakers "would revive it and bring it up to date," but he was disappointed with the final result because "it wasn't a good script." See more »

Goofs

The Bat uses a suction cup and a glass cutter to cut a hole in the glass in order to reach in and unlatch the door. The circular piece of glass attached to the suction cup is twice as thick as the glass from which the hole has been cut. The glass attached to the suction cup is also too thick to cut a hole in using a simple glass cutter. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Allen: [the wind is banging a shutter against the house] That ain't nothing, just something bumping against the house.
[wind blows a door open and closed]
Lizzie Allen: That's just the wind banging the door, pay no attention to it. Listen to this,
[reads paper]
Lizzie Allen: 'One of his victims who lived for a moment after she was found described the Bat as a man without a face'. Honestly, Miss Gordy, I think that woman was exaggerating.
[a tapestry blows against an open window]
Lizzie Allen: That's just the taphestry at the top of the stairs.
Cornelia van Gorder: I ...
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You can hide a million dollars but..."you can't hide a murder!"
4 July 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Female mystery writer, renting a bad luck-ridden estate in the country, is terrorized by a serial killer nicknamed "The Bat" (who dons a black hat, black mask, and black gloves complete with sharp claws!). Seems our blood-thirsty fiend is after a million dollars pilfered from the local bank and believes the loot is hidden in the writer's house. "Who is it?" mystery with hilariously overripe dialogue, a frivolous, fluttery-nervous atmosphere, and a lack of logic at every turn. Director Crane Wilbur also penned the script, an adaptation of a stage play dating back to the 1920s. It gets by sheerly on the talent of its leads, Vincent Price (as a sinister doctor) and Agnes Moorehead (with her pithy delivery and incredulous expressions). Nifty opening theme music by Alvino Rey, crisp cinematography by Joseph Biroc. Tolerable. ** from ****


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