Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »
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
When Cornelia is trapped in the hidden room, she runs out of oxygen far too quickly. The room is large enough to have plenty of air, especially with the others searching the house for her. See more »
[knocking on the door]
Hurry will you? It's Lizzie...
[Jane Patterson opens her door]
I'm terribly worried, I can't find Miss Cornelia anywhere, and something's happened to the policeman, I don't know what...get Warner, bring him to the drawing room, tell him we need him!
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The cast and story are good enough to make this version of the mystery of "The Bat" watchable, though probably not as good as the earlier movie versions of the story. Agnes Moorehead is this film's strongest point, and Vincent Price also helps, although his role is much more limited. The story is one of the familiar kinds of 'dark house' mysteries, and it is done adequately, but it could have been better.
The story is set up very well in the early scenes of the movie, with a lot of possibilities centering around the house that Moorehead's character has rented. But then, while it holds your interest for the rest of the time, it slows down quite a bit, and it never really makes full use of the potential that it has established. The story also has some unfortunate holes. The country house atmosphere is convincing enough to work for the most part, but it could easily have been better with more detail. Overall, it's worth seeing for anyone who likes the genre, as long as you don't expect too much.
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