The Bat (1959)

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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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8 March 2005 | Coventry
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| The Adventures of EVIL Batman!
I already encountered quite a few opinions and reviews that labeled "the Bat" as one of Price's LEAST entertaining movies. Okay, either I'm too biased about this magnificent actor's work or either I just know crap about horror cinema but I thought it was a GREAT movie!! Granted, the screenplay is a little too ambitious and too many characters are introduced, but overall this is an exciting and well-plotted thriller that satisfies the fans of haunted house stories as well the typical "whodunit" mysteries. The always-amazing Price is part of a well-filled cast and the events take place in an old, luxurious mansion. One million dollar worth of cash has been stolen from the bank, the loot is hidden somewhere in the house and there's a maniacal killer with a dedication for rabbit bats on the loose. Let the fun begin! The temporary tenant of the mansion, who happens to be a murder-story author, starts her own search for the killer's identity. "The Bat" is low on visual effects and make-up, but the constantly tense atmosphere and mysterious characters make up for that. The film could have used a little more action instead of all the talking but it remains an absolute pleasure to behold Vincent Price as a sneaky crook. The old "Oaks" mansion is a genuinely creepy horror location and the "Bat" character is a cool and imaginative villain. Certainly not the absolute highlight of Price's impressive career, but nonetheless a warmly recommended movie for his fans.

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