on 10 August 2010
My main reason for using the term "Remarkable" is how this movie was inspired into the most infamous character and superhero "Batman". It's unbelievable.
This movie in itself is actually really good as well. It's about a masked criminal, whose wanted in his own town, on the loose from the police. He is witty and very devious, as his disguise hides who he is (obviously). He finds a Mansion, owned by a wealthy person called "Cornelia Van Gorder", who suspects somebody in her house trying to steal her money. It could be anybody - but she is given a warning that it's the Bat! She calls in the police and a detective to solve the case. But what they're in for was not when they were expecting. He murders the maid, steals the $20,000 dolars... and things come to a horrifying conclusion!
It was directed by Ronald West, who was very big at doing scary, silent and black and white horror movies. The music in this film usually synchronizes either the were about's of the Bat, something completely coincidental... and basically keeps the consistency in the mood and atmosphere.
It's not an amazing movie... and I don't know if it has really lived the test of time. But it's just fantastic how it's evolved into many things - From a thug to a hero. Even a butler is present in the movie, until The Bat runs on the loose, leaving a calling card of his next destination. The Bat's shadow is identical to the current Bat Signal that's used to call and alert Batman of trouble.
I say you should give it a watch. It's capable of playing on any DVD Format due to the fact that it's not got a region code on it. It's even had a sequel "The Bat whispers" and a remake with Vincent Price in "The Bat" 1959. Give it a try. Even though it's silent, the mood and the written dialogue voice many things.
on 15 April 2004
This triple feature includes William Castle's The House on Haunted Hill from 1958, Crane Wilbur's The Bat from 1959 and John Llewellyn Moxey's Horror Hotel from 1960. Bonus features include a Popeye cartoon and a 1949 Tales of Mystery and Suspense Radio Show starring Joseph Cotton.
When I bought this DVD, two of the links to the Internet Movie Database at the bottom of the page were wrong. Neither Roland West's 1926 film The Bat, nor the 1923 film The Shock, starring Lon Chaney, are included on this DVD. Silent film lovers should look elsewhere. What you get are 2 films with Vincent Price and one with Christopher Lee.