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Film / The Vampire Bat

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"These are the TALONS of the Vampire Bat!"

The Vampire Bat is a 1933 B-Movie Sci-Fi Horror film directed by Frank R. Strayer, starting Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye.

The village of Kleinschloss has run into a small problem. You see, a Serial Killer is on the loose, draining people of their blood, and superstitious townsfolk think a vampire is on the loose. A detective is sent to investigate the murders, and discovers a secret related to a scientist's mysterious experiments...


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  • Actually Not a Vampire: The "vampire" is really the hypnotized henchman of a Mad Scientist.
  • Animal Motifs: The killer has bats, with a recent infestation of them being treated as a sign that he's a vampire, and a man with a fondness for them being framed for his crimes.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Otto von Niemann is responsible for the killings through his hypnotized slave.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Von Neimann is collecting blood from his victims to create a living organism.
  • Frame-Up: The killer subtly manipulates the village into thinking​ the village idiot is the vampire.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: Von Neimann takes advantage of his trusted community position by being the first to know of any evidence for his crimes, so he can snuff out whomever told him.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Herman, the village idiot, has many pet bats when most of the village is terrified of them.
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  • The Sociopath: Dr. Otto von Neimann brainwashes a guy and then has him kill people and drain their blood for his experiments in creating life. He even kills his maid, the one person he seems to care about.

Alternative Title(s): Blood Sucker, Forced To Sin


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