I vaguely remember seeing The Vampire Bat (1933) on a Sunday afternoon back in the early 1980s. The memory didn’t spark in me that Fay Wray was in it. (Whatever happened to Fay Wray?) But why would I remember that from a movie I saw when I was ten. This is a strange one with rubber bats being clutched by the town fool.
The dramatic acting, ominous music, and interesting sets are what draws my attention the most for movies made in the early days. The Vampire Bat is one of those movies that always make me wonder if people in the 1930s (how should I say?) had weak constitutions because this movie is far from scary. The Vampire Bat is creepy and suspenseful with a hint of comedy, but not frightening at all; to me at least. It also has a good portion of cheesy goodness, though, I don’t think it was intended. My biggest question about this movie is, what’s that in the fish tank?
When you’re flipping through the channels, and you come across The Vampire Bat, watch it, you won’t be disappointed. I give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.