Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Bat (1926)

The Bat is a 1926 silent directed by Roland West and starring Jewel Carmen in her last film. West remade the film in 1930, and it was remade again in 1959 with Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

1000 Misspent Hours says, "it’s one of the earliest movies of its type that still survives" and that West strikes a
workable balance between (actual) horror and (mostly notional) humor, while giving his new movie a striking and memorable look that incorporates many of the innovations of the German Expressionists. It goes wrong in places, to be sure, but The Bat holds up astonishingly well across the ages.
Weird Wild Realm says, "For years this silent film was presumed forever lost, until a single copy in excellent condition resurfaced" and adds
Its influence on the Old Dark House motif in cinema cannot be overstated, whether for good or bad. It may also be an unacknowledged but primary influence on the gothic look of Bob Kane's original Batman comics, & even the familiar Bat Signal is present in this film!
Variety says, "it is interesting every minute of the way."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:15 AM

    Comic historians openly acknowledge Bob Kane's dependence on the movie, although Kane didn't own up until fairly late in life.

    I like it. I saw it in snippets for years before I finally saw it all the way through.

    A Pal