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The Bat, a review by addicted2dvd

TV Stars in the Movies Marathon

Title: The Bat
Year: 1959
Director: Crane Wilbur
Rating: NR
Length: 80 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: N/A

Vincent Price as Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead as Cornelia Van Gorder
Gavin Gordon as Lieutenant Anderson
John Sutton as Warner
Lenita Lane as Lizzia Allen

Star(s) of TV Series:
Movie Character:
TV Series:
Series Character:
Agnes Moorehead
Cornelia Van Gorder

Horror Legend Vincent Price (House of Usher) and OSCARĀ® nominee Agnes Moorehead (The Magnificent Ambersons) star in this suspense thriller based on Mary Roberts Rinehart's oft-filmed novel and stageplay. Mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder (Moorehead) rents a spooky country house for the summer, while the masked criminal called The Bat is on the loose -- and Dr. Malcolm Wells (Price) knows more than he's telling.


My Thoughts:
This is the first time I ever seen this classic Vincent Price movies. It is on double feature disc with House on Haunted Hill. Another Vincent Price movie. This DVD is put out by the Roan Group and is labeled Horror Classics #3: Vincent Price Collection . But the problem with that is I wouldn't call The Bat a horror movie. It is a murder mystery. But it is one I enjoyed. I am glad I have it in my collection. I admit it was a little strange to see Agnes Moorehead in something other then Bewitched... but she did a good job. Thought she was very believable in the role. I enjoyed the storyline... even though I did guess the murderer ahead of time. I wouldn't say it is completely obvious... but I did guess it about half way through the movie.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Stars in the Movies on March 6th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Unknown, a review by DJ Doena

(german title: Unknown Identity)

Liam Neeson
January Jones (Mad Men)
Bruno Ganz (Der Untergang / Downfall)
Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds)
Frank Langella (Masters of the Universe, Dave)

Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) and his wife (Jones) arrive in Berlin to attend a bio-tech conference. He has to return to the airport because he left a briefcase there and his cab has a crash. When he wakes up in the hospital four days later he's not Dr. Harris anymore. Someone else is Dr. Harris and even his wife doesn't recognize him anymore. What the hell is going on?

My opinion:
I watched this in the theatre (german dubbing) yesterday. I liked that the whole picture took place in my hometown (Berlin) and that it actually was Berlin (and not just a canadian stand-in ;)). I found it amusing that in the dubbed version the only person speaking with an accent was Gina (Kruger) - a german actress. ;)

When I first saw the character played by Bruno Ganz (I never saw Downfall and didn't recognize him) I immediately said "I bet he was with the Stasi" (former east-german secret service) and I was proven right that very minute. What I also liked about this character was that he pointed out that the whole plot didn't make much sense - until the reveal.

The Germans were a bit "too german" sometimes, like when Dr. Harris had to ID himself just to get into the conference room, even though he was on the guest list. The same thing with the cheap hotel just to keep him from getting a place to sleep. And the nurse: "Gretchen Erfurt". Seriously?

When I saw Langella I also instantly knew that he was the baddie. Except for Superman Returns (Perry White) I can't remember him not playing a baddie (He was Skeletor AND Nixon!!!).

The plot reveal had his ups and downs, for example
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The other big plot holes I noticed where these:
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I found Jones' character in general rather useless, which is kind of the same way I feel about her Mad Men character Betty Draper.

Everything considered it was an OK movie which I will watch on DVD again, mainly to watch it in english and check how they did the whole english/german mix.

And for us Germans: The doctor is Stockinger from Kommisar Rex. ;)

(From Unknown on April 2nd, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

    Cosplay Complex (2002/Japan)

(United States)
Length:88 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Meet Chako and her friends from the Cosplay Association at East Oizuki Academy! They're the hottest new cosplay team in Japan...fresh from a winning streak of local battles, they're set to sweep the Cosplay World Series!

Yeah, right.

In reality, Chako and her friends are barely able to keep their club alive at all. Feeble club membership and a lack of sponsorship might be the end of their cosplay dreams before they can even start. But don't you dare underestimate this group of spunky girls! They'll survive a barrage of pervy newcomers, cosplay rivalries, costume disasters and dating mishaps in order to reach their ultimate goal of competing in the World Series. The clothing flies as the girls suit up (and strip down) for Cosplay Complex!

Kosupure Complex
.01 The Cosplay Club is Born!
Writer: Juzo Muzuki (Original Material By), Noboru Kimura (Screenwriter)
Director: Shinichirou Kimura
Cast: English Vocal Cast), Larissa Wolcott (Chako (voice)), Samantha Inoue Harte (Delmo (voice)), Jenny Larson (Reika (voice)), Carla Witt (Maria (voice)), Tiger Darrow (Athena (voice)), Corey Gagne (Gorou (voice)), Jessica Smolins (Jenny (voice)), Payton Hayslip (Sachiko (voice)), John Minnich (Kosuke (voice)), Arthur Tilotson (Ikebukuro (voice)), Sara Farr (Additional Voices (voice)), Robert S. Fisher (Additional Voices (voice)), Samantha Garcia (Additional Voices (voice)), Paul Garza (Additional Voices (voice)), Ira Henderson (Additional Voices (voice)), Alysson Wyatt (Additional Voices (voice)), Japanese Vocal Cast), Sakura Nogawa (Chako Hasegawa (voice)), Rie Kugimiya (Delmo (voice)), Saeko Chiba (Maria Imai (voice)), Ai Shimizu (Athena Imai (voice)), Akeno Watanabe (Jenny Matel (voice)), Chiaki Takahashi (Reika Aoshima (voice)), Yuki Masuda (Sachiko Arii (voice)), Susumu Chiba (Gorou Bandai (voice)), Takahiro Sakurai (Kosuke Tamiya (voice)), Kenichi Ono (Ikebukuro (voice)), Yoshiaki Matsumoto (Announcer (voice)), Tomohiro Tashiro (Cosplayer A (voice)), Yumiko Kouzu (Cosplayer B (voice))

This is a three episode OVA series. A stupid one at that. I only have it in my collection because it was part of a cheap double-pack with another series I wanted to check out.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 1st, 2011)