When the bat flies, someone dies. That was the catch-line for director Crane Wilbur’s The Bat, the iconic 1959 film adaptation of Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood’s long-forgotten Broadway play from the 1920s.
The movie — basically, a whodunit — was elevated to horror/mystery status with a clever script that keeps you guessing right up to the end and over the top performances by Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price (who is a villain that get’s one-upped)!
Any film buff worth their salt has a copy of The Bat in their home library. But it is time to upgrade, as those copies will be replaced on Oct. 20.
News arrived this past week that The Film Detectivewill be delivering a hi-def restoration from 35MM archival film elements and releasing it on that date as a Blu-ray product offering.
Also getting the Blu-ray treatment for the first time on Oct. 20 is director Roger Corman’s 1959 film gem, A Bucket of Blood, starring cult screen legend Dick Miller as a wannabe artist who gets fame by accident … and has to go on a murder rampage to maintain it.