Even millennials are fans of some of the schlocky horror films of the '30s and '40s, classics like "Dracula," "Frankenstein" and "The Black Cat." Now thanks to UCLA's Film and Television Archive and The Film Detective, an evergreen has been revived for Blu-ray and DVD. "The Vampire Bat," made in 1933, starred B-actor Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray (famous for "King Kong") and Dwight Frye (Renfield from "Dracula").
Considering the current fascination with peripatetic vampires, it's a perfect time for "The Vampire Bat" to be unloosed on an unsuspecting public. Digitally remastered from a 35 mm composite acetate fine-grain master and a 35 mm nitrate print, the film even sports a color sequence not seen since its very first run. The release date is Tuesday, and the 63-minute thriller will set you back $20 for Blu-ray, $15 for the DVD.