Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scent to Kill

Try Lugosi's new aftershave lotion!
Tiny doses he'll craft with devotion
But the perfume's sillage
Leads to doom - quelle dommage!
Up bats' noses one draught spells commotion.

David Cairns

Béla Lugosi in The Devil Bat (Jean Yarbrough; 1940). Cosmetic company chemist Carruthers (Lugosi) is angry at his employers, feeling they have denied him his due share of company success. To get revenge, he breeds giant bats, conditioning them to kill those wearing a special after-shave lotion he has concocted, distributing samples to his enemies as a "test" product.

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