Overall Rank: 4422
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 46
Theatrical Release Date: 11/16/1942
Genre: Drama, Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Actors: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt
Plot: An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 07/31/2018
Stylish thriller that never shows the elusive monster. It's all through the power of suggestion. For the slow burn psychological trappings of this particular story, and evidently a limited budget, it works. But I'd rather see the shark in Jaws and the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park than hardly at all.
Snoogans - wrote on 05/19/2012
The 'evil' in this film is never seen. There is some clever camera work and uses of shadows that not only made up for the lack of budget, but also proved influential to all thrillers that came after. It's a decent flick, with some memorable scenes.
MaceeRae - wrote on 12/15/2011
For me the cinematography is the prize in this film, it's excellent. I saw this film first as a child, and considered it special, but didn't know why. Since maturing and viewing it several times as an adult, I know now it's a combination of many factors...the acting, the direction, the cinematography, it all works extremely well...even though the bulk of it was filmed on a soundstage, the stark lighting makes it work beautifully, it delivers.
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Drive-In Massacre - wrote on 10/10/2011
This is actually my second viewing of this film, I decided to watch it again (with a very informative audio commentary by film historian Greg Mank), so I can watch Curse of the Cat People tomorrow. I'm a big fan of the Val Lewton produced horror pictures from RKO, and I think Cat People is undoubtedly the most famous and respected of the films. For me, I think it's probably the 3rd best, behind I Walked With a Zombie, and my personal favorite The Body Snatcher, in which Karloff gives one of my favorite film performances in the history of film. Cat People is genius though, and without question the most symbolic and provocative of the Lewton films. Its simplicity and slow movement is like a dream building up to a nightmare. It really, REALLY, could have been is a hokey movie about a lady …
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