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Nastassia Kinski stars as Irena, a beautiful young woman on the bridge of sexuality; she discovers love for the first time only to find that the explosive experience brings with it tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her - including her brother's (Malcolm McDowell) extraordinary demands - as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. With a style as timeless as myth, Cat People is an erotic fantasy of the passion and terror that surround this girl's first love. Desire…passion…blood, her lust transforms her into one of the Cat People.
Paul Schrader, the director of American Gigolo, brought a similar kind of sexual chic to this explicit horror movie. A remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 Cat People, this version takes off from the same idea: that a woman (Nastassja Kinski), a member of a race of feline humans, will revert to her animalistic self when she has sex. Arriving to meet her brother (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans, she finds herself disturbed by his sexual presence. A zoo curator (John Heard) becomes fascinated by her, but he will discover that her kittenish ways are just the tip of the claw. Schrader dresses the story up in a stylish, glossy production, keyed on Kinski's green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty; it's hard to think of another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a cat walking on two legs. Luckily Kinski had a European attitude toward her body, because this film has plenty of poster-art nudity. There's also lots of gore and some wacky flashbacks to the ancient tribe of cat people, who hold rituals in an orange desert while Giorgio Moroder's music plays. Cat People doesn't really make all this come together, but it's always interesting to look at, and the dreadful mood lingers. --Robert Horton
I thought the HD DVDs came with a standard DVD, the one I got did not.Published 13 days ago by David W. Palmer
Good Communications. Great Product. Quick Service. Rated AAA+++. Thank You. BEGPublished 26 days ago by Barry G.
A cult favorite. I love everything about it. Close to my heart. Still spitting out fire with gasoline.Published 1 month ago by R. Diaz
Not a well-told story unfortunately, and it crawls in spots. But the cats make up for that. People being leopards is as exciting as people being wolves.Published 1 month ago by librich
This is a rare occurrence where a remake surpasses the original. It is also one of screenwriter Paul Schrader's early directing efforts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Honest Abe
The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to leopards, who mated with them. Read more