Cat People 1982 R CC

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Irena is a beautiful young woman entering the new terrain of her 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 extraordinary demands as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny.

Starring:
Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Horror
Director Paul Schrader
Starring Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell
Supporting actors John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr., Scott Paulin, Frankie Faison, Ron Diamond, Lynn Lowry, John Larroquette, Tessa Richarde, Patricia Perkins, Berry Berenson, Fausto Barajas, John H. Fields, Emery Hollier, Stephen Marshal, Robert Pavlovich, Julie Denney
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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It had great atmosphere, a good cast, really great special effects and a musical score that worked at setting the mood.
Keith Mirenberg
McDowell is equally interesting as her mad brother, and John Heard, Annette O'Toole, and particularly Ruby Dee offer excellent performances in the supporting cast.
Gary F. Taylor
That sometimes turns people off to a movie, and I can understand any who don't want to see this movie now because of it.
Miranda Whitehead

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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In general terms, the basic premise of both original 1942 CAT PEOPLE and the 1982 Paul Schrader remake are the same: an exotic European beauty is given to transforming into a black panther when sexually aroused. But Schrader unravels this fantasy concept in some very Freudian directions, setting his version in against the decadent charm of New Orleans, introducing a theme of incest, and ramping up the original with a lot of nudity, a lot of sex, and some of the most graphic violence around. The result is an American blood-and-gore horror film with a hypnotic European sensibility that equates both sexual frustration and orgasm with violent death. The story line concerns two orphaned siblings (Natasha Kinski and Malcom McDowell) who are reunited in New Orleans as adults-but they are, unbeknownst to the sister, the descendents of a mutant race who can only mate with their own kind without transforming into ravening beasts who must then kill to regain their human form. When sister Natasha rejects her brother's advances and then falls in love with a hunky zoo director all hell breaks loose.
In some respects the film is extremely, extremely frustrating, often sliding over the edge from a sexually provocative shocker into moments of annoying silliness-but on the whole it works extremely well as a both a sexual fantasy and the penultimate statement in gratuitous sex and violence. Kinski is ideally cast as the sexy but virginal Irena; you can literally see the "cat" side of her nature emerge more and more as the film progresses. McDowell is equally interesting as her mad brother, and John Heard, Annette O'Toole, and particularly Ruby Dee offer excellent performances in the supporting cast.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Boggman! on September 15, 2005
Format: DVD
In the tradition of erotic 80's thrillers, "Cat People" stands out as a very unique and entertaining piece of work.

Young, innocent, and virginal Irena (Nastassja Kinski) can barely remember her parents or brother. She knows they were circus performers and that is about it. Having been raised in orphanages her whole life, she is finally contacted by her long lost brother Paul(Malcolm McDowell ), who is now a priest living out in New Orleans.

So... she packs it up and hightails out there to go live with him.

What she begins to learn is that her brother is quite an oddball, and she herself is beginning to have feelings and connections that she doesn't quite understand.

Ya see, Irena and Paul are from actual feline ancestors, and they themselves turn into panthers upon heightened sexual arousal. Once they turn, they are kitty killing machines-who don't turn back to normal until after they have made a kill. AWESOME!

Not only that, but they are incestuous-and they only way for them to function as humans, have a healthy sex life and pro create is to only sleep with one another. HA HA!

As Irena begins to establish a life and job for herself, her family demons began to take shape in many bizarre ways.

As the truth unfolds, Irena is left with a series of perplexing dilemmas & questions:

1. Should she believe and join her brother?
2. Should she continue to develop a relationship with that nice man at the zoo she works at?
3. Should she give in to her daily animal instincts?
4. Should she remain a virgin out of fear of killing?

"Cat People" has a purrrrfect blend of nudity, blood, & erotic/ sexual images.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on August 23, 2000
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"Cat People" has two things going for it: a creepy, intriguing story line; and Nastassia Kinski. Kinski is absolutely mesmerizing in the title role; an erotic, exotic presence awakening to her own sexuality and discovering that she can only have a life with one of her own kind. Paul Schrader's direction lends a eerily spooky atmosphere to the film. Malcolm McDowell is excellent as Kinski's brother who sees her as his only salvation, as she sees him as her destruction; John Heard is okay but nothing special as Kinski's lover who finally realizes what she is and commits the act that at once sets her free and imprisons her for the rest of her life; and Ruby Dee has a small but haunting role as the landlady who knows Kinski's secret and confronts her with the devastating reality of what lies ahead for her. There's plenty of blood and plenty of gore, but it all fits in with the story. It's not a great movie, but it's a very good one that deserves a wider audience.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Godfrey on December 25, 2007
Format: HD DVD
Back when it was in the theater around 1982, and I was a mere 15 year old, I happened to find myself entering a very "R" rated film instead of the movie I bought a ticket for, and since, have been in love with Kinski.

Don't be put off on the films date of release, though. "The Exorcist" was a 1973 release, yet the effects and theme are still very unsettling, and no one has replicated the intensity of that film since. Neither have they with "Cat People," and still all the animal morphing and gore seem super-realistic, even though there was no computer aided effects, as they didn't exist.

This film is a remake, but a very GOOD remake, of an old film that simply 'suggested' the reason for the animalistic transformations. With Kinsky at the helm, and her non-issue with full frontal nudity, the viewer is able to see the dynamics of a woman struggling with her sexuality, the unresolved issues surrounding her brother and family, and her deflowering, only to find herself transformed into a black panther.

I was surprised the film had received an 'R' rating, to be honest. At the time, I would have thought pseudo-fellatio, female genitalia, breasts, a little bit of S & M, and very graphic dismemberments would warrent an 'X,' but somehow the director, Paul Schrader, passed with an 'R.' The film, itself, is truly about uninhibited sexual expression, likening it to that of an animal. At times it may appear pornographic, but quickly, something horrific happens, so there isn't a margin for the viewer to find anything arousing, as it is clearly delineated within the boundries of cinema. While it may vascillate into what appears like porn, the reason this film isn't a pornographic piece is that it has no intention of titillating the viewer.
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