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Cat People / The Curse of the Cat People (Horror Double Feature)
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The studio gave Val Lewton small budgets and lurid pre-tested film titles. Lewton, working with rising filmmakers and emphasizing fear of the unseen, turned meager resources into momentous works of psychological terror. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, Cat People is the trailblazing first of Lewton's nine horror classics. Simone Simon portrays a bride who fears an ancient hex will turn her into a deadly panther when she's in passion's grip. Simon returns in The Curse of the Cat People, a sequel in title and a landmark study of a troubled child in fact. Robert Wise makes his directing debut, co-helming a gothic-laced mix of fantasy and fright so astute it was used in college psychology classes.]]>
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Both Kent Smith and Jane Randolph return in this quasi-sequel but it is young Ann Carter as their daughter Amy who is at the center of this film. The memory of the tormented Irena hovers over every frame. Once again Simone Simon becomes a presence in the life of Reed when his young daughter Amy begins to retreat into a world of her own. But it may be more than mere fantasy despite her loving father's refusal to believe.
There is almost a magical and somewhat haunting feel to this exploration of a child's mind and what is real and what is not. Just as in "Cat People" where you ached to believe in the curse surrounding Irena (Simone Simon), Lewton and Wise create a bridge between Amy's imagination and Irena's presence in which the viewer wants desperately to believe. This is a very special film with a mood unlike the horror films Lewton made. It stands on its own, however, and should not be dismissed.
A far different creature entirely is the original "Cat People." Lewton and Tourneur let the imagination of the viewer make up the horror, as everything is in the unseen. It was a device they would use in several films and it always worked.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original Cat People from 1941 runs at 70 minutes and is complete and uncut. Simone Simon and Jane Randolph are the female stars and both of them literally outperformed Kent... Read morePublished 3 months ago by anonymous
The first movie Cat People I'd give 3, or 4 starts at most, as it's somewhat slow and predictible, though not without charm. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Green Manalishi
The Cat People was a different kind of movie. Very psychological....is she a cat or isn't she?Published 14 months ago by Maple
This movie is where I got my name from. My mom told me about this movie when I was a little girl. She told me when she was carrying me, if I was she was having a girl, she would... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jody's Girl
I love this old horror classic Simone Simon is great in thesePublished 15 months ago by Catherine Swartz
Cat People & The Curse of the Cat People
These package with these two movies from 1943/1944 are titled “A Val Lewton Horror Double Feature”. Read more