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The Creepy Supernatural Shocker From The Director Of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD And THE BEYOND

The townspeople of a small English village begin to die in a series of horrible `accidents,' and a Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate. But when suspicion falls on a mysterious local medium who records conversations with the dead, the grisly deaths take on a sinister twist. Is a deranged murderer on the loose, or is an even more shocking evil silently stalking in the night?

Patrick Magee (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE), David Warbeck (THE BEYOND), Mimsy Farmer (AUTOPSY) and Al Cliver (ZOMBIE) star in this atmospheric horror thriller directed by Lucio Fulci, now completely restored from original negative materials and presented in widescreen for the first time ever!

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"A Moody Exercise In Gothic Horror!" -- DVD Maniacs


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  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Lucio Fulci Bio

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  • Actors: David Warbeck, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV8ZCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on January 12, 2009
Format: DVD
A Scotland Yard inspector and an American photographer are drawn into a bizarre series of deaths in a small English town that seem to be linked to a psychic medium and his hateful black cat.

Inspired by the tale from Edgar Allan Poe, gore legend Lucio Fulci's "The Black Cat" is a refreshing change from the sorts of Italian horror films I'm used to seeing. It almost feels like a Hammer or Amicus production, or an attempt at one rather, and as a big fan of those types of horror films, I was very relieved to see that. Part of the feeling surely comes from the English setting, and another from one of the main stars of the film, actor Patrick Magee. However, the story plays a part in this too, as this film is actually about the intriguing plot more than it is about the gore. In fact, I'd say "The Black Cat" is fairly mild in the gore department compared to other Italian horror films. The performances range from quite good to adequate, and the music is pretty cool, so overall I can easily say this is among the better Italian horror films I've seen, but, as I've said, it's more because it feels a bit like British horror. If you are into the more typical Italian horror films, perhaps you will not like "The Black Cat" so much. If you are a fan of Hammer and Amicus, this is a good segway into Italian horror. The DVD from Anchor Bay claims to be fully restored (though I guess that doesn't mean a flawless picture), and the film is presented in widescreen. Also included are the theatrical trailer and a bio on Lucio Fulci. I can honestly say I like "The Black Cat" and it is worth checking out, though there are still going to be questions you wish it had answered. It IS Italian horror, after all. Still, this is among their best in my opinion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave. K VINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
Format: DVD
The Black Cat released in 1981 is one of Lucio Fulci's lesser known efforts. The Black Cat was released in a time when the splatter era of Lucio Fulci was upon us. If its gore you are looking for you won't find very much here, while the Black Cat does have some violence it's not very gory at all; the couple of gore scenes we get are very tame actually. I wouldn't even call them gore scenes.

With The Black Cat Fulci focuses more on suspense; while we all have our own opinion I think a lot of people went into this movie expecting a gorefest. Lucio Fulci was a director who could make his movies come out creepier than they should have, but it's the gore is what really got fans talking. The Black Cat could have used more of the red stuff; while the movie wasn't bad it just never had that creepy feel that some of Fulci's other movies from this era did.

The close up of the eyes is a Lucio Fulci trademark; when used right that shot can be really effective and make a scene very eerie. But here in The Black Cat, Fulci goes into close up of the eyes overload. It seemed every other shot was a close up of the eyes. Honestly it can get rather annoying after a while. The look of the movie is well done for the most part; Sergio Salvati was the cinematographer and he worked with Fulci on some of his most popular flicks of the 80s.

Lucio Fulci and Sergio Salvati are able to create a great look visually and are able to make some scenes a little creepier than maybe they should have been. The Black Cat really wasn't a bad movie it's your typical Lucio Fulci movie only without the gore. There were some decent moments of suspense and the movie is actually well made for the most part.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on May 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It appears that Fulci did not spend a lot of time or effort in producing this retelling of the classic tale of "The Black Cat", as it seems shallow and hurried. The story involves a pretty young photographer who gets caught up in murders in a tiny English village, which may or may not be traceable to mad Patrick Magee and his pet cat. Hmmm...There is a severe absence of trademark gore scenes here, which is why "The Black Cat" never features much in Fulci filmographies. The only really unpleasant scene is the one in which Dagmar Lassander is burned alive, with plenty of close-ups. The English village is all very beautifully shot, and it appears to be on location, but in every scene of tension, Fulci reacts by zooming in on the eyes of the characters, (and of the cat!) Afer scene upon scene of close-ups of eyes, you will be praying for the cat to come and rip yours out! This film came after Fulci's period of greatness, and is nothing more than a stop gap.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Anderson on January 5, 2008
Format: DVD
It is often forgotten that "The Black Cat" was made in between Lucio Fulci's wonderful triptych of Zombie films, and is a further illustration that Fulci was very willing to tackle esoteric and challenging material. A further surprise in light of its position in Fulci's filmography is the relative lack of gore. Aside from one or two cat attacks and an especially memorable sequence involving an unfortunate character caught in a blazing inferno this film is more interested with atmosphere. A suitably eerie English village informs the narrative backdrop of a rather fanciful tale about a professor who can both control his feline and communicate with the dead. Unfortunately for him there isn't enough death in this sleepy village, which potentially halts his experiments, so his cat is rather busy. Patrick Magee as the deranged professor chews the scenery, and adds a touch of madcap class to a somewhat thankless role. Fulci is at his best when his prowling camera follows the cat around roofs and alleys, and he imbues the cat with a wonderful demonic personality thanks to a number of well timed and not overused point of view shots. However Fulci's propensity for close ups on the eyes of characters is over used and irritating, as is the attitude toward the backward locals. Its quite rich coming from an Italian film crew, Fulci himself had well documented the backward superstitions in his own "Don't Torture a Duckling". Aside from the bricking up of the largely superfluous Mimsy Farmer the film bears little resemblance to Poe's original treatise on guilty consciences. One or two usual nonsense scenes are present - why does Mimsy Farmer's bedroom go crazy in best "Exorcist" style?, and why are the powers of Scotland Yard brought in just to find a missing girl? This is ultimately low calorie Fulci and a forgettable entry in Fulci's horror cycle. What saves the film from total obscurity is an excellent score by Pino Dinaggio.
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