- Actors: Al Cliver, Geoffrey Copleston, Bruno Corazzari, Daniela Doria, Mimsy Farmer
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English, Italian
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Rhino / Wea
- VHS Release Date: August 29, 1997
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304187262
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Black Cat [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
The Black Cat is a much more grounded film, allowing the audience's knowledge of Poe's tale, along with the beautifully photographed English landscape to pull the film along. One notices almost right off that this movie doesn't really feel much like a Fulci film at all. There is some gore, but most of it is limited to blood flow, shed without the huge spurting wounds, or chunks of human flesh that the maestro is so well known for. The story moves with a linear feel, not jumping around, or making huge leaps in logic that the average viewer couldn't possibly follow. And the action, while present never hits the nerve shattering breaking point that usually accompanies a Lucio Fulci film.
This movie is more a tribute to the gothic Poe adaptations of Roger Corman from the 60's; as if directed by an eye obsessed Pete Walker. Fulci pulls in the bizarre landscapes, the paranoid actions of the locals. And a lighter, more humorous tone than usually permeates his films, and he does it all beautifully.
The most fun part of this film is by far the title feline himself (or herself, one never really knows). The cat runs and attacks playfully through the movie, dubbed with near lion level roaring, and thrown into the faces of his victims by some off camera hands.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lesser-known, moderately slow, but totally enjoyable Fulci film from '81 with a few scenes of glorious gore, a sinister feline with murder on its mind, and a catchy score that'll... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mateo S
It's definitely not my favorite Fulci. I would buy the cheaper Blue Underground release.Published 6 months ago by Steven seibert
A really really cute black cat terrorizes an English town and causes car accidents and burns downs houses and causes people to fall to their death by cat scratches. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DeadandBuried
if you love Alan pole you will love this story.if you love it your allen cole you will love this story. On par with alfred hitchcock.Published 14 months ago by Alexander Tays
Gotta love Italian horror director Lucio Fulci's obsession with cats. You will find a running theme in several of his films involving cats that kill. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bill Carson
This is a very-very stylish atmospheric suspense filled movie that could have used a huge injection of HORROR. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Einsatz