Cat People

Cat People
Cat People
  • UR
  • 1h 13m
  • 1942
Certified Fresh93%
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In this classic psychological horror film, a beautiful young fashion designer begins to believe--as people close to her die gruesomely--that she bears the curse of The Cat People. Serbian Irena Dubrovna's (Simone Simon) people believe that they are haunted by an ancient curse: Whenever their passions are aroused, they change into a panther--with lethal consequences. Yet when Irena moves to New York, she falls in love with Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) and accepts his proposal of marriage. But as Oliver begins to stray, Irena confides to her psychiatrist that she believes she may be the terrifying feline presence stalking her husband's mistress in the shadows. He assures Irena that her fears exist only in her own mind, but his body is soon discovered in Irena's apartment--mauled to death by a wild animal. Hunted and half-mad, Irena flees. But the mystery remains: In the heat of passion, does she change... or doesn't she?
© 1942 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.
Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber.

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Don Druker
Fresh

More a film about unreasoning fear than the supernatural, this work demonstrates what a filmmaker...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Tom Milne
Fresh

First in the wondrous series of B movies in which Val Lewton elaborated his principle of horrors i...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:December 6, 1942
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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