• Film ID:
  • 7129
  • Availability:
  • VHS - Adv. Booking Required
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • VHS=73 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
CAT PEOPLE (1943) (1943)
First in the wondrous series of B-movies in which Val Lewton elaborated his principle of horrors imagined rather than seen, with a superbly judged performance from Simon as the young wife ambivalently haunted by both sexual frigidity and a fear that she is turning into a panther. With its chilling set-pieces directed to perfection by Tourneur, not least because of the care taken to imbue its cat-people with feline mannerisms. Its sober psychological basis is barely shaken by the studio's insistence on introducing a panther during one crucial scene.
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