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1,337 Ratings

Cat People

Directed by Paul Schrader
United States, 1982
Drama, Fantasy, Horror


In this sensual horror tale, Irena Gallier (Nastassia Kinski) has a dark family secret, one that resurfaces dramatically when she reconnects with her estranged brother Paul (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats.

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Cat People Directed by Paul Schrader

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1983 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

It’s well worth staying for (or seeking out) for anyone interested in flawed yet fascinating films, or in what happens to the power of suggestion in an era when you can show as many breasts and blood-spurts as you like. It is a messy, schizoid film, an uneven mixture of new and old material that lands somewhere between the druggier sci-fi trips of the 1970s and the makeup-and-creature-effects blockbusters of the 1980s.
October 25, 2016
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As darkened swamps, claustrophobic zoos and decrepit mansions become the stomping grounds for the unfolding narrative, the richness of atmosphere often makes up for the overwrought dramatics of the plot. Narratively, Cat People doesn’t quite come together, but the humid locale feels infused with a heavy longing and destructive desire.
September 15, 2016
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According to Hollywood legend, throughout the shooting of Cat People Paul Schrader was seeing two different psychiatrists. This sounds wickedly apt because the film is a tale straight from the unconscious, about split selves and forbidden desires, yet it also finds a disorientating cinematic chemistry between two forms by combining eroticism and horror.
June 05, 2015

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