Terror is entirely communicated through shadow and the unending possibilities of what could lie within. Sexual repression is obviously the cause of all of the horrific situations and this repression transforms what is originally terrifying into something entirely bleaker.
Chef-d'oeuvre du cinéma fantastique qui fait rimer poésie sauvage avec beauté formelle, fascination de l'inconnu et mythes légendaires. Approche intelligente et adroite des archétypes de l'inconscient collectif et de la peur, du désir/rejet de la féminité. Un grand moment de cinéma ! www.cinefiches.com
Purring softhorror. Not scary at all, yet moody thanks to the film-noir aesthetics. Simone Simon as the Serbian mistress is wonderful, the other characters and actors rather not. What on earth does she see in that wooden bloke? There’s some subtle subtext concerning relationships, love and sexuality - treated like you’d expect in an American movie from the 40s.
One of the most influential horror films ever made and an essential watch for any fan of the genre. Cat People set the formula for cinematic psychological horror, relying almost entirely on shadow and suggestion, playing with the audience’s anxiety and expectation to get it’s scares. It was so innovative and ahead of it's time that it still feels much more contemporary than most films of this era.
This movie has a premise like this: A woman who believes she's a descendant of a race of people who turn into cats when sexually aroused. Sounds cool, huh? Unfortunately, I was bored with the first-half of this movie. But this movie become better after that. I admired its cinematography and atmosphere. Not to mention that famous "Lewton Bus" scene. It's still worth to watch...
My expectations were a bit high for this one, I’d heard so many good things. There are some great sequences, like the swimming pool scene, but it’s just kind of middle ground stuff. May have worked better if they capitalized on that ambiguity it seemed to be setting up at first.
An allegory of repressed sexuality or stigmatization of the female desire par excellence? Either way, it's rather sleep-enducing, hammy and stereotypical. To top it all, it's laced with orientalistic mumbojumbo. Tourneur sure can use lightning and sound, but there's only a few scenes worth of all that.