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231 Ratings

The Black Cat

Gatto nero

Directed by Lucio Fulci
Italy, 1981
  • English, Italian
  • English


When a young couple goes missing in a sleepy English village, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley is brought in to assist on the case. But what starts off as routine investigation turns into a murder inquiry when the couple are found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Our take

Gawp at the stylized gore of horror legend Lucio Fulci with this cult film adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat.” Transplanted to an English village terrorized in equal parts by a cat menace and Fulci’s thrilling cinematography, it stars Mimsy Farmer and Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange).

The Black Cat Directed by Lucio Fulci

Critics reviews

While Fulci’s adaptation of THE BLACK CAT isn’t terribly Poe-esque, goddamn if it ain’t an Italian horror movie: Fulci tosses out everything but the cat and the violence and then piles on the requisite psychics, POV shots, photographers, vaguely English locations, down-on-their-luck Anglophone actors… and even giallo regular Mimsy Farmer, continuing Italy’s storied tradition of producing murder-mysteries whose solution involves negating all accepted ideas about time, space, death, and logic.
November 22, 2013
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