A window into a time when human beings were not just data mining aphids harvested by invisible elites. Strange old men could be found on tombstones, trying to speak to ghosts. Cats murdered people. Empathy was dangerous. Edgar Allen Poe was still read, as were books. error lived within the shadows instead of selling news media entertainment and wars of convenience. Evil men were undone by even more evil spirits.
A must see for fans Fulcio. Atmospheric in a way that reminded me at times of the best of Bava. Bizarre as much of Fulcio often is: characters seeking answers in a world governed by nightmare logic (so if you start thinking how ludicrous this all is you should just stop thinking), and really, just a gorgeous piece of filmmaking. Turn off your mind and enjoy.
Dig those crazy bats! They'd probably taste stringy, considering that we can see their strings! This is a barely-coherent movie almost completely unrelated to the Poe story, except for the famous ending, which they botch! In better movies, the ending is handled with finesse, and you can enjoy the surprise/irony. In this movie, the ending is so clumsy, there's no surprise or sense to how it plays out.
I enjoyed this film because of the great cinematography and the great acting from the cast. The point of view of the "Black Cat" was well shot and definitely not something I was going to expect while watching this. The plot was unique and is nothing I have ever seen before. The use of the a killer cat was amazing to see on screen. Lucio Fulci did a great job with this horror film.
After seeing this film and being able to appreciate foreign films much more because of what they have to offer, I really did enjoy this one. I found to be insightful and full of suspense at the same time. It was incredibly well throughout and even more well executed. The actors were so engaged. Although the film is about three decades old, it still carries that sense of amusement we still for today.
2-3. The idea that a man's repressed dark side has manifested abstractly as a way of seeking vengeance on the people around him definitely works. Plus the direction is stylish, placing a heavy focus on eyes and POVs. But I don't know that the concept QUITE manages to transcend skepticism about fear of a cat killing people the way, say, 'The Birds' does. It also becomes a tad monotonous after a while.
Storia accattivante, con buoni sviluppi, ma con poco mordente e che non regge fino alla fine. Alcuni momenti memorabili. La tensione viene mantenuta su buoni livelli.Fantastici effetti speciali. Personaggi non ottimi, ma alcuni restano impressi. Regia di alta qualità, con un ottimo uso delle soggettive e dei primi piani. La fotografia caratterizza bene gli ambienti e il superbo montaggio dà un contributo fondamentale
I can see why most Fulci fans loathe this one as it's a classier affair than what one would typically expect from the master of gore. It's restrained (for Fulci anyway) and has a definite Hitchcockian feel to it. He even includes two almost embarrassingly blatant homages to The Birds and Rear Window. The Black Cat is a minor (but masterful) note in Fulci's canon and it definitely doesn't deserve it's bad reputation.