Val Lewton's most brilliant and subtly sexual horror films ever made.
Produced by Val Lewton and directed by the great Jacques Tourneur, this was one of the first Hollywood horrors to play on the audience's fears rather than expose it to ghouls and monsters.
[Demonstrates] the enduring power of imagined horror in everyday-life situations.
| Original Score: 4/5
The scariest American horror movie of the 1940s.
| Original Score: 10/10
Tourneur splendidly visualizes immigrant dislocation and marital anxiety as spiritual states suspended between planes of light and shadow
Based on a deceptively simple story, this understated but scary horror film benefits from the collaboration of producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur and the touching performance from Simone Simon
| Original Score: A-
Unpleasant film argues we should be afraid of people who are different.
In its complexity, it functions as a sharp, canny blueprint for the rest of Lewton's pictures.
| Original Score: 4/4
This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber.
| Original Score: 5/5
ts techniques would be adopted by noir, its themes are aped by horror films and thrillers today.
Cat People wasn't frightening like a slasher movie, using shocks and gore, but frightening in an eerie, mysterious way that was hard to define; the screen harbored unseen threats.
More a film about unreasoning fear than the supernatural, this work demonstrates what a filmmaker can accomplish when he substitutes taste and intelligence for special effects.
A thinking man's supernatural thriller.
| Original Score: A
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.
Handled more with shadow and suggestion than the outright statement found in the horror pictures that surrounded it.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Ladies who have such temptations -- in straight horror pictures, at least -- should exercise their digits a bit more freely than does Simone Simon in this film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Female sexuality is a rich source of a certain kind of horror - the kind of horror that plays upon the anxieties that prudish bourgeois men have about their wives' sex lives.
The way it messes with your head -- and Jacques Tourneur's deft ability behind the camera -- make it quite the '40s standout.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's what you don't see in a Val Lewton production rather than what you do see that makes it frightening.
| Original Score: 7/10