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The Curse of the Cat People (1945)

The Curse of the Cat People


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Foregoing the horror thrills of its predecessor in favor of childhood fantasy, Curse of the Cat People is a touching and psychologically complex family film couched in a ghost story.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 3,427


Movie Info

Officially a sequel to Val Lewton's psychological-horror classic Cat People (1942), Curse of the Cat People is in fact an engrossing and oftimes charming fantasy, told from a child's point of view. Six-year-old Ann Carter plays Amy Reed, the lonely daughter of eternally preoccupied Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). Amy's vivid imagination and inability to get along with her schoolmates leads Oliver to worry that the girl will start exhibiting the psychopathic tendencies of his long-deceased first wife … More

Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
De Witt Bodeen
In Theaters:
Oct 4, 2005


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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Cat People

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3) | DVD (5)

Made as sequel to the profitable Cat People, this is highly disappointing because it fails to measure up as a horrific opus.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Top Critic

Hardly a moment is wasted.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Far from being a horror film, it's a touching, perceptive and lyrical film about childhood, psychologically astute and occasionally disturbing as it focuses entirely on the child's-eye view of a sad, cruel world.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It makes a rare departure from the ordinary run of horror films and emerges as an oddly touching study of the working of a sensitive child's mind.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A film that takes the business of childhood completely seriously and aligns itself to a child's perspective with absolute conviction.

Full Review… | October 28, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Mysteries and meanings to curl around each other like creeping vines.

Full Review… | September 8, 2012

Old-fashioned horror fantasy isn't too scary for tweens.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

One of those movies that coheres more interestingly because of its own odd heterogeneities, largely because the brio and friskiness of the filmmaking remain fairly constant over the short 70 minutes, even as the idioms keep moving around.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Nick's Flick Picks

A remarkably elusive picture, a producer-auteur's personal summarization, a gold mine for later fabulists

Full Review… | January 11, 2010

Lewton's masterpiece

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Film Freak Central

This picture remains one of the most ethereal looks at childhood the cinema has produced.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

No curses or Cat People.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the weakest movies from the Val Lawton unit. It's difficult to tell whether it's a horror film, a ghost story of just the imaginings of a sad, lonely, little girl.

June 24, 2006
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Truly creepy, atomospheric classic directed by Robert Wise.

April 6, 2006

This rather silly follow-up to Cat People isn't so much unwatchable as it is merely unnecessary.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005

RKO expected to get another supernatural chiller, with people turning into panthers and killing folks in the streets. Boy, were they disappointed.

Full Review… | October 5, 2005
Movie Metropolis

A lovely family story cleverly couched in psychology.

Full Review… | September 18, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Marvellously eloquent, and touchingly accurate in accessing the secret landscape of a child's mind.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Some kind of gentle, bizarre masterpiece.

January 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

A triumph of atmosphere over story.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Cat People

A bad sequel, it doesn't have anything to do with the first one really, and it's silly. I don't recommend this movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

The words "horrible sequel to a great movie" spring to mind when trying to describe Curse of the Cat People. Taking place several years after the original, Kent Smith and Jane Randolph have settled down in the suburbs, had a weird (mostly because Smith turned into a total dick) kid and generally gave up on life. The action (a word used very loosely) mostly follows said weird kid Amy who creates an imaginary friend in Simone Simon from the first Cat People and hangs out at the house of a nutty has-been actress in some kind of odd emotional struggle with her creepy yet foxy daughter. Robert Wise's (co-) directorial outing shows some real promise of what was to come from one of the world's most underrated directors with some really beautiful imagery in the back yard scenes. If you like child psychology mixed in with your suspense you're in for a real treat but otherwise its a completely pointless sequel. The good news is that The Curse of the Cat People will only eat a little over an hour of your time should you feel the overwhelming need to see it, but no matter what anyone says they should've let it go with the first.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

(Review coming soon)

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

You can ignore the title which is very misleading. It is the sequel to Cat People but it?s a totally different kind of film. This time round its directed by Robert Wise but still produced by Lewton. It?s a wonderful fantasy film that I recommend viewing around Christmas time. It will make you feel all warm inside and will make a change from watching The Great Escape & It?s a wonderful life :o)

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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