The Curse of the Cat People (1945)




Critic 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.

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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: De Witt Bodeen, DeWitt Bodeen
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On DVD: Oct 4, 2005


as Amy Reed

as Irena Reed

as Oliver Reed

as Alice Reed

as Barbara Farren

as Miss Callahan

as Julia Farren

as State Trooper Captai...

as Little Girl

as Miss Plumett
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Cat People

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4)

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

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 V

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

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