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The Curse of the Cat People

The Curse of the Cat People (1945)

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

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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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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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

Oct 4, 2005

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

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Hardly a moment is wasted.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A film that takes the business of childhood completely seriously and aligns itself to a child's perspective with absolute conviction.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

September 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

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

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

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

January 11, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Lewton's masterpiece

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

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

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

No curses or Cat People.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

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

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A lovely family story cleverly couched in psychology.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.
October 17, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
June 3, 2010
mjgildea

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(Review coming soon)
March 29, 2010
MovieGeek13

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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)
October 1, 2009
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