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Cat People Reviews

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June 15, 2017
... a masterpiece of mood and psychological ambiguity masquerading as a cheap exploitation knock-off. Cheap it is, but Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur create mood not out of what is seen, but what isn't.
February 28, 2017
While Cat People isn't among the scariest films ever made, there are a trio of truly suspenseful scenes which, quite ingeniously, leave just enough up to the audience's imagination to dial up the tension.
January 16, 2017
[Cat People's] masterstroke lies in a constant awareness of its audience, using their expectations of its B-movie horror title to draw out the film's tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 3, 2016
I do like a film that opens with a mission statement, and... Cat People starts thus: "Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places, the depressions in the world consciousness."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2016
A masterpiece of the genre: No less than Martin Scorsese has stated that the movie is "as important as Citizen Kane in the maturation of the American cinema."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 29, 2015
Scenes where Irena shadows her rival are burned into cinema memory.
October 14, 2014
It's psychological horror at its finest: timelessly terrifying and absolutely purr-fect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 22, 2014
...a startling, psychosexual horror picture - especially for its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 23, 2014
Val Lewton's most brilliant and subtly sexual horror films ever made.
October 6, 2013
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.
October 7, 2012
The scariest American horror movie of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
March 30, 2012
Tourneur splendidly visualizes immigrant dislocation and marital anxiety as spiritual states suspended between planes of light and shadow
January 11, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 6, 2010
Unpleasant film argues we should be afraid of people who are different.
October 22, 2009
In its complexity, it functions as a sharp, canny blueprint for the rest of Lewton's pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2009
This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber.
November 30, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2007
Its techniques would be adopted by noir, its themes are aped by horror films and thrillers today.
September 26, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 26, 2007
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.
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