The Curse of the Cat People

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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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In this sequel to "Cat People," Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) is married to the lovely Alice Moore (Jane Randolph). The couple has a daughter, Amy (Ann Carter), a withdrawn young girl with a vivid imagination who soon begins talking to visions of her father's deceased former wife, the cursed Irena (Simone Simon). When Amy unintentionally incurs the wrath of a mentally unstable woman (Elizabeth Russell), the girl's relationship with Irena's apparition comes into play.

Cast & Crew

Simone Simon
Irena Reed
Kent Smith
Oliver Reed
Elizabeth Russell
Barbara Farren
Eve March
Miss Callahan
Julia Dean
Julia Farren
Erford Gage
Police Captain
Joel Davis
Donald Miller (uncredited)
Roy Webb
Original Music
Nicholas Musuraca
Cinematographer
J.R. Whittredge
Film Editor
Walter E. Keller
Art Direction
Darrell Silvera
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Cat People

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Cat People

  • Oct 13, 2011
    What a terribly misleading title. "The Curse of the Cat People" is no horror film, and it's barely even spooky. Add more visual atmosphere and this fantasy would verge on Jean Cocteau turf. It's also not much of a sequel to 1942's "Cat People," beyond its recasting of Simone Simon and Kent Smith. A lonely little girl (Ann Carter, merely adequate) starts seeing her father's dead wife (Simon) and embraces her as a friend. She also befriends an elderly woman who lives with her daughter in one of those typical spooky homes that everyone avoids out of unfounded fear. Her concerned father (Smith) and his new wife frown upon these indulgences. Neither storyline resolves in a satisfying way, and it's not even certain exactly what has happened.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Mar 29, 2010
    (Review coming soon)
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2008
    Superior sequel to "Cat People" explores the fantasy life of a lonely little girl, whose imaginary friend takes on an alarming figure of the past. A rare "horror" film that eschews the possibly supernatural origins of its predecessor and focuses directly on its psychological impact. Brilliantly executed and hauntingly realized.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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