Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Curse of the Cat People
A tender tale of terror!
A child explores her late mother's life and discovers her maternal bloodline is cursed.
It's like Lewton and his crew decided to sneak a beautiful drama under the radar of horror fans. Typical of one of Lewton's films, it's deceptively complicated, a rich exploration of family and loss and loneliness. It's about the father's grief over his lost wife (and his denial of her loss, in a way). It's about the daughter's yearning for a mother (and the psychological effect of being parentless, how that affects her [lack of] friendships). It's about the damage of being motherless (see the old lady and her daughter in the mansion as a contrast/compare to the little girl's situation). Some values dissonance mars the film, and the father is... unlikable. But there's enough going on that it doesn't matter.
The male lead from cat people has moved on with his life, remarried and has a young daughter who, isolated from her family and other kids, starts seeing visions of her father's dead wife and spending time with a batty old lady in her big house.
Some of the reviews on here seem to be from people let down that it wasn't a 'proper' horror film or feeling it's links to Cat People were quite vague but I really liked the mood it created and the shifting connections and and communication breakdowns between the girl and the adults in her community. It's a film that manages to feel convincingly like a fairy tale rather than just pedestrianly filming an existing…
Like SUNSET BOULEVARD but William Holden is played by a 6 year-old girl.
Or THE LORD OF THE RINGS but Mount Doom is actually an old lady in a big house.
Or E.T. but E.T. is actually your father's dead wife.
Still, it's pretty chilling to hear a little girl say "winter is coming" with a big smile on her face like it's a totally normal thing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #10 from My Hoop-tober 2.0 Halloween Marathon.
(Spoilers for 1942’s Cat People as well as The Curse of the Cat People contained within.)
The problem with Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People (along with most other horror films) lies in its forced, obligatory conclusion. The film’s final act shifts Irena’s character from a position of audience identification to that of the monstrous “other,” and this shift causes her husband Oliver to abandon her, seek an annulment of their marriage, and realize that he loves his co-worker Alice (who is definitively “non-other” in every possible way). Irena is killed, swiftly resolving any potentially messy ideas of spousal abandonment, and Oliver and Alice are left to live happily ever after.
Except they don’t,…
Still no movies about Crab People
Did we need a sequel to Cat People? Probably not. Did we need a sequel to Cat People that has little at all to do with Cat People? Definitely not, and yet, here it is.
Sometime after the events of the first film, Oliver and Alice are happily married with a lovely daughter named Amy. Together they live in a nice suburban neighborhood, with a happy schoolteacher and a jolly live-in servant. However, on the eve of Amy's sixth birthday, Oliver begins to worry about her overactive imagination, could there be some link between Amy and his late wife Irena?
The answer is no, not really. Aside from the characters, the only thing that the two films share is a…
This film reminds me of The Bride of Frankenstein for many reasons.
1. The title is very misleading. There are absolutely no cat people in this film. (But it does happen after the events in the first film.)
2. It very well may surpass the original, and is what a good sequel is. It doesn't follow the story from the first movie so it isn't stuck in some form. It also stands all on its own.
3. The ladies are fierce as hell in both films.
It brings something new to the table, and looks at the psychology of a child, which is a pretty novel idea for the date of this film. I'm thankful that there really were no cat people because it would have taken away the well constructed characters in this film, so the same title is the only reason people paid attention.
I also enjoy that this was Robert Wise's first credited directing in a film.
An immediate re-watch so I can hear Greg Mank's commentary and get a little insight into this film which completely surprised me, both in how little it was like what I expected it to be, and in how much I enjoyed it anyway.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
Saw this with commentary, and for some reason it hit me emotionally much more, even though the plot and the dialogue was in the background. The ending made me tear up a little bit, and when the scholar started to tell what the original ending was, I was confused as to why they didn't use it, as I didn't remember the ending of this, and now watching it, I can understand, it's much more emotional and gives it the final push to be away from the horror genre, something that this movie should never be catalogued in.
Well, that was... different.
Cat People was the story of a woman whose sexuality turned her into a murderous animal. Curse Of The Cat People is a whimsically delicate story of a young girl whose imagination causes her to frequently internalize antisocial loneliness much to the chagrin of the parents struggling to raise her. Cat People coined the phrase "Lewton Bus" to describe a tension-releasing jump scare after featuring a chase sequence which ended with the heroine jumping as a city bus screeched into her path. Curse Of The Cat People features a sequence where a dejected young girl makes a wish to have friends and enters into a fantasy dance sequence amidst swirling leaves in an impossibly large enclosure…
Not just a cash-in sequel, in fact I liked this much more than the original in a lot of ways - from it's excellent portrayal of the creative misunderstood child (a theme that resonates with me on a personal level due to my work as a childcare worker) and it manages to be eerily creepy without relying on any overt portrayals of the supernatural.
This is a sequel to Cat People. The primary cast returns and they are- roughly- the same people. Some years have passed. Oliver and Alice are in the suburbs, married and have a young daughter, Amy, and this is her movie.
Curse is not a horror movie. Oh, the filmmaker's do suggest that it might be a horror movie with an occasional evil look, a spooky old house or a familiar casting, but this is a mostly gentle film about a child's imagination.
Also, men wore their pants so high in the '40's.
Ghost of Irena: Il est né, le divin Enfant. Sonez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes. Il est né, le divin Enfant. Chantons tous son avenement.
Miss Callahan: Children love to dream things up.
I love this film so much.
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