"Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the…
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…
Connected to the
Original by the cast.
Has good atmosphere.
Pretty good for a horror sequel. Title is a bit misleading.
There's an ethereal sadness that lends a real haunting quality to the horribly misnamed film (SEQUEL TO CAT PEOPLE would have been better).
Even less cat people!
Full review: trashcity.org/BLITZ/BLIT3050.HTM
Often overlooked, this may have been the victim of studio interference, and was certainly the victim of a misleading advertising campaign, aimed at making it seem like a horror movie. Which it isn't at all: indeed, even its status as a sequel to Jacques Tourneur's Cat People is doubtful. It's a far gentler movie, and almost entirely chaste, in sharp contrast to the original's repressed sexuality. I think credit is due here for going in such a thoroughly different direction for the sequel. This has an innocently charming, child-like vibe - but with occasional hints of menace. It's a shame this will always be in the shadow of its better-known parent, for there is plenty here to enjoy, on its own terms - providing you are definitely not expecting more of the same.
Did I see a different movie from the other reviewers here at IMDb? Is there no one else out there (except for my wife, who watched this with me) who thinks this movie sucks? I can't imagine how anyone who has seen the first marvelously creepy "Cat People" can be anything but bored into a stupor by this crappy follow up.
The movie doesn't even make any sense. The screenwriters made absolutely no effort to craft a plot with any coherence, or really one that has anything to do with the first film. Oh sure, the same actors are in this one, playing the same people, but there's no consistency in the characterization between the two films. There also happens…
The masters of mood... director Robert Wise and producer Val Lewton... painted a hauntingly pretty picture here. The Curse of the Cat People is a sort of sequel to Lewton's earlier Cat People.
This time, instead of the deep shadows and stylish horror of Cat People, we are treated to a dreamily shot, softly lit fantasy tale. Atmospheric, even a bit on the dark side at times, but mostly light, if rather melancholy.
A young girl, a day-dreamer and friendless, "conjures up" someone to play with. That someone is at once enchanting and a little spooky, if you really think about that someone's backstory. And of course, the kid's parents are in an uproar about her overly vivid imagination. Always…
Τα b-movies του Val Lewton είναι ένας θησαυρός.
Odd little film expertly directed by Robert Wise. The Curse of the Cat People is more drama than horror, and that is not a bad thing.
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