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In this loose adaptation of the 1942 horror classic of the same name, a 2001-style opening montage establishes some sort of sacrificial, mystical union between panthers and an ancient tribe of humans. Flash forward to 1980's New Orleans, where waifish Irina (Natassja Kinski) meets her older brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell), a minister, for the first time since their animal trainer parents died and she was sent to a series of foster homes. Paul's Creole housekeeper, Female (Ruby Dee), helps Irina settle into her brother's home, but Paul himself disappears. Cut to a fleabag motel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Paul Schrader's hammering, art-porno remake of Jacques Tourneur's deft little thriller."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Cat People is a good movie in an old tradition, a fantasy-horror film that takes itself just seriously enough to work, has just enough fun to be entertaining, [and] contains elements of intrinsic fascination in its magnificent black leopards."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Blu-ray Review] A curious but always intriguing blend of erotic love story and animalistic, gore-drenched terror tale."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Paul Schrader's redo has its own share of chills."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Ludicrous or not, Cat People is gorgeous to behold, due mostly to cinematographer John Bailey's marvelous detailed rendering of New Orleans in autumn."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Kinski was essential to the film as conceived, and she's endlessly watchable."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An appropriately strange beast-part moody, sex-saturated art film, and part slick genre fare."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"A twisted, sexy horror classic."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"In 1982, Paul Schrader seemed a very odd choice to remake Val Lewton's classic 1943 horror movie. The original was a model of restraint and subtlety and the remake, frankly, isn't."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Sexy, scary and super cool."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The seductively exotic surface of this mythically underpinned fantasy might be offset for some by much graphic gore, but if you can buy the romantic metaphors for the primitivisms of sexual obsession, the film delivers down the line."
‑ , Time Out
"Barely a notch above "The Howling" movie series"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
" art-house experiment gone horribly wrong."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Schrader's rather misogynistic film is confused in its intentions."
‑ , Film4
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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