Cat People
Cat People (1942)

A beautiful young fashion designer comes to believe that she is a Cat Woman, a descendant of a mysterious European tribe, who is able to transform into a vicious panther when threatened. This extremely eerie classic of the horror genre… More

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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.

Variety Staff
Variety

This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

First in the wondrous series of B movies in which Val Lewton elaborated his principle of horrors imagined rather than seen, with a superbly judged performance from Simon.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...a startling, psychosexual horror picture - especially for its time.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Ladies who have such temptations -- in straight horror pictures, at least -- should exercise their digits a bit more freely than does Simone Simon in this film.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Val Lewton's most brilliant and subtly sexual horror films ever made.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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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Jamie Russell
Total Film

It's psychological horror at its finest: timelessly terrifying and absolutely purr-fect.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I've always wanted to see this because I enjoyed the 1982 version of the same movie. I liked the '82 version more. This movie creates the setting… More
Michael Gildea
Cat People's strength lies not in its simplistic story but in Jacques Tourneur's fantastic direction and beautiful, beautiful use of shadows. So many… More
Devon Bott
Oliver meets Irena at the zoo drawing pictures of the black panther, and the two strike up a quick friendship. Back at her place, she explains she comes from a… More
Tim Salmons
Fantastic film.
AJ Verser
A great old horror movie with a story focusing around an ancient curse. I really liked it.
Anthony Lawrie
A Classic Val Lewton production directed by the master of shadows, Jacques Tourneur. The first of too few collaborations, this film probably being their best.… More