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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 stresses psychology, atmosphere, and suspense over more explicit thrills.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"...a startling, psychosexual horror picture - especially for its time."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The scariest American horror movie of the 1940s."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Unpleasant film argues we should be afraid of people who are different."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Val Lewton's most brilliant and subtly sexual horror films ever made."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Tourneur splendidly visualizes immigrant dislocation and marital anxiety as spiritual states suspended between planes of light and shadow"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"In its complexity, it functions as a sharp, canny blueprint for the rest of Lewton's pictures."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It's psychological horror at its finest: timelessly terrifying and absolutely purr-fect."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Based on a deceptively simple story, this understated but scary horror film benefits from the collaboration of producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur and the touching performance from Simone Simon"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Magnificent."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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