The Curse of the Cat People
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Officially a sequel to Val Lewton's psychological-horror classic Cat People (1942), Curse of the Cat People is in fact an engrossing and oftimes charming fantasy, told from a child's point of view. Six-year-old Ann Carter plays Amy Reed, the lonely daughter of eternally preoccupied Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). Amy's vivid imagination and inability to get along with her schoolmates leads Oliver to worry that the girl will start exhibiting the psychopathic tendencies of his long-deceased first wife Irena (Simone Simon), the obsessive "Cat Woman" in the earlier film.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Made as sequel to the profitable Cat People, this is highly disappointing because it fails to measure up as a horrific opus."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It makes a rare departure from the ordinary run of horror films and emerges as an oddly touching study of the working of a sensitive child's mind."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Old-fashioned horror fantasy isn't too scary for tweens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lewton's masterpiece"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"One of the weakest movies from the Val Lawton unit. It's difficult to tell whether it's a horror film, a ghost story of just the imaginings of a sad, lonely, little girl."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Hardly a moment is wasted."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film that takes the business of childhood completely seriously and aligns itself to a child's perspective with absolute conviction."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of those movies that coheres more interestingly because of its own odd heterogeneities, largely because the brio and friskiness of the filmmaking remain fairly constant over the short 70 minutes, even as the idioms keep moving around."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This picture remains one of the most ethereal looks at childhood the cinema has produced."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Truly creepy, atomospheric classic directed by Robert Wise."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Far from being a horror film, it's a touching, perceptive and lyrical film about childhood, psychologically astute and occasionally disturbing as it focuses entirely on the child's-eye view of a sad, cruel world."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mysteries and meanings to curl around each other like creeping vines."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"A remarkably elusive picture, a producer-auteur's personal summarization, a gold mine for later fabulists"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"No curses or Cat People."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This rather silly follow-up to Cat People isn't so much unwatchable as it is merely unnecessary."
‑ Christopher Null,
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