Cat People
Cat People (1982)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 2, 1982
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Paul Schrader's hammering, art-porno remake of Jacques Tourneur's deft little thriller.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

An appropriately strange beast-part moody, sex-saturated art film, and part slick genre fare.

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Variety Staff

Kinski was essential to the film as conceived, and she's endlessly watchable.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Cat People does manage to exhibit a few moments of genius filmmaking with an intoxicating and almost dreamlike atmosphere that ultimately makes it a memorable- albeit uneven- exploration of obsession, repressed sexual desires and death.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Barely a notch above "The Howling" movie series

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Time Out

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.

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Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

It almost feels like an artist mythologising his own hang-ups through the framework of fantasy fiction.

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Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] A curious but always intriguing blend of erotic love story and animalistic, gore-drenched terror tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Most of Paul Schrader's films have contained elements of psychological terror before but he has only attempted unadulterated horror B-movies twice in his… More
Kevin M. Williams
Schrader delivers a sexually charged yet lanquid piece about a young woman who reconnects with her long lost brother only to discover an interesting and ancient… More
Bruce Bruce
This one must have been with TV viewer in mind. Bring Back The Black & White films, cause this one sucked, 2 stars 2-7-13
Ken Stachnik
Entertaining, fun and full of nudity. Not as good as the original, but still worth a watch.
Mark Hobin
There's a fine line between sensual and tawdry and this erotic thriller does cross that edge a couple times. That may be two times too many for some… More
Lee ?
Not seen the original so can't really compare the two, but I imagine it's a million miles away content wise with this remakes' abundance of… More