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Year
1942
Runtime
73 min.
Director
Jacques Tourneur
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
11,617
Checks
6,162
Favs
398
Dislikes
37
Favs/checks
6.5% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    While Universal Monsters had the money for elaborate make-up, Transylvanian sets, and cutting-edge effects, RKO put producer Val Lewton on a strict budgetary diet and told him to churn out competing movies based on provided titles alone. The first of these set the tone. Cat People is a psychological, atmospheric, supernatural thriller where the scares are provided by fleeting shadows, sound design, and the audience's own imagination. In short, it's more effective (and less likely to get outdated) horror at a fraction of the cost, with a definite Hitchcockian flavor. It's the story of a Serbian woman who feels out of place in America until she finds a man she loves. Only, not even then. Haunted by childhood folk stories of cat people, she fears she may be one of them on account of her strange effect on animals, and her deep ennui even in a loving marriage. Played as a romance/drama, the horror hits home in the third act, once we have a handle on every character's personal stakes. This is how you make a horror film on a shoestring budget - you make the budget not matter to the story as told. 6 years 8 months ago
  2. MikeyLou's avatar

    MikeyLou

    Absolutely loved it.

    Such a shame the 'Lewton bus' ended up being the most horrifically over- and misused narrative mechanism in horror films.
    13 years ago
  3. Hippiemans's avatar

    Hippiemans

    Cinematographic masterpiece! Brilliant use of shadows, especially in the pool scene. 9 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #26 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  2. This movie ranks #29 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  3. This movie ranks #63 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
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  4. This movie ranks #97 in iCheckMovies's 1940s Top 100
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  5. This movie ranks #109 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  6. This movie ranks #150 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  7. This movie ranks #157 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  8. This movie ranks #158 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  9. This movie ranks #213 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  10. This movie ranks #262 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  11. This movie ranks #295 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  12. This movie ranks #468 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  13. This movie ranks #574 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  14. This movie ranks #852 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  15. This movie ranks #992 in The Criterion Collection
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