History FIlm / CatPeople

4th Nov '17 12:21:59 PM JulianLapostat
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Classic 1942 horror film produced by Creator/ValLewton concerning Irena, a Serbian woman living in America who believes that if she is ever kissed by a man, she will transform into a deadly panther. Her American co-workers try to persuade her otherwise, including a man who wants to marry her. [[spoiler: Turns out, she's right and they're wrong.]] Despite some wooden acting, a low budget and rather primitive special effects, Cat People remains an effectively spooky (if not quite scary) film to this day, largely because of director Jacques Tourneur's use of visual and psychological suggestion to encourage the audience to imagine what might be lurking in the shadows.

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Classic 1942 horror film produced by Creator/ValLewton concerning Irena, Creator/ValLewton, directed by Creator/JacquesTourneur.

Irena is
a Serbian woman living in America who believes that if she is ever kissed by a man, she will transform into a deadly panther. Her American co-workers try to persuade her otherwise, including a man who wants to marry her. [[spoiler: Turns out, she's right and they're wrong.]] Despite some wooden acting, a low budget and rather primitive special effects, Cat People remains an effectively spooky (if not quite scary) film to this day, largely because of director Jacques Tourneur's use of visual and psychological suggestion to encourage the audience to imagine what might be lurking in the shadows.
28th Oct '17 5:17:20 PM WillBGood
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* HumanToWerewolfFootprints: [[WereCat Werepanther]]-to-human footprints. The FootprintsOfMuck leading away from the site of the slaughtered sheep change from pawprints to tracks left by what are apparently [[MagicPants magic high-heeled shoes]].

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* HumanToWerewolfFootprints: [[WereCat Werepanther]]-to-human Werepanther-to-human footprints. The FootprintsOfMuck leading away from the site of the slaughtered sheep change from pawprints to tracks left by what are apparently [[MagicPants magic high-heeled shoes]].
2nd Aug '17 2:00:32 AM jormis29
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There was also a 1982 remake by Creator/PaulSchrader starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Nastassja Kinski; it was a great deal [[BloodierAndGorier bloodier]] and more [[HotterAndSexier salacious]] than the original, expanded the original's sketchy backstory into a proper origin story for the cat people, and generally preferred to show what the original merely suggested. It's also very... very... ''slooooow'' and it has Music/DavidBowie belt out a title track.

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There was also a 1982 remake by Creator/PaulSchrader starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Nastassja Kinski; Creator/NastassjaKinski; it was a great deal [[BloodierAndGorier bloodier]] and more [[HotterAndSexier salacious]] than the original, expanded the original's sketchy backstory into a proper origin story for the cat people, and generally preferred to show what the original merely suggested. It's also very... very... ''slooooow'' and it has Music/DavidBowie belt out a title track.
10th Jul '17 4:25:44 PM Trippetta
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Irena, by releasing the panther.]]
16th Jun '16 10:47:33 AM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[RussianReversal In this movie,]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun pussy eats you!]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[RussianReversal [[caption-width-right:300:[[RussianReversal In this movie,]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun pussy eats you!]]'']]
2nd Apr '16 10:43:38 PM JulianLapostat
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There was also a 1982 remake starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Nastassja Kinski; it was a great deal [[BloodierAndGorier bloodier]] and more [[HotterAndSexier salacious]] than the original, expanded the original's sketchy backstory into a proper origin story for the cat people, and generally preferred to show what the original merely suggested. It's also very... very... ''slooooow''.

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There was also a 1982 remake by Creator/PaulSchrader starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Nastassja Kinski; it was a great deal [[BloodierAndGorier bloodier]] and more [[HotterAndSexier salacious]] than the original, expanded the original's sketchy backstory into a proper origin story for the cat people, and generally preferred to show what the original merely suggested. It's also very... very... ''slooooow''.
''slooooow'' and it has Music/DavidBowie belt out a title track.
13th Jan '16 4:28:06 PM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* NothingIsScarier: One of the most famous examples is the "Lewton Bus" scene, in which Alice is shown looking over her shoulder, walking faster and faster as the camera zooms in on her terrified face, before we are startled by a hiss. Spoiler: It's actually the hydraulic brakes on a passing bus. This scene is still terrifying over 70 years later!
** The film also makes a great deal of implication rather than outright explaining things, leaving a lot to the imagination.
4th Jun '15 6:26:06 AM Vandegraff1
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* AssHoleVictim: [[spoiler: Dr. Judd.]]

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* AssHoleVictim: AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Dr. Judd.]]
18th Apr '15 9:00:39 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Early in the movie, Paul picks up a blonde in a cemetery, takes her to bed, and can't get it up. He breaks down in tears, crying that he was always afraid "it" would happen again; she comforts him that she knows how to take care of guys like him, and will make it better. And then "it" turns out to be, not failing to get it up, but turning into a black leopard and eating her.



* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Early in the movie, Paul picks up a blonde in a cemetery, takes her to bed, and can't get it up. He breaks down in tears, crying that he was always afraid "it" would happen again; she comforts him that she knows how to take care of guys like him, and will make it better. And then "it" turns out to be, not failing to get it up, but turning into a black leopard and eating her.
9th Mar '15 9:09:36 AM crazysamaritan
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* AlwaysNight: Much of the film is set at night, even the work scenes.



* [[AnimalsHateHim Animals Hate Her]]: The kitten Oliver buys for Irena hisses when she approaches it; when they go to the pet store to exchange it for a bird all the animals become agitated. Later, the bird dies of fright when Irena picks it up.
** Lampshaded by the pet store worker: "[[EvilDetectingDog Animals are ever so psychic]]. There are some people who just can't come in here."

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* [[AnimalsHateHim Animals Hate Her]]: AnimalsHateHer: The kitten Oliver buys for Irena hisses when she approaches it; when they go to the pet store to exchange it for a bird all the animals become agitated. Later, the bird dies of fright when Irena picks it up.
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up. Lampshaded by the pet store worker: "[[EvilDetectingDog Animals are ever so psychic]]. There are some people who just can't come in here."



* FilmNoir: A classic example featuring AlwaysNight, EmergingFromTheShadows and SmokingIsCool.

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* FilmNoir: A classic example featuring AlwaysNight, EmergingFromTheShadows and SmokingIsCool.
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