Cat People (1942)
Tampa Theatre is presenting a lot of monster movies this year in our October series. And there are many different ways of being a monster. It’s not all vampires and body-snatchers and Frankenhookers; sometimes a person can get mad enough to turn monstrous.
Cat People, released in 1942, actually is sort of an original take on vampirism. A race of human-looking beings lives among us who can transform into predatory beasts through either anger or arousal. Just like vampires, they have ties to demonic influence and Balkan origins. The true innovation of Cat People, though, was trading visual horror for suspense; rather than showing the monsters, their violence and grotesquery is implied through reaction shots and psychological implication. It’s a tremendously influential film, and reads for modern audiences as much less campy than its contemporaries, which tended to be more graphic and thus more easily aged. Cat People is horror through the frame of film noir. Meow.
1942 / Not Rated / 1h 13m / Horror
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