Paul Schrader, the director of American Gigolo, brought a similar kind of sexual chic to this explicit horror movie. A remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 Cat People, this version takes off from the same idea: that a woman (Nastassja Kinski), a member of a race of feline humans, will revert to her animalistic self when she has sex. Arriving to meet her brother (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans, she finds herself disturbed by his sexual presence. A zoo curator (John Heard) becomes fascinated by her, but he will discover that her kittenish ways are just the tip of the claw. Schrader dresses the story up in a stylish, glossy production, keyed on Kinski's green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty; it's hard to think of another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a cat walking on two legs. Luckily Kinski had a European attitude toward her body, because this film has plenty of poster-art nudity. There's also lots of gore and some wacky flashbacks to the ancient tribe of cat people, who hold rituals in an orange desert while Giorgio Moroder's music plays. Cat People doesn't really make all this come together, but it's always interesting to look at, and the dreadful mood lingers. --Robert Horton
Top Customer Reviews
Next in the midst of a great cast you notice Nastassja and wonder why you did not get the picture of her and the Python mounted over your fireplace. With her new eyes of green she almost overwhelms the story.
Malcolm is creepier than usual; the first time he hops up on all fours, you want to throw him a mouse. Among many other great performances he played H. G. Wells in [Time After Time (1979) ASIN: 6300271781]
The story plot follows the complicated lives of cat people as they cope with modern day Louisiana. Irena Gallier is coming of age and puberty hit her hard. She adds a new dimension to the term "running around."
You may want to watch the original movie; but do not waste you energy trying to compare them as they from two different eras and budgets.
You definitely want to see this film, as you may be a cat person and not know it.
In some respects the film is extremely, extremely frustrating, often sliding over the edge from a sexually provocative shocker into moments of annoying silliness-but on the whole it works extremely well as a both a sexual fantasy and the penultimate statement in gratuitous sex and violence. Kinski is ideally cast as the sexy but virginal Irena; you can literally see the "cat" side of her nature emerge more and more as the film progresses. McDowell is equally interesting as her mad brother, and John Heard, Annette O'Toole, and particularly Ruby Dee offer excellent performances in the supporting cast.Read more ›
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Characters and story is mysterious, romantic and the family origins. The actors and actresses played well in their role. Read morePublished 15 months ago by geeko30
Teetering on the border of silliness but manages to stay on the acceptable side by it's interesting overall quality.Published 20 months ago by nobody
This video is a from an older film, it should be a "cult-classic", and perfect for a Halloween night video...even though it's not Halloween themed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rikard de Caterick
Just one point.I own CAT PEOPLE on LD and DVD and I always thought it looked so awful that it was certainly shot on 16MM(which is not the case). Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2014 by RM300
once again I'm very happy about this purchase got it on the exact date but don't know yet if it works good but I would have to see t'ill after christmas the package is in good... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2013 by valerie pilon