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
There's something about this flick that makes it very engrossing. It has style and pizzazz. For instance, the flashback scenes of the ancient panther tribe doing rituals in an orange desert are surreal and captivating; the accompanying atmospheric music adds to the mood nicely.
Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell are siblings cursed to become were-panthers if sexually aroused. The only way they can become human again is to kill a fellow human. The idea is absurd and fantastical, but "Cat People" takes the subject absolutely seriously. John Heard plays a zoo manager who falls in love with Kinski and Annette O'Toole plays the third person in the romantic triangle.
The casting is great. Both Kinski and McDowell are properly cat-like. McDowell has a fittingly wierd and diabolic air about him. John Heard is fine and O'Toole is simply gorgeous.
If nudity offends you then you might want to skip this flick as many of the characters are shown totally nude or near nude.
Kinski is indeed quite attractive (be on the lookout for the scene of her fishing with Heard in hot pants and wader boots) but I'm a bit perplexed by Heard's decision to drop O'Toole for Kinski. Check it out and see if you share my confusion.
Keep in mind that this is without a doubt a horror flick and it can be pretty brutal at times. As a horror film, it definitely rates "5 stars;" but it will only be enjoyed by mature viewers with a touch of class, if you know what I mean (in other words, if you got excited over "Freddy V.S. Jason" you might want to skip this one).
Most recent customer reviews
Characters and story is mysterious, romantic and the family origins. The actors and actresses played well in their role. Read morePublished 12 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 17 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 20 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