Wait, wait, this is not a marathon for cat lovers. This is for people who love vintage horror, panthers, David Bowie and kitsch. Cat People can not miss from your movie library. The first film is Cat People (1942), produced by Val Lewton, who saved the RKO studios from financial disaster. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has a sequel, our second choice, The curse of the cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch. Let me tell you that I’m literally scared of children in horror movies and this is one of them. There is almost entirely the cast of the first movie, but no cat people, only a curse from them.
At last, a remake. In 1982 the RKO decided to produce it again adding some eros and Giorgio Moroder and David Bowie touch. The new Cat People is directed by Paul Schrader; Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell are the main characters: eros and horror together. Do you remember McDowell’s face in Stanley Kubrick’s A clockwork orange? Well, it is not changed.
So this is the movie marathon I chose for you this week:
- Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur, with Simone Simon and Kent Smith
- The curse of cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch, with Simone Simon
- Cat People (1982), directed by Paul Schrader, with Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell
Tell me what you think about it!