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Paul Jensen

CAT PEOPLE (1942) 4 stars

This original Val Lewton production has Tourneur using his innovative low-budget technique. Plenty of shadows and atmosphere with the ‘less is more’ approach. It's no masterpiece but for '42, the subtext was very sexual and way ahead of its time. Creepy stuff. Schrader remade it later in the 80s with more gore and nudity. The original has more charm. (But the remake features a Bowie song!)

 

Genre: Horror
Director: Jacques Tourneur