Hollywood Gothique

Scaredy Cats: Cat People (1982)

I sort-of cat-blogged this movie last year, when it screened at the American Cinemathque, but in honor of its HD-DVD release, I’m giving it another go. Besides, I have a new image to present…

Above, we see Nastassia Kinski with her feline alter ego in Paul Scrader’s 1982 remake of the 1942 classic.

This is a film that I hotly anticipated before its release; unfortunately, it turned out to be a tremendous disappointment.

Inspite of that, Cinefantastique magazine gave it a rave review, stating that the film’s box office failure indicated tht horror audiences liked their movies simple-mind. I tried to offer up a belated corretive to this point of view, via a review of the HD-DVD that came out last year. The review posted this week at Cinefantastique Online; you can read it here.