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Cat People

  R Closed Captioning

Paul Schrader

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Plot Summary

Nastassia Kinski stars as Irena, a beautiful young woman on the bridge of sexuality; she discovers love for the first time only to find that the explosive experience brings with it tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including her brother's (Malcolm McDowell) extraordinary demands – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. With a style as timeless as myth, Cat People is an erotic fantasy of the passion and terror that surround this girl's first love. Desire… passion… blood, her lust transforms her into one of the Cat People.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Kinski was essential to the film as conceived, and she's endlessly watchable. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Cat People is a good movie in an old tradition, a fantasy-horror film that takes itself just seriously enough to work, has just enough fun to be entertaining, [and] contains elements of intrinsic fascination in its magnificent black leopards. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Paul Schrader's hammering, art-porno remake of Jacques Tourneur's deft little thriller. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: In 1982, Paul Schrader seemed a very odd choice to remake Val Lewton's classic 1943 horror movie. The original was a model of restraint and subtlety and the remake, frankly, isn't. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

An Underrated Classic!

A supremely intelligent super-chic erotic horror fantasy, beautifully realized by director Paul Schrader and the masterful performances of Nastassja Kinski and the great Malcolm McDowell. A quality film that should not be forgotten!.


this is a really cool, and horrific film. extremely well put together, with a great plot, cast, and musical score. check it out!!

A Classic!

Such a great movie!! I remember watching this when I was a kid and being both scared and mesmerized at the same time. I bought the film before I had iTunes about a year ago and it still brings out the same feelings that it did when I was younger. Fantastic story, great acting, awesome soundtrack, and really great special effects! A must buy or rent!

Cat People
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1982

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