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The Movie

The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to Leopards, who mated with them. Cat People look similar to humans, but must mate with other Cat People. The movie features a brother and sister, who may be the last of their kind ...

Directed by Paul Schrader


Nastassja Kinski as Irena Gallier
Malcolm McDowell as Paul Gallier
John Heard as Oliver Yates
Annette O'Toole as Alice Perrin
Ed Begley Jr as . Joe Creigh


No, this is not a vampire movie; but I feel it shares a lot with the early vampire films, including the sensuality aspects; much more than it shares with the lycanthrope genre.

This version was commissioned by Universal as a remake of the 1942 version; by the time it reached the screen, only one major scene remained from the earlier film. indeed, the director complains bitterly that if he'd only changed the title, he'd have avoided a load of pointless comparisons.

Kinski was perfect casting, there's no doubt about that. Looking virginal, beautiful, and fine actor, she made the character come alive - this is one of the few 'horror films' I've seen, where one of the protagonists is the one most frightened and unable to control events.

Malcolm McDowell shows menace as he tries to force her to continue the bloodline with him; once that threat recededs, there's the greater threat of falling in love and having to face the truth.

The director had a simple policy; lead the audience to expect sex, and give them blood - lead them to expect blood, and give them sex. It's clear that Kinski's unembarassed nudity has helped the movie to it's cult status, but the film has much more to offer, including its unexpected finale.


Released 27 August 2002
Studio: Universal Studios
Run Time: 119 minutes

Special Features

An Intimate Portrait by Paul Schrader
Feature Commentary with director Paul Schrader
On the Set with the Director
Special Make-Up Effects by Tom Burman
Matte Paintings
Filmmaker Robert Wise on the producer of the original Cat People, Val Lewton

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