Cat People (1982) Movie Review

Cat People (1982) Poster

Cat People (1982)

1982 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
118 minutes / 1h 58min

[ Movie Page: Cat People (1982) ]
[ Trailer ][ Full Poster ]

Cat People Plot Synopsis:

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 before they transform into panthers. Irene Gallier was raised by adoptive parents and meets her older brother Paul for the first time since childhood. We follow brother and sister - who seem to be the only ones of their kind left.

Cat People (1982) Review

Cat People (1982) is an American romance drama horror movie. This fantasy thriller movie was filmed in various locations in Louisiana and California. Director Paul Schrader (Affliction (1997), American Gigolo (1980), Raging Bull (1980)) did a great job executing this romance thriller movie. Cat People contains visible nudity from all angles, sexual content/references, violence, gore, bad language and some very disturbing and frightening scenes.

Cat People is about Irena Gallier (Nastassja Kinski - Savior (1998), Tess (1979), Paris, Texas (1984)) meeting her brother in New Orleans for the first time after their parents died. Irena was sent to many foster homes until she was at the age. Her brother Paul (Malcolm McDowell - Halloween (2007), The Artist (2011), A Clockwork Orange (1971)) is a minister that has been looking for his sister and sent for her when he found her location. Paul disappears from his home while his Creole housekeeper Female (Ruby Dee - American Gangster (2007), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991)) shows Irena her bedroom and around the house. Irena soon learns of her family werecat ancestry and their fate after an incident with her brother and the law. Paul waits for a prostitute at a hotel room and kills her while he was in the form of a black panther. Zoologists Alice Perrin (Annette O’Toole), Oliver Yates and Joe Creigh captures Paul while still in the form of a black panther with the help of police and took him to the zoo.

Irena had a strange feeling overwhelming her and soon went to the zoo. She made friends with Oliver (John Heard - Home Alone (1990), Awakenings (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)) and talks him into giving her a job at the zoo’s gift shop after having emotions toward the new black panther. The panther rips off Joe’s (Ed Begley Jr. - This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Pineapple Express (2008), Recount (2008)) arm and escapes from the zoo. The movie takes a turn when Paul tells his sister that their parents were siblings, and they had to have a sexual relationship with each other. A werecat has to be sexually intimate with another werecat if they do not want to transform into a werecat. A werecat will turn into a panther when it has intercourse with a human, and it can only turn into a human if it kills a human. Irena becomes afraid of Paul and runs away into the arms of Oliver and is afraid of having an intimate relationship with him. As always -watch the movie to see the middle and ending!!!!

This movie is definitely a must see for horror fans who love a good love story with fantasy and thrills mixed in. I advise seeing this movie on DVD because it is drastically cut down on tv. The visual effects, lighting, cinematography, sets and colors of this movie was purely amazing for something that was done in 1982. The story was surreal, and the music went well with the movie. The actors did a great job with their parts.

  • Cat People Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.46
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.2

About Cat People 1982

Title: Cat People
Year: 1982
Runtime: 118 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.23/5 stars from 16,772 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16,772
MPAA Rating: R
Cat People Cast Starring: Ray Wise, Frankie Faison, John Larroquette, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Marco St. John, Scott Paulin, Lynn Lowry, Stocker Fontelieu, Annette O'Toole, James Deeth, David Blackwell, Ed Begley Jr., Ruby Dee, Ron Diamond, Roger E. Reid, Tessa Richarde, Charles Joseph Konya Jr., Patricia Perkins, Berry Berenson, Brett Alexander, Emery Hollier, Fausto Barajas, Gregory Gatto, Jo Ann Dearing, John H. Fields, Terc Martinez, Stephen Marshal, David Ross McCarty, Robert Pavlovich
Cat People Writers: DeWitt Bodeen, Alan Ormsby, Paul Schrader
Cat People Director: Paul Schrader
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA