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A Movie A Day: Quint on CAT PEOPLE (1942)
I like the dark. It’s friendly.

Published at: Aug. 30, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] Today we follow French beauty Simone Simon from THE DEVIL & DANIEL WEBSTER to the Jacques Tourneur directed Val Lewton produced CAT PEOPLE. My only experience with this story comes from my childhood viewing of Paul Schrader’s remake on cable. I haven’t revisted it since I was a kid, so I only have impressions of moments, some of the make-up and Natassja Kinski being hot. So I went into this pretty cold. The only other Val Lewton flick I had seen was I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, which I respect more than I enjoy. The filmmaking was top notch and the story was intriguing, but I’m just not a fan of the traditional voodoo zombie myth. I like my zombies in the Romero mold, dead and hungry, not dead and just standing around being dead.

Jacques Tourneur’s CAT PEOPLE was a lot more elegant than I expected and less on the exploitation side than I expected, which is never a bad thing, but it took me a little bit to get what I was watching. When I did, though, I completely sank into the world. I even went back and rewatched the first 30 minutes after the first go-through just so I could see the opening as it was, not what I expected. I’m actually really glad I did that because I picked up on a lot of fine details that didn’t register on the first viewing. Knowing the ending, I picked up on a lot of foreshadowing and subtle shadow work… and that really damn disturbing painting in Simon’s house that has three cats about to pounce on a little birdie. Basically you have the story of a Serbian girl who is haunted by the tales from her small village about evil cat people who live in the hills. Many decades ago a King rode through the town and vanquished a cult of devil worshippers, but some women apparently escaped to the hills surrounding the village, turning into panthers.

They myth goes that these women instantly turn into great cats when they kiss a man, killing their would be lovers. Since her father died in an accident when Simon was a young girl, the rest of the kids teased her about her mom being a witch, one of the cat people. Since then she’s moved to the States, but kept a distance from people, preferring be alone, convinced there’s a cat woman inside of her. In fact, the film opens with her sketching a panther in a zoo, meeting the man she will fall in love with, Oliver Reed… no, not THAT Oliver Reed... Kent Smith is the actor playing the character first name Oliver, last name Reed. She falls for him, even marries him, but will not even kiss him for fear that the feelings inside her are more than just the disturbed left-overs of a semi-traumatic childhood. The ambiguity is really what I didn’t expect, but what I really came to love about the movie. Of course there comes a moment in the middle of the second act where it’s not so ambiguous anymore… they don’t directly show a transformation, but seeing paw prints slowly turning into the tracks of someone wearing high-heeled shoes kinda clues you in to what’s really going on.

Simone Simon, who actually has a little bit of a kitty face, plays Irena with a scared innocence. You really feel for her. She’s not a monster and she’s terrified that she might have something horrible inside of her, deep down… crouching, coiled and waiting for her to let her guard down. It takes her husband, a boringly nice guy, falling out of love with her and into love with a co-worker played by Jane Randolph, to push Simon over the edge and unleash her inner beast, resulting in what I can only imagine is the most widely known and loved scene in the film: Randolph in a locker room about to take a dip when she hears a growl in the dark… so naturally, she dives into the pool, swims to the middle and paddles as the cat slinks around the edge, always hidden in darkness, only really represented by horrible pissed off and hungry growls and shadow. It’s a great scene, rivaled only by one other for me… I loved, loved, loved the wedding reception held in a traditional Serbian restaurant called The Belgrade where Kent Smith’s friends surround the happy couple. Simon is beaming… until an incredibly cat-faced woman, played by Elizabeth Russell, takes notice of Simon, drawn to her. She slinks over to the table and greets Simon, calling her sister in her native tongue before slipping on a fur and gracefully exiting the restaurant. Simon crosses herself and we see her face slump, the light go out in her eyes. She’s broken in this moment, losing every bit of confidence she had slowly earned over the course of her relationship.

There’s a strong group of character actors surrounding our three leads, including Jack Holt (whose square jawed good looks were the inspiration for the visage of Dick Tracy), Tom Conway as a psychiatrist with a little more than friendly interest in Simon and a young(er) Alan Napier, who most probably remember as Alfred from the ‘60s Batman TV show. They are all good, but the film really does rest squarely on the shoulders of Simone Simon, Jane Randolph and Kent Smith. Of those, I took to the women the most. Smith’s character actually is a bit of a dickhead, even though you know that’s the last thing he’d ever want to be, which somehow makes it worse to see him hurt Simon even if she did push him to his limits in their relationship. Final Thoughts: High on mood, atmosphere and a complex examination of physical relationships, CAT PEOPLE isn’t filled with prosthetics or high tech transformation scenes. We never see Simon turn and only see the great cat in two key sequences at the end, the rest of the time the suspense comes from the building tension and sound design just like it should. This is a very, very smart genre flick and one that’s still to this day very enjoyable to watch.

The schedule for the next 7 days is: Saturday, August 30th: CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944) Sunday, August 31st: THE 7TH VICTIM (1943) Monday, September 1st: THE GHOST SHIP (1943) Tuesday, September 2nd: ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) Wednesday, September 3rd: BEDLAM (1946) Thursday, September 4th: BLACK SABBATH (1964) Friday, September 5th: BLACK SUNDAY (1977) Simone Simon returns for tomorrow’s sequel THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, as do Kent Smith and Jane Randolph. After seeing the “sister” in the restaurant scene, I felt the world open up tremendously, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they tackle this next installment. See you folks tomorrow for that! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



Previous Movies: June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
August 19th: Dracula A.D. 1972
August 20th: The Stranglers of Bombay
August 21st: Man, Woman & Child
August 22nd: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
August 23rd: The Young Philadelphians
August 24th: The Rack
August 25th: Until They Sail
August 26th: Somebody Up There Likes Me
August 27th: The Set-Up
August 28th: The Devil & Daniel Webster

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  • Aug. 30, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Hmmm....

    by Ander

    Good movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    at this point

    by Chumkid

    I think you must be writing these just because you're too embarrassed to stop. I don't blame you of course, I always finish what I start. Although, I tend to only start things that are worthwhile.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    The Bad and the Beautiful

    by generasputinhole

    would make a great double feature with this- Kirk Douglas as a hollywood producer who gets his start directing films like the cat people series.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    "Horse People"

    by The Eskimo

    Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Phelps.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Isle of the Dead

    by JuanSanchez

    Is another good Val Lewton production, with Boris Karloff. I don't recall much of The Body Snatcher and I'm pretty sure I fell asleep during Bedlam. I've only seen parts of Curse of the Cat People, but I recall it being a very different movie. Kind of a "concept sequel".

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    neat thing about these Lewton's

    by aint_it_cruel?

    is seeing the same faces show up in supporting roles. He had a real rep company in these films. The cat faced woman will return! If Cat People wasn't what you expected, wait til you see Curse of...a real left turn from the first one. Leopard Man is one of the best of this series. Are you saving that one, or have you seen it already?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    The Eskimo

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Horse People indeed.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    SUCH a fun movie

    by ironic_name

    if you like wacky noir, watch it. <P> but the sequel is really shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    "Horse People"

    by ironic_name

    I remember that talkback

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    and in the remake we get lana lang/martha kent's catnips!

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Curse of the Cat People - not really a sequel

    by acamp

    Quint - Don't expect an actual sequel or you will be disappointed. As I understand it, the Cat People label was pretty much applied by the studio in order to cash in. Haven't actually watched "Curse" yet (I have the same DVD edition), but I hear it's pretty good on its own merits.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Jacques Tourneur, a master of film noir

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Glad to see this classic film reviewed. "Cat People" is a great film and made better, for me, by the mysterious Simone Simon. I wouldn't call the film pure genre horror, though, as much of the film's horror was more psychological. The same goes for Tourneur's "I Walked With a Zombie," for me, my favorite zombie film, as I hate the Romero-type zombie. It's a dark yet Hollywoodish psychological exploration of Voodoo traditions on a Caribbean island. The film to really check out, though, is Tourneur's "Out of the Past," starring Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, one of my favorite "film noir" films ever.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Curse of the Cat People-it really is a sequel

    by steely_dan

    Curse of the Cat People actually is a direct sequel to the original (the three main leads return), but it goes off in a direction you're not expecting it to go (the setting is more suburban, and a child is the main character). In a lot of ways it's creepier than the original. For what it's worth, I liked the second one just a little bit more than the first one.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Quint, I'm really enjoying your discovery of Tourneur

    by Neosamurai85

    The Leopard Man might be my favorite of his three with Lewton. Not because it is violent, but because it feels like all his skills from the prior two films come together in it. It's a great horror movie that goes a little too under appreciated in light of its older siblings.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The Body Snatcher...

    by Neosamurai85

    to me is the best example that, yes, Karloff CAN ACT. It's not that I don't see the nuances in Frankenstein and The Mummy among others, but for people that won't buy those performances, this is the film to sit them down to. In many ways I think it's his best. Highly recommend!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Just wanted to say this is a great feature, Quint.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Keep it up. This is what a movie geek site should be doing, and hopefully your reviews will get some of the younger ones among us to give "old" movies a shot. <p> When I managed video stores, I was amazed by the number of people who wouldn't watch a movie if it wasn't produced within their lifetime, and an even greater number who wouldn't watch black & white movies at all. I didn't (and still don't) understand why people would intentionally not watch classics like "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Harvey", "Citizen Kane", "12 Angry Men", "The Great Dictator", "The General", "Nosferatu", "The Last Man on Earth" or "Duck Soup" (among many, many others) just because of the technology used to film these movies, or the decade in which they were filmed. I still get into debates with people about the Netflix "Watch Now" selection, because there are a lot of great classics in there, but a lot of people say, "There's nothing in it so it's not worth the effort!" -- Well, no, you won't find "No Country for Old Men" in the Watch Now selection, but you *will* find "Network" or "High Plains Drifter", or "Let's Make Love". There's a lot to watch in there if you like MOVIES.<p> So like I said: Keep it up. Remind the younger members of the filmgoing community that there's a wealth of great movies out there, and that anything from the "Classics" shelf is going to be better than wasting your money on "Epic Movie".

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Quint, check the special features

    by Jonah Echo

    There are some great interviews with Simone Simon on the disc. Shes much later in life at that point, but it's cool to hear her talk. Check them out. Some great commentary as well. <P> Don't forget that great chase scene in the dark streets,w here if you listen carefully you can hear the high heels turn into the padding of cat. <P.> Looking forward to see what you think of the sequel.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I vaguely remember watching this movie on AMC.

    by rbatty024

    I don't remember much though, so I'll have to check it out again. I think I had the same reaction that Quint had. I expected more of a sensationalist film instead of a classy horror-thriller. <p> I am also shocked at the number of people who refuse to watch films in black and white. I actually prefer the look of black and white to color. It creates some wonderful atmosphere.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    wtf was her accent in this

    by lex romero

    seriously, it was like serbian by way of Borat. Anyway, i thought the film was a bit rubbish really. There was some nice atmosphere and well directed scenes. But for the most part the whole thing was one of those unintentionally funny films, its aged terribly.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Just wait until Isle of the Dead

    by macheesmo3

    Really great film and IMO Lewton's best . Creepy , dark mood throughout and Karloff!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    These talkbacks prove what I love about Lewton..

    by the beef

    Everyone has their favorite of his films. Personally, THE BODY SNATCHER is mine, and someone mentioned it before having Karloff's best performance which I fully agree on. I think had the film been watched more Karloff's character would be considered amongst the best villians in cinema history. Actually, I didn't even see THE BODY SNATCHER on Quint's list to be viewed...WHY!!!!!?????? It must be seen!!!!!! Is he planning to connect it as part of a different thread? Robert Wise maybe?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Oh, & 7TH VICTIM

    by the beef

    Has the best ending to a film. Ever.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    CAT PEOPLE remake

    by caruso_stalker217

    The only part I saw was the pool scene. <p>Annette's O'Tooles, as it were.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I watched this again last night

    by Geekgasm

    in anticipation of the talkback, because I'm just that nerdy. There's an elegance of all of Lewton's films, with this one perhaps being the best known (although "I Walked with a Zombie" is still the best in my opinion). THere's a lot to impress about "Cat People". The performances are generally excellent and surprisingly naturalistic for a film of the genre and from the era. Simone Simon really conveys a lot: innocence, fear, dread, hopelessness, anger, menace, all pretty seamlessly. And the scene in the restaurant with Elizabeth Russell is absolutely my favorite scene in the movie, too. In some ways its the turning point of the picture, and its somehow sexy, creepy, sad and intruiging all at once. I was surprised by how much sexual undercurrent there is in the film. While it isn't totally overt, its not particularly subtle either, and as with a lot of horror, sex and death are closely tied together. Irena fears to consumate her marriage with her husband for fear of killing him, but when she thinks her territory is being encroached upon by her husband's friend Alice, she's willing to stalk her rival to an end we're not quite sure of. I'm surprised Quint didn't mention the scene that gave rise to the expression "the Lewton bus", which is a very effective jump scare even 60 years later and every bit as good as (if not better than) the pool scene. A couple of other brief comments - Tom Conway is great here as the lascivious Dr. Judd, a role he plays again in "The 7th Victim". He, as well as Elizabeth Russell, are part of a small group of actors who turn up in multiple Lewton films. They're both so effective here, and in pretty small roles, that its no wonder they turn up again. And I also want to mentioned Roy Webb's score for the picture, with that great little "Do Baby Do" piece that is used so elastically to convey the romance, sadness, and menace that runs through "Cat People". Just be prepared for a sequel that is *very* different but very beautiful.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Glad you liked it Quint

    by MGTHEDJ

    I too love the cafe scene. And the lighting in this film is amazing. The street scene, with high heels turning to paws, has those very dark shadows and should be watched by anyone working on a lighting crew on a movie set.<p>Simone is just a total babe as well. According to a biography special, she is the real life inspiration of The Bond Girl.-----later-----m

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    And about the money

    by Geekgasm

    "Cat People" was hugely successful for RKO, which was heavily in debt at the time. Its success is often credited for saving the studio and for also giving Lewton the freedom to make the next few pictures without much in the way of studio interference - which is how you get a really different sequel like "Curse of the Cat People".

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Chumkid

    by Toonol

    Buddy, I'm sure you know by now how wrong you are. Your weird hatred of this column is ridiculed every time you post. Why continue? Is inane and worthless criticism one of the 'worthwhile things you never stop'?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    A good flick

    by Trazadone

    Cat People is a lot of fun. Like film noirs of the 40s, a little goes a long way. Shadows have great meaning (e.g., simulating cage bars in Irena’s apartment), and what’s left to our imagination is much more powerful than anything the director could’ve shown us onscreen. With its moody setting and simple premise, this is an engaging mystery that keeps you guessing until the last frame of the film.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The sequel is not crap

    by Jinxo

    The sequel is actually one of my favorite films. It is true it is a sequel in only the most base ways: it follows the characters but really goes off in its own way in terms of the plot. But I love the story it tells. I also love that Val Lewton made it the film it is. The studio wanted him to make a rehash-the-plot-of-the-last-film style followup and really tried to make him make that film and he just said, "Sorry, this is the film I want to make and I'm making it." Balls, pure balls.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Chumkid walks into AT&T store...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    "God why do you guys bother. Really, it is just embarrasing. I don't have AT&T service, I am never going to have AT&T service so why do you continue this pathetic attempt to run a business. I have Verizon. God you people are fucking stupid."

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by AmericanMic

    As I have never seen this film, I have to ask, how does it compare to the Paul Schrader remake?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    nm missed that first paragraph somehow

    by AmericanMic

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Cat People thoughts

    by psychedelic

    The psychological and emotional depths Cat People explores is remarkable. Very few horror films reach such heights of layered storytelling. The nuances of love, both the good and dark things that attract us to people, are given fair share. It’s more honest than 90% of other movies from Hollywood. Jacques Tourneur has been a favorite director of mine for a while. Nightfall is a criminally overlooked film noir he did, not even on DVD, which very well might have inspired the Coens with Fargo. Surprisingly, his often expressionistic direction is somewhat restrained in Cat People though certainly evident in several scenes. Shadows are as much of a character as anything else. But performances seem to be the main focus. Simone Simon is the film’s rock displaying vulnerability, genuine good intentions, fear of what’s in her, and sly menace when needed. DeWitt Bodeen’s script is a virtue of selected economy. Though Kent Smith is effective, he comes across as too decent and honorable to be three-dimensional. I wondered if he’d had career in daytime soaps in the 50s, but the only resemblance was 35 episodes of Peyton Place in the 60s. The metaphorical fear of sexuality—the cat ready to spring in all of us— is obvious but the aforementioned emotional nuance makes up for any clanging allegory. Cat People lives up to its reputation; I believe it’s a favorite of Scorsese’s. I was not disappointed.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I agree with psychedelic

    by Continentalop

    That "Nightfall" is criminally overlooked. I would also add his other masterpiece, "Night of the Demon", as one that is waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation. On a side note, add my vote to those already asking for Quint to see "The Leopard Man". In my humble opinion, the best of the Val Lewton productions.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Curse of the Cat People - not really a sequel (revised)

    by acamp

    Okay, just watched. It IS a sequel, just barely. It's a Cat People sequel without Cat People. Almost as if they had some other script lying around and doctored it to serve as a sequel (but I don't think they did). Not bad taken on its own terms. Robert Wise's first film, apparently!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Don't forget The Leopard Man, Quint!

    by Lazarus Long

    It's arguably the best of the Tourneur-Lewton collaborations, and since you're working your way through the Lewton boxed set it would be a shame to skip it. A hell of a lot better than Ghost Ship, Isle of the Dead, or Bedlam, that's for sure.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Night of the Demon

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Agree Night of the Demon is wonderful. My favourite Jacques tourneur film. Just make sure you watch the longer UK version, it's better than the truncated US version.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Night of the Demon

    by Geekgasm

    I just saw that a few months ago and, wow, what a great movie. How did I miss that for so many years?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I love AMAD on weekends because

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's always in the top ten as everyone else is out having a life. But seriously, if it brings notice to older more obscure films I'm all for it.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Soylent Mean, I have a buddy who hasn't

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    seen Green because he knows the ending. I keep telling him he has to see it anyway because of the superb story and acting by the late great Heston.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Edward G. Robinson

    by psychedelic

    Soylent Green has his last performance and it's a good one too.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Yes Eward G as Sol

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I think they actually spelled it that way. I read Charlton Heston's bio. He talked a lot about this movie. Edward G died just a few days after filming I believe. He had heart problems, and Heston speculated he knew not only this would be his last film, but that the end was near, and loved every minute of being on the set one lst time.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Edward G, stupid non-editing typos

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Doon't Worrry

    by psychedelic

    I mak typoss alll tge tyme.

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Outraged? Go cut the grass or something useful like that. Quit being a baby.

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Goofy.

    by batzilla

    This "movie a day" thing sure is lame. Seems like a colossal waste of time to me. What's up with this whole "attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge" thing? How does watching a bunch of shitty movies going to do this? What did you learn about "film" by watching "Cat People"?<p>Please don't turn into another Harry. We don't need another Harry. Have you noticed any weight gain since this whole "Movie a day" project started?<p>Oh well, if you want to throw away hundreds of hours by watching movies then go ahead but there sure are a lot of other things you could be doing that would be FAR more productive than this. Go and take a course on film making or something. Learn how to speak ebonics.

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by Toonol

    The Scriptgirl talkback is shut down because some talkbackers are stupid and rude, and the people that run the site eventually reach their limit. It's their right; it might even make for a better site.

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Why can't they make movies like this today!?!

    by MaxTheSilent

    Val Lewton should be held up at the example against modern 'suspense' (i.e. people taking a REALLY long time to walk down a corridor). Lewton's films were about character, mood and holding back as much as possible. Love it!

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    CURSE OF THE DEMON,

    by thegreatwhatzit

    in my humble opinion, is the BEST horror film ever made. Credit the direction of Jacques Tourneur and Charles Bennett's flawless screenplay (sample the Snakes and Ladders game, i.e. "Funny thing, I always preferred sliding down the snakes to climbing up the ladders. You're a doctor of psychology, you ought to know the answer to that."/"Maybe you're a good loser."/"I'm not, you know. Not a bit."). One of the crowning achievements is Niall MacGinnis' performance as Karswell (a very grey villain, i.e. a devil worshipper with an Oedipal complex). Batzilla, "shitty movies?" One of the purposes of this thread is challenging today's extravagant budgets, i.e. invoking a period when shadows, rendered by a creative director, were demonstratively more functional than today's CGI. I have no doubt that you would prefer TRANSFORMERS or Troma's amateur platitudes. There's no point in trying to exorcise this sort of ignorance. Let's just say that it's your loss.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Kinski... Sackhoff...

    by Clavain

    I would love to see another remake of this... Malcolm McDowell and Kinski were great in that remake and with all the reboots around Hollywood these days... why not? I dont know if they can top the Bowie soundtrack but they can try... and why not throw some money into another film set in New Orleans? They just need to get Katie Sackhoff to play the lead female role... she's got the perfect bone structure in her face with those high cheekbones and beautiful wide eyes... she would be perfect!