Horror Movies for October #3

Jacques Tourneur‘s 1942 classic “Cat People” now famously produced by Val Lewton (Thank you Martin Scorsese). The themes were a bit bold for a movie in the heart of the code days, with lovely lead  Simone Simon playing a woman who turns into a black panther that devours her mate when sexually aroused. Shot on a tight budget with cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, they used the shadows and darkness to create an amazing amount of tension and scares. So much so that the stalking scene is listed as one of Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. A lesson in restraint for all filmmakers. The team of Tourneur/Musuraca not only helped redefine horror movies, but they did the same for Noir when they would team up again for the brilliant “Out of the Past“.


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One Response to Horror Movies for October #3

  1. guybenoit says:

    I’m a huge fan of the Tourneur/Lewton combo. For some other brilliant Jacques Tourneur flicks, be sure to check out “Out Of The Past” and “Night Of The Demon.”

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