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Cat Girl (1957)

 -  Horror  -  September 1957 (USA)
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A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

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Barbara Shelley ...
Leonora Johnson - née Brandt
Robert Ayres ...
Dr. Brian Marlowe
Kay Callard ...
Dorothy Marlowe
Ernest Milton ...
Edmund Brandt
Lily Kann ...
Anna (Brandts' housekeeper)
Jack May ...
Richard Johnson
Paddy Webster ...
Cathy (as Patricia Webster)
John Lee ...
Allan
Edward Harvey ...
Doorman
Martin Boddey ...
Cafferty
John Watson ...
Roberts
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A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

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To caress me is to tempt death!

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September 1957 (USA)  »

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The Cat Girl  »

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American International Pictures released this in a double feature with The Amazing Colossal Man (1957). See more »

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At Least They Tried Something Different
22 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cat Girl (1957)

** (out of 4)

AIP remake of Val Lewton's CAT PEOPLE has Leonora Johnson (Barbara Shelley) returning to her home place with two friends and her new husband. At the house her uncle informs her that the family is cursed by having the power of turning into a leopard and that she's next in line to get it. If you see the AIP icon pop up at the start of the movie and expect nothing more than dumbness with a bad monster outfit then you'd be partially right. This isn't a good movie but I tip my hat to the producer's for at least trying to do a psychological horror film instead of just a monster running around in a bad mask type of film. The first forty-minutes of the film are pretty dark as our main character battles her family and her unfaithful husband as she slowly starts to lose her mind thinking that she does have the power to turn into a killing machine. After the forty-minute mark we turn into some cheap AIP stuff, which includes a couple transformation sequences were we get to see the title character. The outfit is pretty un-scary but I must admit that I liked the look of it and found it rather cute, which was strange considering I don't like cats. The outfit and its small hands looking so cute is obviously one reason why I didn't find the thing scary. The biggest problem with the film is that they do try for the psychological stuff but fail pretty badly. There's really nothing creepy about the film and there's never really any scene that even makes you tense up. That's not good when you're watching a film like this but director Shaughnessy at least knows how to build some mild atmosphere by keeping the lights off and everything dark and moody. Shelley, who had yet to make a big name for herself in the genre, turns in a decent performance but the screenplay really doesn't do her much good. Robert Ayres, Kay Callard and Ernest Milton round out the cast but none of them exactly jump off the screen. The film, thanks to the title, is a reworking of CAT PEOPLE but I think it actually has a lot more in common with Lewton's THE LEOPARD MAN. There are even moments towards the end where the character is having a mental breakdown, which will make people think of the Larry Talbot character from Universal's THE WOLF MAN. Either way, this film isn't in any of their league so it's only recommended to those who must watch every horror film from this period.


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