14 user 19 critic

Cat Girl (1957)

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



(original screenplay)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

Director: John Gilling
Stars: André Morell, Barbara Shelley, William Lucas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A forest ranger is haunted by the disappearance of his four-year-old daughter, and the subsequent breakup of his marriage. He discovers his ex-wife Ana is pregnant to the policeman in charge of his missing daughter's case.

Director: Simone Horrocks
Stars: Dan Broad, Paul Gittins, Vicky Haughton
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The deputy manager of a London bank has worked out a way to rob the branch of £200,000. When he becomes involved with the attractive Lady Dorset he decides to go ahead with his plan. He ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Ursula Andress, Stanley Baker, David Warner
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

About a gang of dope peddlers who sail out to meet a Cuban boat. The trouble starts when they are forced to throw their narcotics overboard and are seen by a young couple.

Director: William Grefé
Stars: Jeremy Slate, Steve Alaimo, John Davis Chandler
Nightmare (1964)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This tale is about a decapitating swordswoman who will let nothing stand in her way when she falls in love with a bandit's son. Chiao Chiao, made famous in One-Armed Swordsman, is the girl ... See full summary »

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong
Stars: Chiao Chiao, Liang Chen, Hsieh Wang
The Fox (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Keir Dullea, Sandy Dennis, Anne Heywood
Machibuse (1970)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli
Sedmaya pulya (1973)
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ali Khamraev
Stars: Dilorom Kambarova, Suymenkul Chokmorov, Bolot Beyshenaliev
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Old aunt Alejandra goes to live with a Mexican middle-class family; she's bitter and the children tease her and make her life miserable, but the old woman is truly a witch, and takes revenge.

Director: Arturo Ripstein
Stars: Diana Bracho, Isabela Corona, Manuel Ojeda


Cast overview:
Leonora Johnson - née Brandt
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)
Edward Harvey ...
John Watson ...


A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


To caress me is to tempt death!




Unrated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cat Girl  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First film of John Lee. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Decent if still enjoyable effort
21 October 2016 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Traveling to a family members' house, a woman finds that her family curse has passed onto her where she will transform and become a cat- like creature and tries to protect her friends there to help her from the now-murderous creature prowling the area.

This one wasn't too terrible of a Gothic horror effort. What really works here is the fact that there's a solid amount of work delivered here from the curse which is pretty explicitly told and given plenty of reign across the film. Starting from the expository scene where he goes into detail about the concept of the legacy affecting the family and how it will become a part of her that works all the traditional Gothic tropes of the unsuspecting falling victim to the wrongs committed by the past, this one really gets quite a decent amount of mileage out of this setup which is what gives this some great points to work with. The additional configuration of the curse into a typical werewolf storyline but transplanting the creature in every other mindset into that of the titular leopard cat makes for a further great plot-point here telling this type of story while making for the great scenes of transformation occurring as she comes into the change through these rather fun scenes. As well, the film's biggest plus here is that it gets away from the grand Victorian mansion and into the city for the finale which is fun enough with the rather tense stalking scene in the city street as well as the big finish where the encounter with the turned animal hunting her in the darkened alleyways before the startling manner of finishing it off gives this a strong scene to close out on. For the most part these here are what really hold this one up over it's somewhat minor flaws. The biggest issue is the rather overt and obvious threadbare plot that simply generates nothing but the same scene over and over again of her being worried about what's going to happen to her and letting these fears onto others yet nothing else is ever done about them. That is repeated so frequently throughout here that it really manages to throw the film into a rather familiar pattern quite easily as once again playing up the influences of the werewolf genre by telling of the reluctant participant once again going for the majority of the film that really makes for quite a familiar route here that exposes this factor. As well, the other big issue with the film is that it's barely hour-long running length doesn't really leave it with a whole lot of time to get this going and it really just rushes by so quickly that it just enhances the overall cheapness of the film as a whole. Otherwise there's not a whole lot really wrong here.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: