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The Black Cat (1981)
"Gatto nero" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  10 February 1984 (USA)
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Robert Miles is a psychic that can communicate with the dead. He also has the ability to control the mind of his cat (who incidentally is black). He uses the cat to take vengeance upon his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Patrick Magee ...
Prof. Robert Miles
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Jill Trevers
David Warbeck ...
Inspector Gorley
Al Cliver ...
Sgt. Wilson
Dagmar Lassander ...
Lillian Grayson
Bruno Corazzari ...
Ferguson
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Inspector Flynn
Daniela Doria ...
Maureen Grayson
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Robert Miles is a psychic that can communicate with the dead. He also has the ability to control the mind of his cat (who incidentally is black). He uses the cat to take vengeance upon his enemies. A photographer who happen to be working for the local constables begins to notice cat scratches on some of the accident victims that are turning up. She pays a visit to Magee (kitty just happens to be present) and conveys her suspicions of the cat's involvement in some of the local deaths. Kitty doesn't like this at all, and it's his turn to control the mind of owner Magee to take it's vengeance out. Written by Humberto Amador

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Lucio Fulci has stated on numerous occasions that this film was actually directed as a favor to the producer. See more »

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As Ferguson throws a rock at the black cat during his drunken encounter with the feline in an alley, he misses. The next successive shot shows the rock hitting the cat as it scurries away. See more »

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[Sergeant Wilson sees Jill coming out of an underground crypt]
Sergeant Wilson: Miss, let me give you some advice, don't go down there anymore.
Jill Trevers: Why not?
Sergeant Wilson: My Grandad used to tell me when I was a lad that the dead like to be left alone. They're not very hospitable.
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Pretty good horror film from the Godfather of Gore.
7 March 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Psychic medium Professor Robert Miles is paid a visit by a young photographer named Jill Travers whom wishes to return a piece of the professor's equipment she has found in an underground tomb.Miles wastes no time in attempting to hypnotize the woman,but is interrupted by the pestering cat as it inflicts deep scratches into the man's hand.Jill responds with a hurried exit,and soon after meets Inspector Gorley who employs her as a crime-scene photographer in the investigation of a rash of fatal accidents that have recently befallen the sleepy village.She discovers cat-like scratches on one of the hand of one of the victims,and soon learns that a black cat has been present during all of the incidents.Curiosity leads the photographer back to Miles' estate,where she learns the history of the old man's estranged relationship with the black cat."The Black Cat" by Lucio Fulci is an atmospheric horror film that works despite its relative absence of graphic gore.The cast is pretty familiar for fans of Eurohorror including David Warbeck,Patrick Magee,Mimsy Farmer,Dagmar Lassander,Al Cliver and Daniela Doria to boost.The English setting provides plenty of creepy atmosphere and the photography by Sergio Salvati is excellent.Give it a look,if you are a fan of Lucio Fulci.7 out of 10.


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