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The Black Cat (1981)

Gatto nero (original title)
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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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Patrick Magee ...
Prof. Robert Miles
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Jill Trevers
David Warbeck ...
Inspector Gorley
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Sgt. Wilson
Dagmar Lassander ...
Lillian Grayson
Bruno Corazzari ...
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Geoffrey Copleston ...
Inspector Flynn
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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 Miles (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 Miles to take it's vengeance out. Written by Humberto Amador

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When you heat this cat breathing down your neck...START PRAYING!!! See more »

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The role of Professor Miles was intended for Donald Pleasence. 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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Maureen Grayson: The air conditioning is not working - please find the key - I'm frightened.
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Referenced in In the Paw-Prints of the Black Cat (2015) See more »

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Murderous Moggy Madness!
5 July 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, my all time favorite movie about a homicidal cat. The cat is the main masterpiece of this movie; it is personified beautifully, Lucio Fulci gives the cat it's own character which makes the whole piece very eerie indeed. The idea of having a cat, especially one that looks as evil as the one in this movie, doing the killing is different, fun and strangely, it works! The murders that the cat commits are inventive and imaginative and overall, this is a very decent movie, which deserves a lot more praise than it's getting.

Lucio Fulci has directed a few movies that have won high praise among horror fanatics; The Beyond and Zombie Flesh Eaters, most notably, but this movie easily deserves equal praise. Unlike the majority of Fulci's repertoire, The Black Cat is low gore and relies more on the Gothic and eerie atmosphere to deliver it's scares - and it works a treat. The film, based on a story by the master of Gothic horror, Edgar Allen Poe, is set in a quiet town in England and follows the story of Professor Robert Miles (Patrick Magee) that is able to control the mind of his cat in order to take out his vengeance on various people. One of the best things about this movie is the way that the relationship between man and cat is presented. We can almost feel the antagonism between the two characters, shown by the cat attacking Magee, and him saying that the cat will eventually kill him.

This movie features some sequences that are at the very top of horror cinema, most notably the very creepy and atmospheric sequence in which Magee attempts to strangle the malevolent animal. Lucio Fulci is able to direct this scene so it both believable and frightening. His direction throughout this movie is competent and throughout the movie, it is surprising that this is a movie by the same man that brought us the disgusting zombie gore-fests due to it's level of constraint.

Overall, The Black Cat is an excellent slice of horror cinema that is unfairly criticized and criminally overlooked. Fulci fans may not like it because of the lack of gore, but if you like creepy, atmospheric horror films, you will love The Black Cat.


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