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

R  |   |  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 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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The role of Professor Miles was intended for Donald Pleasence. See more »

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During one of the later scenes when the cat is terrorizing Jill you can see a crew member's hands holding onto the cat. 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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Surprisingly good.. my favorite Fulci so far
2 May 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was a good version of the Poe story. Not quite as bloody as Fulci's other flicks, and it didn't really need to be. It tells its tale of a man who records the dead conversing (!) while his cat commits murders convincingly, and the way they present the cat as the master over the man is very fetching. The only problem with this movie-- (shudder) the EYEBALL CAM!! Wayyyy too many close-ups of a man's eyes (pause for 3-5 seconds), then to the cat's eyes (pause another 3-5 seconds) and repeat ad nauseum.

Arrrgh!!! But if you can put up with that here and there, you'll be pleased with Fulci's best offering (in my opinion).


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