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The Black Cat (1981)

Black Cat (Gatto nero) (original title)
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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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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Dagmar Lassander was almost killed filming the fire scene when a breakaway wall fell on her. See more »

Goofs

When Lillian goes in her bedroom with her boyfriend, you can see the reflection of the boom mic in the mirror on the wardrobe door. 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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silly, yet not all that bad
10 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The plot of "The Black Cat" is a real doozy that might have you biting your tongue: creepy old medium Patrick Macnee (who's really overdoing the quivering monotone thing here) supposedly has a psychic link with a black cat, who he orders to kill the residents of a small village. Fulci does well with the flamboyant material, and keeps piling on the gore, atmosphere, and dark sets with gusto. For the most part, the cast (including Euro-vets Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck, and Al Cliver) doesn't take the material any more seriously than they have to, resulting in some unintentional (but welcome) comic relief. Granted, this isn't "House by the Cemetery"-caliber, but it's not bad, either. 3 out of 5 stars.


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