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The Black Cat (1981) More at IMDbPro »Gatto nero (original title)

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We all know director Lucio Fulci for his depraved nasties like New York Ripper, but if you're wondering why in France he's held in the same esteem as Hitchcock, then the deliciously eerie The Black Cat is a great place to start.
Inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe tale, this black cat is a malevolent moggy that stalks through a sleepy English town appearing to fulfil the murderous wishes of its owner, the sinister psychic medium Professor Miles (Patrick Magee in fine deranged form). What Professor Miles has not reckoned on is his cat turning him into the next mouse to slowly kill!

High on gothic atmospheric thanks to the moody cinematography of Sergio Salvati, this unusual Fulci tale of claustrophobic terror is a little seen gem that compares to the best output of the Hammer and Amicus studios.

THE BLACK CAT is released uncut on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film will be presented remastered in 1.85:1 with English 2.0 sound. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.


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Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 February 1984 (USA) See more »
When you heat this cat breathing down your neck...START PRAYING!!! See more »
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)... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patrick Magee ... Prof. Robert Miles

Mimsy Farmer ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucio Fulci ... Doctor (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Edgar Allan Poe  story
Biagio Proietti  screenplay
Biagio Proietti  story

Produced by
Giulio Sbarigia .... producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Franco Calabrese 
Art Direction by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Makeup Department
Maria Pia Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist
Rosario Prestopino .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Renato Angiolini .... production supervisor
Antonio Da Padova .... unit manager
Ennio Onorati .... production manager
Tommaso Pantano .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Del Bufalo .... assistant director
Roberto Giandalia .... second unit director
Victor Tourjansky .... assistant director
Art Department
Alfredo D'Angelo .... drapes
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Fernando Caso .... sound effects
Ugo Celani .... sound
Edmondo Gintili .... foley recordist
Eros Giustini .... boom operator
Alvaro Gramigna .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Paolo Ricci .... special effects
Nazzareno Cardinali .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ennio Brizzolari .... key grip
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Alfredo Fedeli .... gaffer
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... camera operator
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Gianfranco Massa .... still photographer: action stills
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mina Tacconi .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... first assistant editor
Pietro Tomassi .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Natale Massara .... conductor
Other crew
Alfredo D'Angelo .... tapestry
Pasquale Martino .... cat trainer
Daniela Tonti .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Gatto nero" - Italy (original title)
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92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The role of Professor Miles was intended for Donald Pleasence.See more »
Boom mic visible: 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 »
[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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Better than Gates of Hell, 3 August 2003

I thought this was rather good. I like Fuci for his ability to build

atmosphere rather than for gore and this film unlike for instance

City of The Living Dead had some narrative cohesion. Strong

actors also seem to help fulci...magee here and Richard

Johnstone in Zombie.

The scenes in the graveyard are the best. Sometimes a film that is

just a collage of eyegrabbing visuals can work well e.g The

Beyond....but sometimes its nice to have something approaching

either a story or an intellectual idea to back them up. Here the idea

of recording the dead and attempting to go rather well


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