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The Black Cat -- "IT PURRS, IT STALKS, IT KILLS!

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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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 February 1984 (USA) See more »
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When you heat this cat breathing down your neck...START PRAYING!!! See more »
Plot:
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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Indie Spotlight
 (From DailyDead. 1 December 2013, 10:08 AM, PST)

Chicago’s Terror in the Aisles closes November with Argento and Fulci in 35Mm
 (From Fangoria. 27 November 2013, 11:09 AM, PST)

Five Essential... Films of Lucio Fulci
 (From Flickeringmyth. 19 March 2011, 2:16 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Dagmar Lassander was almost killed filming the fire scene when a breakaway wall fell on her.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The cat came back, the very next day..., 4 May 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This is an engaging, interesting Lucio Fulci film that tends to get overlooked a little as it was made during the period where he was mostly making very gory horror films. It's a supernatural thriller made with more restraint on Fulcis' part than usual (not that there isn't any gore; there's still some nice gruesome bits to enjoy). It's full of familiar faces and is filmed on a variety of real English locations and sets.

Set in England, it's "freely adapted" from the Edgar Allan Poe tale, as it tells of mysterious deaths occurring in a small country village populated by people such as snooping photographer Jill Trevers (Mimsy Farmer) and Professor Robert Miles (old pro Patrick Magee, in one of his final roles), a crotchety old man attempting to communicate with the dead. As Jill and the intrepid Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, also of Fulcis' "The Beyond") work the clues, she can't help but notice the cat scratches left on more than one victim. Could a demonic little feline really be the culprit?

Beautiful cinematography (by Sergio Salvati), extremely impressive camera-work (by Franco Bruni and Roberto Forges Davanzati), wonderful music by the prolific Pino Donaggio, and a pervasive, weird atmosphere are all assets of this well told, reasonably absorbing mystery. It's certainly fun to watch the cast in this thing. Warbeck is a delight as the cop, Mimsy is very sincere in her performance, Magee is excellent as always, and Fulci regular Al Cliver ("Zombi 2", "The Beyond"), sexy Dagmar Lassander ("The House by the Cemetery"), and the lovely Daniela Doria (recipient of a lot of abuse in Fulci films) round out the cast.

"The Black Cat" is entertaining stuff that finds its director in fine form, always keeping his audience on edge. He does go for the close-up (of human and feline eyes) an awful lot, but this doesn't distract too much from the various spooky goings on, including one absolutely harrowing scene of a house (and person) catching on fire.

Recommended to Fulci fans.

Eight out of 10.

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