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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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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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2.35 : 1 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:
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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Murderous Moggy Madness!, 5 July 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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