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The Black Cat (1981)

Black Cat (Gatto nero) (original title)
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A professor with the psychic ability to communicate with the dead uses his powers on his pet cat in order to take vengeance upon his enemies.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Prof. Robert Miles
... Jill Trevers
... Inspector Gorley
... Sgt. Wilson
... Lillian Grayson
... Ferguson
Geoffrey Copleston ... Inspector Flynn
... Maureen Grayson (as Daniela Dorio)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Doctor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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10 February 1984 (USA)  »

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

Goofs

As Ferguson throws a rock at the black cat during his drunken encounter with the feline in an alley, he misses. The next successive shot shows the rock hitting the cat as it scurries away. 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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Interesting and atmospheric but....
20 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

"The Black Cat" is an interesting and atmospheric 'stab' at being an English Gothic film. The first half is has more gore and succeeds in heightening the suspense only for a rather ineffective summation and climax. Patrick Magee plays the part of a median who controls the mind of a cat.

The deaths are suitably impressive and deserved by the characters concerned aside from the supremely sexy Mrs Grayson (Giallo/Sleaze/Horror favorite Dagmar Lassander) who never fails to 'light up' the screen.

Not Fulci's best; but reasonably enjoyable nonetheless.

6/10 (I refuse to grade films out of four stars)


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