Cat People, 1942

Cat People is a 1940s American romantic film noir supernatural thriller fantasy horror film; about a Serbian woman in New York City, who suspects she is descended from Satanist witches who became werecats and is fearful of passionate arousal; she begins a romance with a man she met while drawing panthers at the zoo, upsets animals in a pet shop and sees a psychiatrist; an unseen animal stalks a rival woman through Central Park and at a swimming pool

Shockadelic rating: Recommended

Contributors: Jacques Tourneur, Val Lewton, DeWitt Bodeen, Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Roy Webb

Sequel: The Curse Of The Cat People, 1944
Remake: Cat People, 1982