Cat People (1942) – (I honestly thought it was about people who liked cats.)
Be warned, spoilers ahead. *meow*
This is about a woman who fears intimacy with her husband. She’s Serbian (her husband is American), and her fear stems from her country’s fables about how a kiss can turn her into a “cat person” that’ll end up harming or killing her husband.
It’s a short movie with only a 73 minute run time. It stars Simone Simon as Irena Dubrovna Reed. I felt a little annoyed with her. I don’t know if it’s because of her overacting or her accent, which I’m not even sure is legit or not, but I just didn’t like her. And her husband Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) was good-looking, sure, but that’s about it. I’m not saying he’s a bad actor, he just seemed a little lackluster. His best friend Alice Moore, played by Jane Randolph, was my favorite part of it all. She’s the only one for me who seemed to really get into character. Though her being in love with Oliver (a married man!) and telling him kind of tarnished my liking a bit, she’s still the best part. But the Best Actor award would go to the panther locked up in the park zoo. He had more facial expressions than all the actors combined!
The whole movie seems to build up to a monster that isn’t at all terrifying, and it sort of left me deflated. Although that may be the point, it made me want more. You may think that I got into this ready to hate it, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love cats! I honestly thought it was about people who liked cats. And the fact that it was in black and white made me excited. I love discovering old movies. But this one will certainly be a movie I wouldn’t recommend or watch again. Whether the acting or the unimaginative dialogue is the worst part is still up for debate. Sorry not sorry.