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Black Cat
     

The Black Cat

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Director: Lucio Fulci

Cast: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck

 

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Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci applies his characteristic touch to the Edgar Allan Poe tale (of which very little remains intact) to tell the story of a deranged, wheelchair-bound English psychic (Patrick Magee) who can record the voices of the dead on tape, and apparently possesses the ability to channel evil spirits into the body of his cat -- which he then

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Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci applies his characteristic touch to the Edgar Allan Poe tale (of which very little remains intact) to tell the story of a deranged, wheelchair-bound English psychic (Patrick Magee) who can record the voices of the dead on tape, and apparently possesses the ability to channel evil spirits into the body of his cat -- which he then commands to take vengeance on his enemies. When a freelance crime photographer (Mimsy Farmer) notices traces of feline claw-marks on the bodies of accident victims, her own investigations eventually lead her to Magee's naughty kitty... leading to a confusing climax wherein it is learned (sort of) who's really in charge. Remarkably restrained horror from the man behind such flesh-rending epics as Zombie and The Gates of Hell, this is also nearly incomprehensible, possessing a nightmarish lack of cohesion that is more irritating than frightening. In fact, the most horrifying thing about this film is Fulci's aggressive tendency to shoot super-tight widescreen close-ups of Magee's eyes and nose.

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In between better-known hardcore horrors like Zombie and The Beyond, Lucio Fulci tackled the gothic genre with this unusual effort. That said, one shouldn't expect a subtle creepfest from The Black Cat -- this is the Fulci version of a gothic tale, meaning that it shoehorns in shocks like a human torch crashing through a window or someone taking a header through their car's windshield in between subtler story developments. As usual, he conjures up a spooky atmosphere with effortless skill -- a scene with Patrick Magee wandering through a fog-shrouded graveyard at night is truly creepy -- but the film's meandering script makes it sputter when it should be building in intensity. Thus, The Black Cat never rises above being an exercise in style but patient horror fans will find it has a decent amount to offer on that level: Sergio Salvati's prowling camerawork gives it plenty of visual interest and Pino Donaggio contributes a lush orchestral score that enhances the film's spooky aesthetic. The Black Cat also has a fine cast: Euro-cult genre stalwarts David Warbeck and Mimsy Farmer turn in solid work as the heroes and Patrick Magee has a ball hamming it up as the film's central figure of dark mystery. In short, The Black Cat is probably best left to the hardcore Euro-cult fans but it offers enough points of interest to entertain said viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
UPC:
0827058109499
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Lucio Fulci bio

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Black Cat
1. Program Start/Backseat Driver [1:58]
2. The Black Cat (Main Titles) [4:09]
3. Skeletons in the Shadows [4:23]
4. Young Lust [5:54]
5. Speaking With the Dead [3:15]
6. Disappearance [3:42]
7. "Death Is Not the End" [4:19]
8. Fatal Plunge [5:39]
9. Crime Scene Photography [3:39]
10. Visions of Death [3:24]
11. Eyes in the Dark [3:17]
12. Inferno [2:17]
13. "If He Was Human, We'd Hang Him" [4:05]
14. The Shadow of Death [4:01]
15. Under Investigation [3:02]
16. Dangerous Attraction [4:00]
17. Feline Terror [4:18]
18. Jill's Discovery [4:19]
19. Voices of the Damned [2:42]
20. "Cats Take Orders From No One" [4:04]
21. Bat Attack [3:38]
22. Buried Alive [3:38]
23. Madman's Deception [3:42]
24. The Cat's Meow [2:42]
25. End Credits [1:21]

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