Irena Dubrovna, a beautiful and mysterious Serbian-born fashion artist living in New York City, falls in love with and marries average-Joe American Oliver Reed. Their marriage suffers though, as Irena believes that she suffers from an ancient curse – whenever emotionally aroused, she will turn into a panther and kill!
Cat People (1942) is an incredibly atmospheric film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur which has become one of the most iconic classic horror movies of all time. A firm favourite with celebrity Horror Host Emily Booth who is presenting Cat People as part of Frighten Brighton this Saturday, when I spoke to Emily recently she explained ” I have a big place in my heart for Cat People…I love a return to animalistic states – a profound theme in horror films and the fact that this film was way ahead of its time, subtly telling a story of burgeoning female sexuality during a very repressed time – there are just so many levels to that film and it’s so haunting and moody! “