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The Black Cat

R 1981 1h 31m Horror List
33% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 26% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
An American photographer (Mimsy Farmer) and a Scotland Yard inspector (David Warbeck) suspect a man's (Patrick Magee) cat of murder. Read More Read Less
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Jordan M. Smith Lucio Fulci's mid-period The Black Cat just pilfer's Poe's original for exploitational imagery, essentially ditching the self sabotaging inner turmoil for a superfluous supernatural yarn stuffed with non sequiturs. Rated: 2/5 Oct 20, 2020 Full Review Christopher Machell CineVue A meandering plot and unintentional humour are far from enough to detract from this beautifully shot and atmospheric voyage into the dark. Rated: 4/5 Jan 17, 2017 Full Review Lucius Gore ESplatter This is a decent Fulci film, delivering all the sleaze and some of the splatter you can expect from the Italian goremeister. Rated: 3/4 Aug 4, 2008 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...much of the film consists of long, interminable sequences in which not much happens... Rated: 1/4 Oct 23, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 26, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Even for a Fulci film, this is pretty lame. Rated: 2/5 Aug 27, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Joel C Considering the subject matter, which is literally a black cat antagonist, this could easily come off as gimmicky or comedic. I think they treated this just like any slasher/horror film and created one of the best animal serial killer movies to date. Of course it has it's 80's moments when you chuckle, but the cat looks so cool on camera and the kills are awesome. Good piece of filmmaking. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/19/21 Full Review Audience Member Goofy "Poe-inspired" silliness from Fulci. Fun to watch on a rainy afternoon. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review delysid d not fulcis best but its a nice version of the poe story, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/21/18 Full Review Audience Member Wonderfully made with a well captured gothic aesthetic that makes the film, with great camera work and a production value that looks great. The actual plot itself is overly ridiculous and a little stupid, it doesn't really crave suspense or tension but far better than initial thoughts on paper as the final product isn't all that stupid or boring as it would sound. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member So I've enjoyed most of the Fulci films I've run across, but this one left me cold for some reason. There's a few interesting death sequences, but overall I just can't get that spooked by a black cat lurking around, which is what this film would have required. The idea of someone sending evil spirits after their enemies is creepy I suppose, but if the messenger is something I'm accustomed to scaring away with a squirt bottle of water, it's hard to be freaked out by it. Rental? At best? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Very weak (and loose) adaptation of the Poe classic. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis An American photographer (Mimsy Farmer) and a Scotland Yard inspector (David Warbeck) suspect a man's (Patrick Magee) cat of murder.
Lucio Fulci
Giulio Sbarigia
Production Co
Italian International Film
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 24, 2014
1h 31m
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