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Published on Oct 30, 2011
One of my favorite movies from the 1980's, this is a remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 CAT PEOPLE. This version keeps the same idea: a mysterious young virgin travels to the decadent charm of New Orleans and discovers she is the descendent of a race of feline humans who transform into ravenous beasts when sexually aroused, and then must kill to regain their human form. David Bowie's theme song goes perfectly with the dark tone of the film, with a little goth rock influence thrown in. I've used the longer album version here. The movie definitely goes off in some very Freudian directions, but it's hard to imagine another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a panther than Nastassja Kinski with her hypnotic, green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty. Luckily for us, she had a European attitude towards her body.