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The B-Movie Podcast: Man Eater – Cat People

October means one thing (other than pumpkin spice everything)… horror films! All month long we’re curating Horror-Themed double features. We continue with Cat People!

Having checked the records, Paul Schrader’s Cat People is the second of the truly great class of ’82 films we’ve covered (so far). Schrader’s film is a doozy. Similarly to Carpenter’s The Thing, this isn’t a simple one to one remake. Rather Schrader’s adaptation of the Val Lewton classic is a more overt play on repression of sexuality (a Schrader specialty). This is Schrader at the height of his power and prowess as a filmmaker coming off of his biggest commercial success two years prior with American Gigolo. Casting Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell as siblings recently reunited is a stroke of brilliance, along with a cast that includes the great John Heard and Annette O’Toole. It’s that kind of 80’s film, one with a deep bench of great actors. Schrader is working again with American Gigolo Producer Jerry Bruckhemier here they create a film that’s both sexual, gory and all together a serious minded horror film. It has the trademark sheen that Bruckhemier was known for. It’s as glossy and as slick as anything that the man produced in the 80’s. Add bonus points as it has Giorgio Moroder scoring and a killer David Bowie single.

Release Year: 1982
Director: Paul Schrader
Writer(s): DeWitt Bodeen, Alan Ormsby
Cast of Note: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O’Toole, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr., Scott Paulin, Frankie Faison, Ron Diamond, Lynn Lowry, John Larroquette, Tessa Richarde, Berry Berenson

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