Director: Robert Wise
At the beginning of an era of trashy B-horror and sci-fi, Wise attached himself to sound features with intellectually satisfying metaphoric bases, remarkable visual aesthetics and intriguing narratives. In this fine Val Lewton produced sequel to Jacques Tourneur's Cat People. Wise plays down the cheap transmogrifications that could have made this little more than a feline twist on lycanthropy; while retaining the elements of the supernatural that instil flesh-crawling dread. Steaming with suppressed sexuality, The Curse Of The Cat People gives new meaning to the phrase 'animal magnetism'.