Another Val Lewton production! Hm… oh. His name seemed so familiar that I assumed that I had seen dozens of his films, but it’s really just The Ghost Ship. Is there another producer with a similar name?
Hm… ah, he headed the RKO horror division, overseeing a string of cheap B-movies that looked better than those things usually did.
This movie’s protagonist is a young girl it’s not as awful as it sounds. I mean, she (or any of the other children) wouldn’t win any awards for their acting prowess, but they’re pretty good. It’s a properly creepy movie, and keeping the point of view so solidly at the children really helps.
And there’s a wise black guy giving sage advice, which was probably an innovation at the time?
The movie has been beautifully restored for the blu-ray release.
Spoiler warning: There are no cat people in this movie. Is that the curse?
The Curse of the Cat People. Gunther von Fritsch. 1944.
Popular movies in March 1944 according to IMDB:
|4231||6.9||The Curse of the Cat People|
|344||6.8||Four Jills in a Jeep|
|217||6.5||Shine on Harvest Moon|
|343||6.4||See Here, Private Hargrove|
|503||6.2||The Heavenly Body|
|353||6.1||The Falcon Out West|
This blog post is part of the Decade series.