Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), a beautiful and mysterious Serbian-born fashion artist living in New York City, falls in love with and marries average-Joe American Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). But Irena believes that she suffers from an ancient curse and whenever she is emotionally aroused she will turn into a panther and savage her victims. Oliver thinks that is absurd and sends her to psychiatrist Dr. Judd (Tom Conway) to cure her. But truth is sometimes stranger than fantasy...
Original and best.
- Cat People review by Steve Mason
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This fantasy-noir is a Freudian story about a New York immigrant's strange sexual curse. The first of producer Val Lewton's moody, pessimistic and literary 1940s horror films, which were never better than when working with Jacques Tourneur who delivers many brilliant suspenseful set pieces.