Curse of the Cat People is a different type of film for sure. Made in 1944 it's a ghost story that is shown from a child's point of view with many of it's elements and plot points left to the audience's imagination. It's the sequel to Cat People.
The film follows Amy, a lonely little girl with no real friends who essentially lives in a fantasy world. One day she stumbles upon an old house. She hears an elderly lady call to her. The woman in question throws a handkerchief with a ring inside down to her, but suddenly another lady shows up and grabs it from Amy's hand. The woman in the house yells for Amy to run.
That next day the family servant tells Amy that the ring has powers and can grant wishes. Amy wishes she had a friend. That night she meets a new friend in the form of the ghost of her father's late first wife.
Is the ghost evil? Was the old woman who gave Amy the ring a witch? Is this a manifest of a lonely child's imagination? Well that's sort of up to you the viewer to figure out. Nothing is really explained.
It's still a cool film to watch. The black and white picture has a very unique look and feel. To say it was ahead of it's time is an understatement. The way it is shot and scored puts it right on par with the ghost story we see today.
Scream Factory has picked this up and provided us with a fantastic transfer that only heightens the look and feel. They have also managed to load it up with special features.
Ahead of it's time, very cool and atmospheric, Curse if the Cat People is a great way to spend an evening.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars