Black Cat (1981) (Region 1 DVD)

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Patrick MaGee, Mimsy Farmer. This masterful tale from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe makes it's way to a gore-filled Lucio Fulci film. A wheelchair-bound clairvoyant sends evil spirits into a cat who he sends on a mission to exact revenge against his enemies. 1981/color/92 min/NR/widescreen.

Product Details

Barcode
827058109499
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 Apr 2007
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Science Fiction
Sub-genre
Horror
Region
Region 1
Studio
Blue Underground
Runtime
92 min
Age Restriction
UNR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Black Cat
Release Year
1981
Running Time
91 min
Language
Italian
Alternate Title
Il Gatto Nero
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Animals / Mystery / Psychic Forces / Supernatural / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Ratings
IMDb
5.9
Rotten Tomatoes®
40% 24%
Synopsis
Psychic medium Professor Robert Miles (Patrick Magee) lives a bitter life of solitude with the exception of a black cat, to which he has managed to forge a companionship in lieu of the feline attacking him at every turn. He's paid a visit by a young photographer named Jill Travers (Mimsy Farmer) whom wishes to return a piece of the professor's equipment she has found in an underground tomb. Miles wastes no time in attempting to hypnotize the woman, but is interrupted by the pestering cat as it inflicts deep scratches into the man's hand. Jill responds with a hurried exit, and soon after meets Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck) who employs her as a crime-scene photographer in the investigation of a rash of fatal accidents that have recently befallen the sleepy village. She discovers cat-like scratches on one of the hand of one of the victims, and soon learns that a black cat has been present during all of the incidents. Curiosity leads the photographer back to Miles' estate, where she learns all too agonizingly the history of the old man's estranged relationship with the black cat.

While a less gruesome than usual outing from the "Godfather of Gore," Lucio Fulci's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale is loose but effective in its own right. The ominous score in conjunction with Sergio Salvati's superb cinematography create a sense of claustrophobic tension, which adds a unique spin on the classic supernatural tale.
Notes
A Selenia Cinematografica production.

Shot in Technovision in 1980 on location in the UK and at Rome studio interiors. Color by Eastmancolor. In widescreen.

Released theatrically in New York City February 1984 in an MPAA R-rated version.

Additional cast: Geoffrey Copleston (Inspector Flynn) and Daniela Dorio (Maureen).

Additional credits: Franco di Girolamo (makeup) and Paolo Ricci (special effects).

Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
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Poster
Poster for Black Cat
Cast & Crew
Director
Lucio Fulci
Star
Al Cliver / Mimsy Farmer / Dagmar Lassander / Patrick Magee / David Warbeck
Composer
Pino Donaggio
Director of Photography
Sergio Salvati
Editor
Vincenzo Tomassi