THE BLACK CAT – IT PURRS, IT STALKS, IT KILLS!
We all know director Lucio Fulci for his depraved nasties like New York Ripper, but if you’re wondering why in France he’s held in the same esteem as Hitchcock, then the deliciously eerie The Black Cat is a great place to start.
Inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe tale, this black cat is a malevolent moggy that stalks through a sleepy English town appearing to fulfil the murderous wishes of its owner, the sinister psychic medium Professor Miles (Patrick Magee in fine deranged form). What Professor Miles has not reckoned on is his cat turning him into the next mouse to slowly kill!
High on gothic atmospheric thanks to the moody cinematography of Sergio Salvati, this unusual Fulci tale of claustrophobic terror is a little seen gem that compares to the best output of the Hammer and Amicus studios.
THE BLACK CAT (cert. 18 – overall DVD rating – feature is 15) will be released on DVD (£12.99) by Shameless Screen Entertainment on. The film will be presented remastered in 1.85:1 with English 2.0 sound. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.
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Title: The Black Cat
“plenty of unpleasant, wince-inducing incidents – and emphasis on mood and atmosphere perhaps more reminiscent of an old-style Hammer film” – Kinocite.co.uk
“The Black Cat benefits greatly from a wonderful cast of Eurosleaze veterans… The unusual English setting is wonderfully realized by Sergio Salvati’s evocative scope photography, which prowls along the ground, soars over rooftops, and creeps into dark, dusty corners when it’s not too busy flashing back and forth between close ups of actors’ (and cat’s) eyes.” – Mondo-Digital.com
“This film gives us a fine example of a more subdued Fulci, operating in a more gothic mode. Helping Fulci along this time is long-time cinematographer Sergio Salvati who turns in some of his finest work. The cat’s interesting POV is wonderfully rendered as well as numerous carefully-planned crane shots, a rarity in the cost-conscious cinematic world which Fulci inhabitated. Accompanying the stunning image is an inspired score from Pino Donaggio, probably the best soundtrack of Fulci’s entire filmography.” – PulsingCinema.com