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also known as Gatto nero

The Black Cat1981

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From Italy's own Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci comes THE BLACK CAT, a gruesome reimagining of the classic Edgar Allan Poe tale starring Patrick Magee and Mimsy Farmer. When a young couple goes missing in a sleepy English village, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley is brought in to assist on the case. But what starts off as routine investigation turns into a murder inquiry when the couple are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Fusing a classically gothic atmosphere with the decidedly more visceral elements that are the hallmark of Fulci's films, THE BLACK CAT is a too-often overlooked and underrated entry in the Italian master filmmaker's canon.

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"What makes THE BLACK CAT worth watching are the Gothic trappings, a strong cast of some notable British character actors, and glimpses of that instantly identifiable Italian splatter FX work." - Anthony Arrigo, Dread Central


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THIS ONE IS A TRUE CHILLER AND EXCELLENT REMAKE OF AN EDGAR ALLEN POE CLASSIC LIKE THE BLACK CAT SUPERB ACTING VERY FRIGHTENING AT AND CERTAINLY UNPREDICTABLE MOST OF THE TIME. THIS IS A MUST SEE IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A TRUE HORROR FILM I RECOMMEND IT YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED AT ALL FIRST RATE MOST DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ho hum. Sad when the cat is the best actor in the film!

Other than giving me ideas for training my black cat (his name is Kevin) to become an assassin, this film was rather dull.

i did enjoy it

That darn cat!

One of Fulci's more restrained films, BLACK CAT is a mystery/ thriller that still veers towards surrealism -- especially, early on when we have no idea who any of the characters are or why "accidents" keep happening in this sleepy, English village. Even when the mystery is "solved," the film's feverishness only ramps up to a final, Poe-inspired denouement. Fulci doesn't get enough credit for how good-looking his films are. Put up against the super-saturated palettes of il Maestro Bava and Argento, BLACK CAT looks naturalistic, but no less visually stunning, particularly, his compositions and the natural beauty of the English country-side. There are some trademarked Fulci touches, as well, such as the fog-choaked cemetery and deserted, night-time streets, and, of course, some gothic putrescence. The cat attacks are pretty awesome, too!

Great movie.One of Fulcis best!