Gatto Nero (1980)
Black Cat, AKA Il Gatto Nero, is loosely based on a Poe story of the
same name. Horror veteran Patrick Magee plays a man who has psychic
powers that he exercises with the help of his cat familiar. When he
realizes that the cat is evil and killing people, he poisons and hangs
the cat, but the cat comes back to life and controls him.
Director Lucio Fulci is known for gore, but didn't
have much in this film. He has a thing about eyes, and there are
countless frames of closeups of eyes. The English village where it is
set is picturesque.
|The film really didn't do
anything for me. There was no suspense, no surprise, and a languid
pace. Fulci's horror works were not received well in Italy, but he has
found an audience among Euroshock fans in the US.
|Daniela Doria exposes her
breasts in a fairly long scene in good light. Doria is half of
a young couple murdered early in the film while hiding in a
boat house to make out.
Wasn't Gatto Nero married
to Vanessa Redgrave for a while?
Patrick magee, among
many other roles, was the old writer whose wife was raped in A
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 4.3,
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a D+. Borderline, even for genre
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