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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 at 7:30pm
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  • Psychological horror
  • 1942
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 72 mins.
 

Horror producer Val Lewton leaves an indelible mark by manipulating fear through shadow and suggestion.

Produced by Val Lewton and directed by the great Jacques Tourneur, this was one of the first Hollywood horrors to play on the audience's fears rather than expose it to ghouls and monsters. Simone Simon makes one of cinema's most sensual menaces as the sketch artist who turns into a panther as a result of an ancient Serbian curse. Apart from Simon, the acting's pretty ropey, but the film is packed with eerie moments — the famous walk through the park gave rise to the term "bus", meaning a false shock (you'll have to watch to see what we mean). It was remade in 1982 by Paul Schrader, but this is better.

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Director:

 
Jacques Tourneur

Cinematographer:

 
Nicholas Musuraca

Screenplay:

 
DeWitt Bodeen

Cast:

 
Simone Simon...Irena Dubrovna l Tom Conway...Dr Judd l Jane Randolph...Alice Moore l Jack Holt...Commodore l Kent Smith...Oliver Reed l Alan Napier...Carver l Elizabeth Dunne... Miss Plunkett l Elizabeth Russell...The cat woman l Mary Halsey... Blondie
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