Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
Original title: Gatto Nero
Italy, 1981. Italian International Film, Selenia Cinematografica. Story by Biagio Proietti, Screenplay by Lucio Fulci, Biagio Proietti, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. Cinematography by Sergio Salvati. Produced by Giulio Sbarigia. Music by Pino Donaggio. Production Design by Franco Calabrese. Costume Design by Massimo Lentini. Film Editing by Vincenzo Tomassi.
One of the many adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s popular horror tale, this time featuring a cat with mystical qualities and a personality bent on murder. Patrick Magee plays a paranormal investigator who communes with the dead and is part of an investigation of the mysterious suffocation death of two lovers who were murdered by someone who could fit through a tiny escape hatch. The sequence of the victims being entrapped is actually quite scary, but the rest of the film, which also features Mimsy Farmer as a photographer looking into the deaths that are piling up around her, is a silly bore with some ridiculous effects of a villain who can somehow murder people with cat-sized paws. Even giving the feline menace magical powers of being everywhere at once doesn’t quite explain why people can’t outrun it every time they face off with it, plus Poe’s nifty ending is not incorporated at all successfully. It’s far from the grossest of Fulci’s works, but it’s up there with his worst. Sergio Martino‘s version of the story is better.