The Curse of the Cat People
Released – March, 1944
Directed By – Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Starring – Simone Simon (Ghost of Irena), Kent Smith (Oliver ‘Ollie’ Reed), Jane Randolph (Alice Reed), Ann Carter (Amy Reed).
Description – The Black Menace Creeps Again!
Although having many of the same characters this is mostly an unrelated sequel to the original Cat People.
After the death of his wife Irena (the original cat woman) Oliver Reed has remarried former co-worker Alice Moore. The couple have a six-year-old daughter named Amy. Amy is a troubled child who has a difficult time telling fantasy from reality. She also has an imaginary friend – her father’s deceased first wife Irena.
Amy also meets and befriends aging actress Julia Farren who may also be a cat woman. Amy’s imaginary friend along with her meeting with Julia surely must be more than just coincidence.
NOTABLE: The Curse of the Cat People was produced with a very small budget and some of the sets used were from Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons.
The original Cat People was an enormous success and although this story has little to do with the original, Columbia discounted producer Val Lewton’s original title ‘Amy and her Friend’ in order to capitalize on the original films popularity.
Personal Note: Considered a film in the horror genre, The Curse of the Cat People is more of an atmospheric, moody story about a lonely little girl who is, at first, befriended and ultimately haunted by spirits.