Cat People (1982)


The movie Cat People (1982) is a horror film directed by Paul Schrader. The story follows Irena Gallier, a young woman who discovers that she is descended from a race of cat people. She has the ability to transform into a black leopard when sexually aroused or threatened.

Irena arrives in New Orleans to reconnect with her brother Paul, from whom she was separated at a young age. As she explores her newfound sexuality, Irena becomes torn between her love for her brother and her growing attraction to Oliver, a zoo curator. She struggles to control her feline instincts and fears that giving in to her desires will unleash a dangerous and uncontrollable side of her.

As Irena’s relationships with Paul and Oliver become more complicated, she becomes increasingly isolated and tormented. She seeks guidance from a psychiatrist, Dr. Judd, who believes that Irena’s cat-like nature is a psychological manifestation rather than a supernatural curse. However, as Irena’s transformation becomes more frequent and violent, it becomes clear that her cat people heritage is more than just a psychological condition.

The movie Cat People (1982) explores themes of sexuality, identity, and the struggle between human and animal instincts. It delves into the psychological and physical transformation of Irena as she grapples with her dual nature.


  • Nastassja Kinski as Irena Gallier
  • Malcolm McDowell as Paul Gallier
  • John Heard as Oliver Yates
  • Annette O’Toole as Alice Perrin
  • Ruby Dee as Female Edges
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Joe Creigh


  • The movie Cat People (1982) is a remake of the 1942 film of the same name directed by Jacques Tourneur.
  • The film’s score was composed by Giorgio Moroder and features the popular song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” performed by David Bowie.
  • The film’s visual effects were created by the legendary special effects artist, Tom Burman.
  • Cat People (1982) received mixed reviews upon its release but has gained a cult following over the years.



Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023