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March 22nd, 2013 - 9:31 pm
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Paul Schrader directed one of the ’80s best exploitation flicks with his 1982 remake of Cat People. I mean, you’ve got Nastassja Kinski getting naked in New Orleans, and sleeping with men whom she then kills. After turning into a panther. Good times.

Not exploitatey enough for you? It gets better. Kinski can reproduce only with her cat-person big brother, played by Malcolm McDowell at his sleazy/creepy best. It all has something to do with an ancient Egyptian curse, but nobody is looking too deeply at the plot.

Instead, go for the gore, the gratuitous nudity, and the Southern Gothic horror. And don’t miss the soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder, done up in Early Electronica. It’s aged much better than most soundtracks of the era.

For the title track, Moroder teamed up with David Bowie. Bowie released his version as the penultimate track on the mega-selling Let’s Dance. That cut is straight-up rock, and is actually the lesser for it. What the song really needed for greatness was what Moroder’s remix gave it: A slinky-creepy-haunting sound to live up to the name “Cat People.”

So here’s the official video for you. But if you really want to experience Cat People in all its kinky glory, you can buy the movie in HiDef from the iTunes Store. I know what I’m watching this weekend.

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I am way late in posting a comment, but the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn played guitar on this track!
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How did I not know that about one of my favorite songs?

Can't thank you enough for filling in a SERIOUS gap in my Bowie knowledge.
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My brain is having one of its senior moments and I can't recall the title, but I remember a movie that stared Kirk Douglas that was a pastiche that used Tourner as the model for the Kirk Douglas role. In that movie it implied that they tried to shoot the movie using actors in cat costumes and Tourner so disliked the results that he went to the off camera menace technique. The movie was based on a 1930 short story called "The Bagheeta," by Val Lewton, IIRC
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So, did you have one of the Nastassja Kinski with the snake posters in the '80's?
1 year ago
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Didn't you post this video a few years ago?
1 year ago
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Don't remember if I did or not. If it's a rerun -- sorry about that!
1 year ago
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It's so fun busting your chops when you goof! ;-)
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The black and white Cat People B movie shouldn't be missed either. The swimming pool scene established a standard.
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It's also pretty amazing just how much Jacques Tourneur got away with, working under the old Hays Code. Great flick.
1 year ago
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I loved that movie!

But I totally forgot about David Bowie providing the lead song.

Thanks for jogging that memory!
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