Hollywood Babylon: Cat People / Kiss Me Deadly 35mm Double Bill
Jacques Tourneur / Robert Aldrich
Director: Jacques Tourneur / Robert Aldrich
Starring: Simone Simon, Tom Conway / Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker
Release Date: Mon 17 Dec 2012
We’re going back a little bit further than usual with this pairing of dark, weird and massively influential noir greats.
Cat People (1942)
Serbian immigrant Irena (Simone Simon) can’t bring herself to bed new husband Oliver (Kent Smith) for fear she will transform into a cat, as her homeland’s fables warn. When hubby sends her to a psychiatrist, Irena’s problems only worsen, until her demons come clawing and growling to the surface. Jacques Tourneur’s darkly stylish, genuinely frightening horror-noir is laced with subversive sexual undertones, and was the high point of his estimable collaborations with producer Val Lewton at RKO.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
There’s no Pulp Fiction, Repo Man or Twin Peaks The Return without Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, come and find out what all the fuss is about!
Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly is a masterpiece in pulp noir cinema, effectively marrying the tropes of the genre with cold war horrors, as personified in the infamous briefcase - one of the most iconic MacGuffins to exist on film. Kiss Me Deadly has gone on to inspire decades worth of crime, horror and science fiction, it is a truly timeless and horrifying tale that demands to be seen on the big screen, preferably on celluloid.