Woman alone the victims of strange, savage killer!
When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.
When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.
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This remake of Bringing Up Baby certainly took a dark turn.
Plot stripped down to almost nothing, but not characterization: there are at least a dozen fully-realized humans (and one cat) here, pointing the way forward to Tourneur's evocation of small-town life in his masterpiece Stars in My Crown. 65 minutes long and built around four deaths, roughly one every 15 minutes. Never any violence on screen (a man gets scratched by the cat early on and shows us a bloody hand, but that's it for gore), yet it might be the most horrifying film ever made. Especially the first death, a girl alone on the streets at night, killer cat on the loose. You might say Tourneur overuses the…
The Leopard Man is structured as much more standard murder mystery than the other Tourneur/Lewton films and leaves the supernatural behind for something closer to giallo before its time. Still, Tourneur eye is invested in the great unknown and the film has a sense of menace and eerie mystery that is very similar to Cat People. It also has an ambitious very expansive perception of a small town at verge of breakdown due to violent paranoia.
40’s noir horror proto-gialli serial killer jam from RKO dream team of Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton.
Love the brisk pacing/short runtime combo, the New Mexico setting with an escaped leopard backdrop, and the tight direction on display here with the shadowy atmosphere that hits my sweet spot. Super interesting subject to tackle in 1943, plus Tourneur’s ability to weave from mystery noir to ‘Lewton bus’ horror sequences is done so well and it’s even cooler that female cast members were way more interesting than the guys. The locked door scene is an all timer for sure, and the locked in a cemetery sequence which almost reminded me of the hedge scene in Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet is no slouch…
fate, time, empathy, the dark unknown. the more i rewatch tourneur and the older i get, the more profound he feels. there is so much thematic density here, so much sadness & loss around these 3 women briefly brought to life before being struck down. this film feels so ahead of its time, both in its structure, and in the way it always feels like it's tapping into something deep & mysterious through its construction. there is the sense that this film contains truths & a sense of what life and death mean, not often found elsewhere
Jack Tourneur and Val "The Pal" Lewton do it again. Their three collaborations are increasingly higher in quality, and Leopard Man blows me away to another level of sublime B-movie-horror beauty. Ostensibly the story of a series of deadly attacks on (mostly Mexican, mostly young) women by an unseen beast (is it man? leopard? both?), Tourneur/Lewton blur the lines between reality and fantasy in highly economic ways. Through their daring suggestion of an entire boulevard of horror by just a puny streetlight and the ominous donut-eyes of the steel-black cat, they demonstrate how it doesn't take more than just human creativity and an unwavering commitment to the low-budget spectacle to wow audiences into fearful submission.
What's most brilliant about Leopard…
"Caged animals are unpredictable, they're like frustrated human beings" -Chief of Police,
- Daily Horror Hunt #23 (23/31): boxd.it/5m5ve
If you and a cat get into a fight, it's your fault.
A leopard used in a performance escapes and starts to kill women...it's 66 minutes long so there is not a lot of time to waste. I was promised a leopard man but instead I got a leopard, man... or did I? This is a fun mystery about who is killing a series of women in a small town but there is not a ton of substance to it beyond that. Everything is fine and nothing is exceptional. Only recommended for scavenger hunts or to people obsessed with animal films.
"see that ball in the fountain? we know as little about the forces of the universe that move us as that ball does."
undercooked existential proto-giallo, 1/2 star off cuz no comic-relief cops going "how'd they find the killer?" "he was spotted!"
This was a real find. It starts off light and airy and goes straight off into a black and white horror masterpiece, the nature of which is quite complex providing the victims with more emotional importance than most horror films would. There's no going back once it turns that corner. You're like "wait, take me back to that happy feeling I felt in the night club scene and watched Clo Clo do her flamenco dance and castanet act.". "It was the perfect 40's cinema of a night club musical setting", but sorry man, this veers off onto its destined fate as a really well-done shadowy suspense jam, the equal of, or perhaps superior to its cousin, the famous "Cat People".
The Leopard Man, the final collaboration between producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur, is decidedly less coherent their two previous efforts together, Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie. Despite its weaknesses, though, this film nevertheless engages with issues of race in thoughtful, compelling ways.
Given the care Lewton and Tourneur took to present voodoo in an educated, complete way in I Walked with a Zombie, it's no surprise that the pair made a concerted effort to populate The Leopard Man, set in New Mexico, with as many Latinx actors as possible. Because of this, the few white characters stand out physically, as well as by function of their power, status, and blindness.
Whereas virtually all…
Once again the Tourneur/Lewton team delivers a dark, suggestive thriller with a sense of place — this time deepest New Mexico, with motley Spanish vocab peppering the dialogue. The dry, windless, moonlit nights echo to the ratchety sound of castanets; shadows rustle down by the arroyo; a wild beast stalks the gloom. But here it's a mortal beast: the supernatural allusions of Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie are traded in for an early serial killer plot, which doesn't do much for me. There is a little bit of divination and a passing reference to ancient Meso-American jaguar deities, and the first murder, of poor Teresa whose blood oozes into her house under the locked front door, is…
The Leopard Man is the Bronze Medalist of the Val Lewton – Jacques Tourneur collaborations. It’s notable as Hollywood’s first serial killer movie, but in fact Lewton and Tourneur suborn the viewer’s imagination into committing the murders. Another masterclass in atmosphere, Lewton sets this film as he did with I Walked with a Zombie, in a land with a long and miasmic history of interred historical horrors: Native Americans slaughtered by Conquistadors. Lewton uses castanets to trigger dread and lift the hairs on the back of our necks like Pavlov used a bell to get his dogs ready for steak.
The picture is adapted from on a Cornell Woolrich novel, Black Alibi that’s structured as a series of vignettes. Lewton…
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in einer schattigen Frühlingsnacht mit Noir-Aussicht auf Trauben-Hyazinthen nebst feurigen Wildtulpen und einem blühenden — oh, ich schweife schon ab. Sicherlich nicht mein Liebling vom großartigen Tourneur — dessen Grusler Curse of the Demon (1957) mich zu HoopTober-Zeiten komplett kolossal erwischt hat (aus dem Stand nach sieben Minuten verdiente sechs Sterne). Die Sache ist die: Der in die Staaten ausgewanderte Ausnahme-Franzose und Produzent Val Lewton wissen gewissermaßen, wo Bartels den Most holt, selbst wenn sie etwas schwächeln, beginnen meine Augen zu glänzen. Wie bereits in -> Cat People gibt’s einen flotten Jumpscare. [Merke: damals mitnichten negativ besetzt, da neuartig.] Dies Mal kein…