The Black Cat (1981)

Mike Matei / October 9th, 2014

One of many “Black Cat” movies, based loosely on the Edgar Allan Poe story, from Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. This time, the cat is a killing machine!


  • Johnathan Alexander

    October 9, 2014 at 7:09 am

    This has been my favorite so far. Definitely going to check out Maniac.

  • trik

    October 9, 2014 at 7:12 am

    cute cat video 🙂

  • otto meyer III

    October 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Great stuff this year, really obscure movies that I now want to check out. Like James says Tales Of Terror is great too.

  • Griff

    October 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    nudity in a 1930’s film? I had no idea they could get away with that

    • Crystal Claire

      October 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Well, Maniac came out in 1934. That was the same year that the Hays film censorship code(which put heavy restrictions on content in films and remained in effect until around the mid-late 1960s) started being enforced; before that there had basically been no restrictions at all on content in films. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that Maniac probably came out just under the wire before Hays could say anything about the nudity and subject matter of the film.

    • lartrak

      October 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      There’s a number of them. There’s also some surviving hard core pornography from the 1910s. I remember seeing footage from one in a documentary, and it was as graphic as anything you’d see today. The 20s and early 30s were more graphic with eroticism and gore than the late 30s-early 50s. It’s pretty interesting.

    • October 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Yeah and its not even subtle. There’s a scene where a man is carrying a woman and stops just to pull her top down. Then just picks her back up and continues walking.

  • Griff

    October 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    also, I am an owner of a black cat and knowing what a big goofy goof he is, it’s funny to me to think of anyone finding a black cat scary

    • Claude Lilford

      October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

      That’s what he wants you to think

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Alright, I’ll admit. That 1934 Maniac film will be seen based on nudity alone.

    • Claude Lilford

      October 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Don’t, despite having full frontal nudity it is some of the most uninteresting I have ever seen, plus you have to wade through the rest of the movie to get to it and Maniac is one of the absolute worst films I have ever seen.
      Not worth it at all.

  • assjack

    October 9, 2014 at 7:45 am


  • October 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Two other good versions of The Back Cat were Dario Argento’s version from ‘Two Evil Eyes’ and Stuart Gordon’s version from ‘Masters of Horror’.

  • Don Skiver

    October 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’ve found that italian horror is definitely underrated. Lots of good movies to be found.

  • Vivi

    October 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Nothing but dust…? But….why :'( i love cats 🙁

    • CrushingC10996WM

      October 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

      The movie is decades old

  • October 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I look forward to these marathons every year! You should do a Poe themed marathon next year covering the Universal and Roger Corman Poe cycles.

  • October 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Lucio Fulci RULES !!

  • batratspidercrab

    October 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    That. Was amazing.

  • punkbikerdude

    October 9, 2014 at 8:29 am


    • jasonjrf

      October 9, 2014 at 10:32 am


    • blake rambo

      October 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Last of the Last

    • October 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      I think i am real first sorry my friend

    • assjack

      October 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

      You forgot to say REAL FIRST so I’M FIRST! Also you shouldn’t think cuz you suck at it, my friend.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love Edgar Allen Poe

  • October 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The company I sometimes work for actually produced the Shameless DVD for this film, and many others (such as Ratman and the New York Ripper)

  • Smiller

    October 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

    There is something about those scenes with eyeballs being cut up or prodded out that makes me cringe. The worst was seeing that guy eating the cat’s eyeball. Anyways, awesome review.

  • Allen Lucas

    October 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Loved Tales of Terror!
    Heck, I think the Corman/Poe stories deserve a spot for the next sequel-a-thon!


      October 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      It was already shown on History of Horror.


    October 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

    If those dead souls were able to kill while in a cat’s body, who knows what they could have done when they were alive?

  • taykel

    October 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I heard there’s another cat killing film from the 80s called Uninvited. It’s not a black cat this time, but the animal had some kind of monster in it that leaps out of the cat’s mouth and kills people. I had no idea there were so many movies like this. I used to have cats and that surprises me.

  • October 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Tales of Terror seems to have been based on a different Edgar Allan Peo story, The Cask of Amontillado.

  • October 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    the Vincent Price movie looked more like another poe story “A casket of Amarillo”

  • brian pinzon

    October 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

    This was great as it covered more than 1 film, was disappointed a bit however
    Was hoping to hear about the 1966 the black cat, just the trailer itself makes the milk come outta my nose

  • Uncle Pubes

    October 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Best part of my day is watching these reviews during my break.

    Big Hoss says Yaus

  • Peter Crounse

    October 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    You guys always include these gems from the silver screen era into your reviews, and it does my heart good to see that. I’ve always been a fan of Peter Lorre in the terror genre. I mean, with his inflection and tone you couldn’t help but be an archetype for these films. Thanks again guys and keep up the good work.

  • lapearl

    October 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Maybe you forgot the masters of horror episode with Jeffery Combs as Poe. That was called The Black Cat, too, I’m pretty sure. I remember that being decently intriguing and gory at the end.

  • October 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Hey James, can you add this Vincent Price film to Monster Madness?

  • Labyrinth2_0

    October 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hey James, I have a question:

    There’s this horror movie I saw many years ago where Black cat goes around killing people except it was owned by an old woman, who the cat kills during the movie.

    The main character is a man who visits the old woman for some reason I forgot and tries to fight the cat off but gets lawed constantly.

    Unfortunately, the cat literally jumps into the mans mouth and managed to allow itself to be eaten whole (Weird special effect shot) by the guy who chokes to death.

    The final scene some other guy finds the main characters body on the gorund and the cat claws itself out the stomach (it possibly ate all of his internal organs) and meows a few times and the movie ends.

  • October 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    You didn’t mention the 2007 short of The Black Cat directed by Stuart Gordon with Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe !

  • October 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Have you heard of or seen, “SHADOW OF THE CAT” 1961 by Hammer Films?

    It is one of the only hammer horror films to never get a consumer release. Only a short theatrical release when it came out in the early 1960’s. However, Svengoolie showed this film in June of this year on MeTV.

    This film was on youtube for a long time, but now I cant find the full movie, which could mean that Hammer is going to finally license this film for dvd/blu ray release.

  • Vince Abbruzzese

    October 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Good review James, my favorite so far!

  • Pablo1989

    October 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    As bening cat lover im stuned. tottaly agree that fire window jump are EPIC!, how small pet can make so much damage 🙂 or bening so cruel hehe.

  • Crystal Claire

    October 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I would kind of like to track down pretty much all of the films James talked about in this particular Monster Madness video; I love the Poe story The Black Cat and like seeing different adaptations of it.

  • October 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    James please review Saw, Dead Silence, and Silent Night

  • Chauncey1

    October 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    so far so good, im still liking monster madness. i hope an avgn episode comes out to celebrate halloween. if he has the time.

  • October 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Why it doesn’t do any sence the fact that his owner give the cat the souls of the dead? Its right there james the souls that he feeds to the animal go berserk against the others,i would surelly be really upset as a soul if that hapened to me as well.Like a plot is weak but it was the 80s right? not to mention the film is more to a 70s style but those are to close for comfort i imagine in style.

  • October 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Well, that´s the only entertaining cat video I´ve ever seen.

  • October 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I also wonder how that live cat didn’t make them to shreds after that they did to it in maniac,the cats are ferocious when they treeat to them like that.

  • Adam White

    October 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    When are we going to get the Masters of Horror series? Please.

  • low_tone1

    October 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Lucio Fulci does not get the credit he deserves. What he did with gore and atmosphere was something I have not seen often in movies today, though modern films certainly have their strengths. I just bought Zombie (aka Zombie 2) (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters), and I’m really excited to watch it. I’ll have to find The Black Cat also. This one does look pretty good.

    Also, James, thanks for including a quick reference to the other Black Cat movies. I was not aware of the Price film, and it looks awesome! Thanks again.

    • October 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Zombi 2 is a classic. One of my favorite Lucio Fulci films is “The Beyond”. One of his previous films, “City of the Living Dead”, was rumored to have the last reel of film containing the ending accidentally destroyed when someone spilled coffee on it.

      • low_tone1

        October 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        I haven’t seen The Beyond yet, but it looks interesting. It’s listed in many horror reviews as one of his best works, which is consistent with reviews form friends who have seen it. Fulci has a style all his own, and the more films I see, the more I come to appreciate his work.

  • October 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Actually con tales of terror. they mix up two different stories, the black car and the cask of amontillado, on which two man obsessed with wine have a confrontation where one of them buries the other alive behind a brick wall on a crypt.

  • Night-X

    October 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Think that Tales from the Darkside movie had the same thing about a black cat killing or was it Creepshow that had it. Can’t remember at this time.

  • DanceOf TheMidnightCandles

    October 9, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    The Peter Lorre and Vincent Price story resembles more The Cask Of Amontillado.

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 10, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Aww, look at the kitty.

  • John Ra

    October 10, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Why does he keep saying my name?
    Is the nerd trying to pronounce genre??

  • Shaun Sprouse

    October 10, 2014 at 2:32 am

    i think from what i saw of it, “tales of terror” is more based on ‘cask of amontillado’ than ‘the black cat’.

  • tonyaj420

    October 10, 2014 at 3:33 am

    That looks based on Cask of Amontilado

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I remember the !981 version from when I was a kid, but the Vincent Price one looks way better. Thanks!

  • ryan smith

    October 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    do korean godzilla!!

  • ryan smith

    October 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    north korean godzilla!

  • Don Skiver

    October 11, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Dude I just noticed that the eyeball they took out of the cat in “Maniac” is a standard human-looking round pupil eyeball, not a cat looking slit pupil eyeball. Still fucking gross how he ate it though.


      October 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      A cat’s eye is a delicacy in some countries.

  • October 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    What about the “Masters of Horror” episodes The Black Cat?

  • Cilliandrew

    October 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Haha.. you THINK the cat is nothing but dust, James, but….wait…what is that scratching at the door behind you? Do you dare go and check it out……?

  • ZomboCombo

    October 13, 2014 at 1:59 am

    so the one with Vincent Price combined The Cask of Amontillado with The Black Cat?

  • October 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Nice! Can you do a review on Audition? It’s a very messed up movie.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Awesome Stuff!!!!!

  • sirensofsilence

    October 14, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Oh my gaaaahhhhd! I will never sleep again after seeing that cat’s eye coming out. Never.

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

    the last part was creepy but I liked it !!! Nice review another movie to see in my bucket list ^^!


    October 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Tales of Terror is fucking great. My favorite of the 3 is probably the one James mentioned. It’s hilarious, dark, and genius in it’s writing and acting. Peter lorre and Vincent Price are awesome together. The best quote from the movie “I’m genuinely dedicated to your destruction.”

  • low_tone1

    October 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I watched The Black Cat last night (thanks to hearing about it on Monster Madness…thank you James). I completely agree about the atmosphere. This is not one of Fulci’s best movies, but it does a great deal with a small amount of gore and a lot of ambiance. The scenes taken from the Poe Story are some of the better scenes. They are used effectually and do not feel like a cheap rip-off; however, I don’t think this movie was intended to be a straight adaptation. It feels more like an homage.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

    This movie should be on a double bill with Play Dead.

  • October 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    wasn’t the peter lorre vincent price movie more “Cask of Amontillado” than “Black Cat”? killer flick regardless.

  • ZeroNyx

    December 5, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Tales of Terror looks more like it was based on “The Cask of Amontillado”

  • M. Ryan

    April 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    James, RE: Patrick Magee. He’s an esteemed Irish actor.

  • Andrew DiGiovanni

    January 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    By the way, the Top 15 Burning video is gone. I havn’t seen it yet. What happened to it?

  • gow75

    September 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    review Raw head rex

  • Patrick Hudson

    December 4, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Love this!!! Currently doing a Novel & Film comparison project on The Black Cat and your vids were perfect. I actually watched all of these thanks to this video. Maniac was awesome. Decided to do a big focus on Tales of Terror since I felt like there was a lot to talk about.

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