Content Locked for Slate Plus members

Cat People (1942)

Despite its corny premise, this Jacques Tourneur–Val Lewton collaboration remains creepy and horrifying because of what it chose to leave off-screen.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the horror film Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Canyon Passage (1946)
Stars in My Crown (1950)
Nightfall (1957)
Out of the Past (1947)
The Leopard Man (1943)
Curse of the Cat People (1944)
West Side Story (1961)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Haunting (1963)
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Birds (1963)
Batman Returns (1992)
Carol (2015)
Black Christmas (1974)
Spellbound (1945)
It Follows (2015)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
The Man in the Shadows (2008)

On the next episode: The Coen Brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).

Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com.

Production by Chau Tu.

Correction, Oct. 18, 2020: This page originally misspelled Val Lewton’s last name.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

All episodes


  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.