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I Consider This, like Cat People, A "Horror Noir"


Director Jacques Tourneur is mostly known and loved for what's considered the ultimate Film Noir Melodrama OUT OF THE PAST but I'm more of a fan of his Film Noir that was equal-footed in Horror, which is also called, in conventional standards and before the French gave us all such a cool description/translation, a Thriller...

COTD is, to me, a Horror-Noir wherein Cat People was a Noir-Horror... The investigation with Andrews and the vulnerable ingenue, both Noir-famous actors... he for LAURA and many others, her from GUN CRAZY, and the director we've covered...

Not just the use of shadows and all that, but the imperfections and stubborn/blind determination of Andrews's character marching into a darkness he's warned of, and doomed to perhaps die because of...

Of course because of the beginning and end it's really considered a Horror/Fantasy but anyhow... To me, if enough ingredients add up, well...

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Very insightful. I agree completely; but there is no reason why genres can't be melded. Tourner did that with Cat People and Curse of the Demon (Night of the Demon): noire/fantasy. Blade Runner and Dark City blended film noire with science fiction. All four of these films did this blending to my delight.

I just remembered: HBO did a couple made-for-them movies that turned backstories taken from H. P. Lovecraft with mystery stories featuring a private dick named Lovecraft, one of them titled, "Cast a Deadly Spell." Blending Film Noire and fantasy or sci-fi is an idea that works.

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