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.
Dennis O'Keefe Jean Brooks James Bell Abner Biberman Ariel Heath Ben Bard Margo Isabel Jewell Margaret Landry Kate Lawson Tuulikki Paananen Fely Franquelli Brandon Hurst Richard Martin Bobby Spindola Belle Mitchell Eliso Gamboa John Dilson Mary MacLaren John Piffle Ottola Nesmith Jacques Lory George Sherwood William Halligan Jacqueline DeWitt Robert J. Anderson Russell Wade Betty Roadman Rene Padrini Show All…
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…
Of starving artists and clawed maidens, Val Lewton’s showbiz perspective: "Our first big break, and we throw wild animals at the audience." A languid dolly shot down a corridor followed by a quick lateral pan links two nightclub performers in separate dressing rooms, and the introductory thread in the intricate pattern of destiny, guilt and connectedness is woven. The setting is a New Mexico town, rattled by the press agent’s idea gone awry: A black leopard, brought in to enhance a chanteuse’s act but frightened away by a rival dancer’s castanets. Three women are slain before the mystery is solved, each made vividly human with one or two beautiful strokes, each filmed by Jacques Tourneur in her own mini-masterpiece of…
Cats are funny, mister. They don't want to hurt you, but if you scare them they go crazy.
- Charlie How-Come
This one feels quite like Cat People in terms of narrative, the story tells us of a leopard that escapes it masters during a publicity stunt and the murders which begin to occur after. It's all just shadows and empty spaces and streets lamps and locked doors; Tourneur is most definitely a master of atmosphere and tension and there are so many moments here that are simply horrifying. The link between past and present is important, history will always repeat itself and violence is a recurring cycle. The Leopard Man is a lonely film with no lead character that's over before the story feels like it's even half-way done, it came seventeen years before Psycho and Peeping Tom and yet I feel as though it surpasses them in just about everything they set out to do. A serious masterpiece.
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…
An escaped leopard leads to a killing spree in a New Mexican town as the entertainers who freed it try desperately to get to the bottom of things.
There's a lot that's reminiscent of Cat People which I think just edges it as movies go but this one still has Tourneur and Lewton on top of their game. Implying blood where there is none and wringing every bit of tension out of shadows and offscreen noises. Considering it features a bunch of women introduced a few minutes before their deaths it also does very well in characterising them all and making you care what happens. The New Mexican setting adds even more character to a film that relies so heavily on it.
I might very well believe that the three film collaboration between Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton (which consists of this film, Cat People, and I Walked With A Zombie) is the peak of cinema. Nothing else I have seen seems to probe so deeply into the psychological force of the image. For Hollywood cinema (particularly b-film, and within that category, particularly horror film) is the site where all that which has been repressed by American society returns. The subconscious of its many constructors leaking into the flickering light of the projector which in turn imprints its polyphonic silent cries onto our own subconscious. In the darkness of the movie-theater—the realm of the imaginary—the screen depicts a phantasm of a phantasm. It is the primordial mirror in which we gaze and in which we find, to our horror, ourselves gazing back.
The Leopard Man is another of producer Val Lewton's remarkable horror pictures.
Publicity man Jerry (Dennis O'Keefe) rents a black leopard (Dynamite, the same leopard used in Cat People) for his nightclub performer girlfriend Kiki (Jean Brooks) to use in her act. After the leopard escapes, deaths begin to occur, but is the leopard to blame or is there a human behind the deaths?
It's one of nine horror films produced by Val Lewton during a four year period as head of RKO's horror unit, which includes other classics like Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People, and Isle of the Dead. RKO would give Lewton a sensationalistic title, and allow him creative control to make a film based…
Probably my least favorite of the Val Lewton- Jacques Tourneur collaborations, yet still a very entertaining and exciting proto-slasher. It is also noticeable how Lewton was already creating strong female characters before it was hip, and I'm not talking about the kind of flawless superhumans marketing departments like to promote, but characters that feel like actual people that have weaknesses and are allowed to make mistakes.
I know a lot of people find this movie a mess because it doesn't seem to settle on just one lead character. And while I have to admit I found this to be a bit jarring at first, I started to like how the focus constantly shifted to the next victim (almost like a…
Now here is a most peculiar affair. Tourneur directs a film that really starts to set the template for so many other genre films to come. Gialli, slashers, and many modern murder mysteries' DNA can be tied to The Leopard Man. Women in a New Mexico town are turning up brutally killed. The first time was an escaped leopard's work, but the others may be a man's. One of the earliest stabs (no pun intended) at depicting serial killings with any shred of realism, and with some nerve-rattling murder set pieces to hammer the point home. And all with the standard proto-noirish flair that came with Lewton's modern-day films. Composer Roy Webb also makes marvelous use of the castenets tied to Margo's character to enhance the mood. The firey clacking is used to haunting effect in the film's climax. All in all, a rather charming & macabre progenitor of so many beloved niche genres.
Lewton and Tourneur team up again to make what is ostensibly the first (American) giallo film, with plenty of dread and chiaroscuro photography. Worth it alone for the underpass sequence.
Vi esta película sin muchas expectativas, ya que la mayoría apuntaban que era inferior a La mujer pantera y a Yo caminé con un Zombie, sin embargo me llevé una grata sorpresa.
Esta es la tercera cinta de Jacques Tourneur, de las mencionadas, de la que podríamos considerar una trilogía de terror de bajo presupuesto.
Sin duda que el principal achaque que se le hace al Hombre Leopardo, es que parece un reciclaje de La mujer pantera, aunque yo no lo veo así.
Este film mezcla muy bien los elementos de intriga, terror y hasta thriller, reduce los elementos fantásticos, y se centra más en los psicológicos, incluso al final se nos da a entender que estuvimos en presencia de…
Mamacita when her daughter is getting eaten alive outside by said leopard: “Let’s get this cornmeal!”
Now I need to go rewatch Cat People. Oh darn.
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