Paul Schrader’s Cat People and Light Sleeper

Paul Schrader’s Cat People and Light Sleeper

There are many films through which Paul Schrader tried to bring forth some particular social or religious agendas. Two such all time great creations by director Paul Schrader are Cat People (1982) and Light Sleeper (1992).Cat People (1982)
‘Cat People’ was directed by Paul Schrader and is based on the film with the same title released in 1942. Unlike its prequel, this version directed by Paul is more cinematic and has a lot to say like his other movies. Cat People is an erotic horror movie about a woman who discovers that her sexual urges turn her into a monstrous black leopard. This remake of the 1942 classic originated way back in time when humans used to sacrifice their women to leopards to be mated with them. Cat people look like Humans but it becomes essential for them to mate with their own kind.‘Cat People’ casts Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and John Heard. Other actors included in the film are Annette O’Toole, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr, John Larroquette, and Jerry Bruckheimer. The film apparently displays a similar kind of passion and a sexual chic brought to the explicit horror movie like the director’s similar creation, American Gigolo. But more than a mere sexual appetite and activity of a human feline, this movie cuts deep into the soul and psyche of the entire human race. Schrader’s films are not exactly what they seem. They have a lot more to cater to its audience and this is one of the main reasons for the limited number of viewers for any movie directed by Schrader (IMDB, “Cat People”).More than a remake of the 1942 version, this film explores and tickles at a thought about which any average human is ignorant. Cat People have a particular motif behind. Cat People explore “Animal in Us All”. The lovers in the movie are more than a lover and less than human. This puzzling exploration forms the basic motif and theme of the film.

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