This is the “sequel” to the excellent film Cat People. Before I continue with this review you may want to check my review for Cat People out first. Otherwise the synopsis of the plot will make no sense to you. Even though the main characters of Irena, Ollie, and Alice return this movie has very little if nothing in to do with the first film. It is years after the events of Cat People, Ollie and Alice are now married and have a young daughter. She is a very bright young girl with a very active imagination. It is this imagination that scares her father Ollie, who believes that Irena killed herself because she believed that she was turning into the cat. During this time Amy, the daughter, finds a picture of Irena that Ollie has been keeping. She asks her mother tells her the woman’s name and little else. Soon we see that Amy has an imaginary friend named Irena (played by Simone Simon the actress who played Irena in the first film!) that looks just like the woman in the picture. Throw in an elderly former actress and her estranged daughter and we have the makings for a disaster.
I’m not really fond of this movie at all. I’m a huge fan of Cat People and was looking forward to this attempt to continue the story. In truth this is a completely different film that just happens to have the same characters in it. The returning cast is just as good as they were in the first film especially Simone Simon. She isn’t given much to work with, but she still manages to light up the screen. Gone are the creepy moments that made the first film so enjoyable and powerful. Here they are replaced with the fanciful imaginings of a child. This movie is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Cat People by casting the same actors in a completely different type of film.
Rating - *
-John "El Juan" Shatzer