It is a horror movie produced by Val Lewton in 1942. It is story of a young Serbian woman, Irena who believes to have originated form a race of people that turned into cats when either sexually aroused or deeply angered. Irena and Oliver, who became her suitor later, are the main characters in the film. Although the movie isn’t as frightening when compared to Slasher movie using shocks and gore but it is frightening in an eerie, mysterious way that is hard to narrate; the screen harbored unseen threats and there was an undertone of sexual danger that was more ominous because it was never acted upon. It heroine is a beautiful woman, Irena that never sleeps nor kisses her lover Oliver in the fears that she would turn into a panther. This marital drought wasn’t something that Oliver was aware of its cause. Instead of Irena revealing the secret to her husband, she continued to give excuses. At one incident Oliver buys her a kitten and she had to request for the exchange of pet for a reason that “cats just don’t like me”. The mystery of lack of sexual intimacy led to Oliver sleeping with Alive, his assistant causing cracks for divorce to develop.
This movie isn’t just a horror with scaring images. Instead, its background contains volumes of lessons that can be jolted down. It is a light used to illuminate what goes on in our capsizing marriages. Most of the time, people date and never reveals some of their “secrets” to their spouses just like Irena. Such relationships are rocked by hardships that seem mysterious. Many questions are raised yet they remain unanswered. Unfaithfulness due to lack of sexual intimacy should not hurt. This is because how Oliver would have lived with a wife that isn’t ready to offer her body to him? It is obvious even if you were Oliver, the attractive Alice would be your rock of refuge. We should let the cat out of the bag before our cat personality ruins everything beautiful about us.