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Two of classic Hollywood’s most sophisticated and singular stylists lend their distinctive sensibilities to these sharp-clawed tales of feline terror. Produced by legendary B-movie maverick Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur, CAT PEOPLE—about a woman who believes that arousal will turn her into a killer panther—redefined the possibilities of horror cinema with its emphasis on moody shadow play and unsettling psychological ambiguity. Like Lewton, Albert Lewin was an erudite aesthete whose outré films blend the mythic and the surreal to delirious effect, as seen in the fascinating Mexican production THE LIVING IDOL, in which a young woman is seemingly terrorized by the vengeful spirit of a demonic Mayan jaguar.