Oliver learns there is more to Irena than meets the eye as she believes that when she is in passion's grip she will transform into a panther herself, much like the curse from her homeland. Oliver sends Irena to be cured from her fears by psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd (Tom Conway) as their marriage begins to suffer as a consequence.
Cat People could have easily been one of those films that involved amateurish camera tricks but Tourneur was able to resist this temptation and created a film that becomes more of a psychological thriller than a film of pure horror. There are no scenes of blood, but a few scenes of death with Tourneur happy to let his audience use their imagination with some truly genius uses of sound and shadow.
A surprisingly enjoyable film.