Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Black Alibi

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 16 Feb 2008

There is no supernatural agency in *The Leopard Man*, although it is certainly spooky.

*The Seventh Victim *is a very impressive film, as most of Lewton's efforts are (probably all of the nine "horror" films). I've been immersing myself in the series; I'm about half-way through. I recently re-watched *Cat People
*for the first time in many years, and simply marveled at Tourneur's poetic, moody direction.

Mark Harris

On 2/16/08, JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> Christina,
> Re your question below:
> "Tourneur's adaptation of the story is generally
> categorized as horror, isn't it?"
> Very often, it is. It was certainly a production of
> Val Lewton's horror division at RKO (Lewton also did
> classics).
> Lewton, however, was something of a insurrectionist,
> and not all of the "horror" movies he produced had a
> supernatural or science fiction element (presuming you
> regard such elements as a prerequisite of horror).
> THE SEVENTH VICTIM, for example, is about a group of
> devil worshippers trying to kill a former member, but
> Satan takes no direct hand in the proceedings, and it
> could just as easily be classified as crime or
> suspense.
> I haven't seen THE LEOPARD MAN, but, if there's no
> supernatural element, it's probably another of those
> "is-you-is-or-is-you-ain't" kinda things Lewton did.
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