The Black Cat is a 1966 American horror film written and directed by Harold Hoffman for Falcon International and loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of the same name.
The film stars Robert Frost, Robyn Baker, Sadie French, Scotty McKay, Bill Thurman (also in Larry Buchanan and S.F. Brownrigg movies) and was filmed in Texas. In the US, it was released by Hemisphere Pictures on a double-bill with Filipino horror movie The Blood Drinkers (1964).
A mentally unbalanced man is obsessed with the idea that a black cat is possessed. He tortures and kills it. Later, he comes to believe that the cat has returned from the dead to kill him…
“Joe Kelly, manager of Meiselman’s Palm Drive-In in Miami, earns a citation for his promotion of the horror duo The Blood Drinkers and The Black Cat. His ad, ‘Free admission to all bringing black cats,’ not only brought 60 persons with cats, but three Humane Society agents with investigative interests.” Boxoffice, 8/14/67 (via Temple of Schlock)
“It’s tense and gritty black and white film that doesn’t feature as much sleaze as you might expect, instead going for uncomfortable shocks. Great surf and garage soundtrack, too.” Paul Corupe, Letterboxd.com
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