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Saturday & Monday: "Cat People"

Saturday & Monday: "Cat People"

June 4, June 6

No no no still-mourning David Bowie fans, this is not the 1982 Paul Schrader remake, perhaps best known for its theme song, a Giorgio Moroder-produced David Bowie howl of a ballad (later used in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"). This is the 1942 original, which is equally creepy and stylish, though much more understated. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, this movie about a man who marries a woman who he thinks can turn into a cat—like all horror, it is often about male ego bullshit and paranoia—leaves nearly all of its scares up to subtle cinematic tracks and eerie shadows. It's very much in the spirit of brilliant cheapo movies that do a lot with a little, and if you give into its askew rhythms and modesty, you'll enjoy a singularly scary exploration of mood and atmosphere. 11:30 a.m. on June 4, 7 p.m. on June 6, the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $7.50 matinee, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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