Black Cat (Gatto nero) (1980)

Italy, 1981
35mm film, Technovision, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci.

Plot Summary

In a small English village, psychic researcher miles wanders through fog-enshrouded cemetaries at the dead of night talking to tombstones. American photographer Jill gets involved with a series of strange killings being investigated by a puzzled Inspector Gorley, and is the only one to recognise the strange psychic connection between Miles and his black cat, which seems to be responsible for the ghastly crimes.


Directed by: Lucio Fulci
© [not given on screen]
A Selenia Cinematografica production
Produced by: Giulio Sbarigia
Screenplay by: Biagio Proietti, Lucio Fulci
Story by: Biagio Proietti
Freely Adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Black Cat
Director of Photography: Sergio Salvati
Film Editor: Vincenzo Tomassi
Music Composed by: Pino Donaggio
Sound Recordist: Ugo Celani
Costumes by: Massimo Lentini
Make-up Artist: Franco di Girolamo
Hair Stylist: Maria Pia Crapanzano
Production Designer: Francesco Calabrese

Patrick Magee [Professor Robert Miles]
Mimsy Farmer [Jill Trevers]
David Warbeck [Inspector Gorley]
Al Cliver [real name: Pier Luigi Conti] [Sergeant Wilson]
Dagmar Lassander [Lillian Grayson]
Bruno Corazzari [Ferguson]
Geoffrey Copleston [Inspector Flynn]
Daniela Dorio [real name: Daniela Doria [Maureen]

Alternative Titles

The Black Cat
Le chat noir
– French title
El gato nero
– Spanish title
O Gato Preto
– Portugese title
Il gatto di Park Lane
– working title
Il gatto ner
– early title
Les griffes de la terreur
– alternative French title
Musta kissa
– Finnish title
Het Mysterie van de zwarte kat
– Dutch title



  • Delirium no.4 pp.19-21 – review, credits
  • L'Ecran Fantastique no.21 pp.58-60 – review
  • European Trash Cinema no.13 pp.18-19 – review
  • Famous Monsters no.166 p.71 – review
  • Fangoria no.10 p.61 – review
  • Fangoria no.29 p.12 – review
  • Giallo Guide 1987 – review
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.17 – note
  • Mad Movies no.21 p.39 – review
  • Mad Movies no.22 p.23 – review
  • Popular Video October 1982 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.33 pp.10-11 – review
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.12-13 – illustrated article (The black laboratory of John Llewellyn Probert: The black cat o'nine tales by John Llewellyn Probert)


  • Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.363 – review, credits
  • Beyond Terror by Stephen Thrower pp.278 – review, credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movie 1991-1992 p.151 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.33 – credits
  • Italian Horror 1979-1984 by Jim Harper pp.46-47 – credits, review
  • Spaghetti Nightmares: Italian Fantasy-Horrors as Seen Through the of Their Protagonists by Luca M. Palmerini and Gaetano Mistretta p.164 – credits