In this sensual and violent horror tale, Irena Gallier (Nastassia Kinski) has a dark family secret, one that resurfaces dramatically when she reconnects with her estranged brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell).
Living with her sibling in New Orleans, Irena finds herself enamored with zoologist Oliver Yates (John Heard), even as her brother makes his own advances toward her. It's not long before the dark and dangerous curse of the Gallier clan rears its feline head.
- " Kinski was essential to the film as conceived, and she's endlessly watchable. " – Variety Staff
- " It almost feels like an artist mythologising his own hang-ups through the framework of fantasy fiction. " – Josh Slater-Williams
- " An appropriately strange beast-part moody, sex-saturated art film, and part slick genre fare. " – Nathan Rabin