It's not a bad film, but suffers a little from a lack of clarity around what is actually happening. There's a black cat (of course) which seems to have a propensity to attack those around it, scratching hands and faces and causing maximum damage for very little provocation. I think I would have had the beast tracked down and put down to be honest, but here it wanders through the plot with scarcely anyone paying it much attention until it attacks them.
There is a strong film here struggling to escape from the script which is vague and meandering, and perhaps is showing a few Giallo roots wherein atmosphere and event takes the place of plot and progression (ie things happen for apparently no reason). Which is a shame as Fulci does a good job of piling on the atmosphere and Magee is excellent in the lead - his voice is very creepy and adds a lot to the feeling of dread that the film starts to build up.
Among the extras are a couple with Film Historian Stephen Thrower who discusses the film and visits the locations. The location piece is actually lovely, and it's nice to see the 'then and now' comparisons, but someone should have told Thrower not to say 'Errm' every second. It's so jarring and is very distracting. On the studio-bound discussion, I notice that he seems to be cut every couple of seconds, perhaps to remove the majority of these 'Errms' and 'Arrrs'? But some still remain. A shame as he seems very knowledgeable about the subject ... but not a natural performer for camera.
A final note: the DVD set from Arrow also contains the film Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, but this was not provided for review.
YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY:
THE BLACK CAT: