This Day in Halloween: Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur's original "Cat People" premieres in New York in 1942. / Illustration by Noah Ayub
Cat People premieres in New York in 1942. The influential low-budget horror film is provocative for its topic of women’s sexuality and innovative for its use of lighting, atmosphere and the first jump scare. It joined the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993.