I hate cats they don’t scare me or anything I just don’t like them. I’m highly allergic, plus I dated a girl once that had like 4 or 5 of them. I assume by now she has 26 or so, but that’s beside the point. Cats have always been prominent in horror films, Cat People, Sleepwalkers, Cats Eye, you name it. Anthologies are also quiet popular when it comes to horror films. So why not make an anthology that centers around evil cats. The Uncanny did this back in 1977, and they did it horror icon Peter Cushing.
The Uncanny stars Cushing as Wilber Grey. He’s a writer who has just finished a book about unsolved murders. He believes this murders have all been committed by cats. Of course his publicist thinks he’s insane, so Wilber decides to tell him 3 stories about killer cats, not like walking talking cats, but normal household felines that are responsible for murders.
The first story takes place in the early 1900’s in England. It focuses on an old lady who plans to rewrite her will an leave her vast fortune to her cats. Her maid overhears this plan and tells the women’s son, who she happens to be dating. Naturally this does sit to well with him so he devises a scheme to break into her safe and change her will. Things backfire and the lady ends up dead. Well the cats want their money so they decide to get revenge.
In the Second story we meet a girl named Lucy. Her parents have passed away and she is going to stay with her aunt. She’s bringing her cat, Wellington with her which really upsets her young cousin Angela who is mad because her parents wont let her have her own pet. Angela is essentially an evil brat who delights in getting Lucy and her cat in trouble. She blames them for everything until her parents decide that the cat has to go. They drive it out in the woods and just leave it for dead. Too bad for them her comes back and decided to plan revenge along with Lucy’s help.
The last story focuses on Valentine De’ath, a former Hollywood star who has recently murdered his wife. It doesn’t take him to long to hook up with a new lady who he soon brings back to his home. Problem is his wife’s cat, and her litter of kittens are still living there and they don’t like Valentine. He hates them as well so the stage is set for the cats to get revenge for their beloved owners murder
The second story is my personal favorite, but all three are actually quiet good, None of them are played to serious, yet there not exactly funny either. This is a great example of old school horror in terms of camp value. By today’s standards it’s a bit humorous, but when it was released it was much more of a serious affair. It features great acting so it’s definitely a movie to watch. Severin has done there usual fantastic job with the transfer in terms of both video and audio so the film looks like it was made yesterday as opposed to 1977. Its even got a great making of documentary and the original trailer.
Fans of old school horror films, and anthology based horror films should definitely pick this one up and add it to the collection. It’s a fun film that moves quick and has a few nice jump scares.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!