Friday, October 7, 2016

Cat's Eye (1985)

IMDb plot summary: A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
Directed by Lewis Teague. Starring Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Robert Hays, and Alan King.

This movie is tremendously weird. I really knew nothing about it going in, not even that it was by Stephen King, but it certainly *felt* like Stephen King -- ideas that made me laugh out loud with how ridiculous they were and enjoy the silly tenseness of it. This movie fully lands on the "delightfully campy" side of King, which is where I tend to like him best. This is the kind of movie where of COURSE there's a weird little goblin in someone's wall and of COURSE people are throwing severed heads at each other.

My favorite of the three stories in this anthology is by far the first one, which was also the only one I felt to really have an element of plausible tension to it. It was bizarre but it felt consistent. Just because other two weren't tense didn't mean they weren't enjoyable, however. Such an odd but fun little film, and a fitting one for the month of October.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Cat's Eye > Music Within
Cat's Eye < Children of Men
Cat's Eye < The Village
Cat's Eye > Revolutionary Road
Cat's Eye > October Sky
Cat's Eye < Knight and Day
Cat's Eye > Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Cat's Eye < Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
Cat's Eye < Smiles of a Summer Night
Cat's Eye < The Ring
Cat's Eye < V for Vendetta
Cat's Eye < The Miracle Worker
Final spot: #1001 out of 2516.

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