Friday, December 23, 2011

hocus pocus (1993)

Thackery Binx.
Three witches from Salem turn a young boy into a cat. Three hundred years later they are brought back to life and the cat helps three children defeat them.

the good, the bad, and the ugly (1966)

Large One.
Blondie (Clint Eastwood) is on the hunt for Tuco (Eli Wallach), and whilst waiting makes pals with a kitten.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

ace ventura: pet detective (1994)

When Ace arrives home and signals the all clear, all his pets come out from hiding, including two cats. Unfortunately this is the only time they appear.

eight legged freaks (2002)

A house cat decides to tangle with some mutated (and huge) spiders in the dry wall. Safe to say he comes off worst.

please murder me (1956)

A husband returns home for make or break talks about his crumbling marriage, walking into the bedroom, he unceremoniously picks the cat off the bed and helps it out of the door. We then watch the cat as it composes itself, only to be startled when it hears a gun shot, and bolts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

the undead (1957)

A medieval witch who likes nothing better than to shapeshift into the form of a cat, and who wouldn't want to do that, in this early Roger Corman outing.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

diamonds are forever (1971)

James Bond kills arch nemesis Ernst Blofeld, but when Blofelds cat is chased off by another cat he realises he's only killed a look-a-like.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the hitch-hiker (1953)

Film noir where two men are terrorised by an escaped convict they have the misfortune to pick up. Near the end of their journey, the convict attempts to escape using a boat. When he arrives at the pier, he's met by a tabby on the prowl, more heard than seen in the darkness.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

last house on the left (1972)

Viseral horror, due to its almost documentary like realness. An early scene shows the killers hideout, complete with disinterested cat. Surprisingly unlike most horror films, nothing bad happens to the cat.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

seven dead in the cat's eye (1973)

Someone is murdering members of the MacGrieff family, all witnessed by a lazy cat, in this stylish but mediocre Giallo.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

critters (1986)

A young boys pet cat hides away when some very hungry extraterrestrials turn up at the house, in this fun creature feature.

Friday, October 21, 2011

night of the demon (1957)

A Satanist puts a curse on a scientist investigating his cult. When the scientist breaks into the Satanists home, he's met by a black cat that turns into a leopard and attacks him, then back into a harmless cat.
Grimalkin is an old English word for an old or evil-looking female cat, though interestingly the cat in this story is referred to as male.

Previously in the film a different cat appears, on a window ledge as the scientist drives past.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

truck turner (1974)

A down and out is seen watching a cat scavenge in the titles.

Truck (Isaac Hayes) gets annoyed at his cat when he realises that his last clean shirt has been used as a litter tray.
Unfortunately for Francis that's the least of his worries as a hit is put out on Turner, and Francis is used as a warning.

To win his girlfriend back he makes amends by buying her another cat.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

the cat and the canary (1929)

The only cats that appear through out this early version of the classic tale, are in a montage at the begining of the film.

your vice is a locked room and only i have the key (1972)

A writer torments his wife whilst leading a dissolute lifestyle. His life comes crashing down when the police suspect him of a series of murders, all played out in front of his black cat named Satan, 'the only intelligent critter around.' His wife takes against the cat and is determined to get rid of it, but the moral of the story is don't mess with a cat.

the fifth element (1997)

Sci-fi featuring action hero Bruce Willis, who comes home each night to his pet cat, who spends all day watching tv and waiting to be fed.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clash of the titans (1981)

Greek epic adventure, where Ammon gives Persius a cloak fit for the heir of a kingdom, Unfortunately he had been using as a cat blanket! This scene features many cats as background artists.

I, Robot (2004)

Sci-fi crime thriller were Will Smith is a detective investigating a possible murder. Whilst searching a house, a demolition robot starts to knock it down, and the detective stops just long enough to rescue a tabby from being splattered.

the undefeated (1969)

Cowboy flick, with the unusual sight of the cook with a pet cat, who from the looks of it gets better fed than the cowboys.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

four sided triangle (1953)

The film opens on typical rural English scenes, including a typical farmyard, complete with cat lazing in the sun.

fright (1972)

A girl turns up for a babysitting job, and is introduced to her ward for the evening. The mother then admonishes her husband when she notices their cat sat in the cot with the kid. Unfortunately that's not the worst thing that happens to the cat, as later we hear it being killed by an escaped lunatic.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 are aweful (1972)

A pair of Italian hitmen are tasked to protect a conman. In one scene they wait, one cuddling a cat, which they use to distract a passing milkman with.

Monday, August 15, 2011

the postman always rings twice (1946)

A couple plan to murder her husband, whilst having an affair, but the is plan spoilt when a cat gets involved. Unfortunately its curiousity gets the better of it and it shorts out the electricity by jumping on the electrical points. Cue one frazzled cat. "Cats are poor dumb things" comments a local policeman knowingly.

house of a thousand dolls (1967)

An American doctor gets mixed up in murder and white slavery. Whilst questioning a photographer, his cat protests at the disturbance. So a detective comforts it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

darby o'gill and the little people (1959)

An Irishman, pits his wits against the King of the Leprechauns, and uses Ginger to frighten the king into giving him three wishes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

to catch a thief (1955)

Cary Grant plays an ex-jewel thief nicknamed the cat. He has to come out of retirement to capture someone who is copying his style and ruining his life. Happily his house is also home to a beautiful black cat.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

war of the worlds (1953)

Martians have overrun America and as LA is being evacuated, a mob descends, rioting and looting. A ginger cat watchs and does the only sensible thing - runs. Ann Robinson in the audio commentary on the dvd comments at this point 'there goes Morris'.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

the beach girls and the monster (1965)

Man searches for clues to the monster in a dark tunnel. Yep you guessed it - he's startled by a cat! It's how they get their kicks you know, frightening unsuspecting humans.

Friday, July 29, 2011

count dracula's great love (1974)

Standard black cat leaps at a character to shock them moment, in this routine Spanish horror. Do cats always leap five feet into the air when someone opens a door?

the doomsday machine (1976)

Woman uses an unusual technique to distract a security guard and his guard dog - she throws a cat over the wall! What happened to the tried and tested piece of steak or sausages?

Friday, July 22, 2011

blood tide (1982)

A young couple who are exploring the Greek islands are startled when some kids throw a cat at them! The cat is obviously less than happy with this turn of events, as was I when I realised how bad this film was!

Monday, July 4, 2011

pet sematary II (1992)

Jeff is spooked by a cat whilst exploring an animal hospital, and finds a kindle of kittens.

One escapes and goes exploring, only to find a dog, and almost becoming lunch. Jeff subsequently adopts him and calls it Tiger. Stupidly he then takes the kitten to school and has it stolen and left in the pet sematary by the school bully. Whilst Tiger is saved, his sisters are not so lucky, becoming lunch for a zombie dog.

men in black (1997)

An alien's pet, on whom he has concealed a galaxy disguised as a cat's collar.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

the long memory (1953)

A man falsely sent down for murder is released, and heads off to find those that purjered themselves to accuse him. He arrives at one man's house just as he is putting out the cat.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

maniac (1934)

A pseudo educational exploitation film, that is so bad its bad. It features Satan the cat in a pivital role. Who at a crucial time eats a human heart destined for a patient.
Satan then ends up bricked up in a wall, but only after having one of his eyes squeezed out and eaten by the Dr's assistant...

Plenty of other cats feature, mostly fighting or chasing rats. This one has just listened to a man explaining that he is breeding cats for their fur, getting the cats to eat the rats that are plaguing his house. The cats are in turn skinned and fed to the rats...

i cover the waterfront (1933)

A shore front reporter investigating a trawlerman he suspects of smuggling human cargo into the US. As part of his investigation he becomes romantically involved with the fisherman's daughter. She fantasises about them settling down and getting a cat. Near the end when she realises he has betrayed her trust she finds a stay cat and names her Jenny.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

babel (2006)

A pet cat lounges, but is disturbed by the doorbell going, alerting her deaf owner that there is someone at the door.

the golden compass (2007)

Lord Asriel's daemon spirit, a snow leopard.

Lyra's daemon, being young can shape shift, sometimes settling on the shape of a cat.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

bowery at midnight (1942)

Crime boss buries his victims in a special graveyard. Whilst showing a new associate around he catches a black cat using a grave as a litter tray, and snaps at a minion;
"Doc, how often have I told you to keep that cat from desecrating my graves."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

the lost world (1925)

A leopard takes exception to an expedition trapsing through his jungle.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

buffy the vampire slayer (1992)

A disappointed vampire heads to his room for a late night snack, a kitten!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

atom age vampire (1963)

A woman goes down to the docks looking for her boyfriend, who is a sailor. Who happens to be using the place as his own private playground? Yep a kitty.

ace ventura: when nature calls (1995)

Even Buddist monks get annoyed by Ace, and they are so eager to get Ace out of the Ashram, they pack his cat for him!