August 21, 2015

The End of The Horror Cats?

After four long years, it's time for The Horror Cats to take a well deserved nap.

With nearly 400 posts (and more than three times that number of screencaps and cat appearances noted), there are simply no more cats in horror movies and television left to celebrate.

Apart from one, that is: Ser Pounce from the excellent "Game of Thrones" TV series. One last feline actor of note, even if he doesn't really do anything. He's a cat, so what do you expect?


We did intentionally omit three movies (which have strikethroughs in the A-Z) due to the subject matter, but other bloggers have mentioned them recently and spared us from the unhappiness. Nobody wants to see cruelty to animals whether it's fake or not, certainly not us.

As this is the final post for a while, The Horror Cats wish to take this opportunity to give a long overdue shoutout to the other bloggers who share our obsession.

Linda Kay's Cinema Catshttp://www.cinemacats.com – has received the baton (not to mention the catnip mouse) and will continue to collect together the notable (and not so notable) feline actors in ALL genres of movies and television. It's a very entertaining and informative site. Check it out!


Anne Billson's Cats on Filmhttp://www.catsonfilm.net – hasn't been updated recently, but it's also full of interesting information and high-resolution pictures.

Additionally, there have been quite a few blog posts about cats in horror movies.

Our allies at The Horror Club have some "Horror Cats" articles:
10 Horror Cats that need your attention right meow!
10 more Horror Cats that need your attention right meow!
The 10 Horror Cats have returned!

Dr Blood's Video Vault has several rather amusing Top Ten lists:
The Top Ten Creepiest Catladies
The Top Ten Most Evil Cat Deaths
The Top Ten Most Heroic Cats
The Top Ten Scariest Cats
The Top Ten Sexiest Catgirls

And various other bloggers have continued to add more of the same:
Paws for thought – 20 Horror Cats
Feline Fear! Cats in Horror Films
5 Films With Cat Based Horror Mayhem
Pleasing Siamese Cats in Film TV Books
CATS; often faked-up or badly dubbed in movies

Last, but certainly not least, is our good friend Nicholas Tana, the creator of Hell's Kittyhttp://www.horrorcats.com and http://hellskitty.com – a fantastic horror-comedy webseries, comicbook, and upcoming movie featuring a possessed cat and her caregiver's struggle to find a girlfriend.

R.I.P. Angel, the star of the Hell's Kitty show, who sadly passed away last month.


Since everyone already knows that the internet is powered by cats, there have been scores of YouTube videos, forum posts, Facebook groups, and now there's even a documentary dedicated to "Cats in Horror Movies" (as a special feature included in Arrow's Vincent Price blu-ray collection). It's certainly not like there aren't enough cats to go around!!!

It's great that so much interest still remains in this extremely niche subject. What's even better is that there may be a couple of new horror movies featuring cats in significant roles again eventually.

For now, however, we're feeling very tired. We're going to eat a bag of tuna treats, drink some milk, and snuggle down in our baskets.

Meow!

August 20, 2015

Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)


These briefly shown feral cats aren't actors. They actually live in the Colosseum in Rome in real life.

Having pointed them out, Gabriella Francini (Diane Venora) reminds Stone Alexander (Noah Huntley) of the seemingly obvious historical fact that lions and tigers and Christians were all in the Colosseum two-thousand years ago.

Although animal fights are known to have been staged in the Colosseum, there is no historical record of damnatio ad bestias ever occurring there.

August 19, 2015

Doppelganger (1993)

Nathan


Patrick Highsmith's cat Nathan is soon spotted by his potential housemate Holly Gooding (Drew Barrymore). At first, it looks like she doesn't like cats.


Once Patrick (George Newbern) explains that Nathan makes his own clothes and is mostly an outdoors cat, things seem to improve.


Sadly, Nathan's time enjoying the kitchen counter is not to last. The poor tabby doesn't make it to the end of the movie either.

August 18, 2015

Amnesiac (2015)


A home video which shows two cats on top of a fence (before the black and white one is cuddled by its very young owner) sets the scene for things to come.


The black and white cat enjoys Christmas in more vintage footage.


In the present day, two ginger toms tuck into a pot roast dinner which is provided for them by a character known only as Woman (Kate Bosworth).


Apparently, Woman is a veterinarian and also has another cat to cuddle.


The gingers, who are meowing and frantically scratching at a cupboard in the basement, lead Man (Wes Bentley) to a shocking discovery.

August 14, 2015

The Mummy Lives (1993)


Beware of Egyptian doctors bearing gifts, especially when Dr. Mohassid (Tony Curtis) is the reincarnated high priest Aziru and his gift is a ginger cat!


The cat seems friendly enough to start with.


But that's really no way to hold a cat!


You might just get your eyes scratched out!

"The Mummy Lives" was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's story "Words with a Mummy".

August 9, 2015

Hide and Seek (2005)

Sebastian


The Callaways have a cat, and Emily (Dakota Fanning) loves him.


After getting a noisy but hard to see "cat in the closet" jump scare, David (Robert De Niro) perhaps doesn't love Sebastian quite so much.


Sebastian only makes two more appearances. He lounges by the fireplace and later watches David clean his teeth.


Tragically, Sebastian doesn't make it to the end of the film alive. Emily's imaginary friend Charlie is the suspected murderer.

Three grey Main Coon-mix cats (trained by Animal Actors, Inc.) played the part of Sebastian.

August 8, 2015

The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994)


When Susan Enright (Ally Sheedy) returns to ask Lorraine Adler (Maxine Stuart) if she will change her mind about selling the house, it's obvious that there's something wrong. Not only is the front door left open, but Lorraine's ginger cat is seen sitting on the kitchen table eating a pie.

According to Humane Hollywood, "The pie was actually cat food placed in a pie tin."

August 6, 2015

Tomcat: Dangerous Desires (1993)


From the title of this cheesy erotic-thriller, you can be sure that there are plenty of cats and cat references throughout.


First, there's the laboratory cat whose brain cells are harvested by scientist Jacki (Maryam d'Abo) to cure Tom (Richard Grieco) of his inherited genetic illness.


Second, Tom's new girlfriend Imogen (Natalie Radford) shares a Siamese cat. Despite claiming, "I'm keeping the cat!" when she breaks up with Dale (Sean Orr), Imogen forgets to take the cat with her when she hurriedly packs her things and leaves Dale's house.


Last but not least, two black and white cats watch Tom and Imogen play a potentially deadly game of hide and seek in a lumber mill near the end. Tom hisses at the cats and gets a hiss back from one as a reply.

Although Tom's character and infidelity are reminiscent of Guillaume De Marchaux from The Twilight Zone's "Cat and Mouse" (1989) episode, the story is completely different. "Tomcat" is more of a Frankenstein-genre movie at its core.

August 4, 2015

Apaches (1977)


Unlike all the annoying children in this infamous British public information film from the late '70s, the farm cat remains completely unscathed during their game of hide and seek.

Although there are no more cats in it, you can watch the full public domain version of "Apaches" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0GyRz_lOQA.