Category Archives: Suspense

Malicious (1995)

Malicious poster

Keystone Pictures
Starring:
 Molly Ringwald, Patrick McGaw
Directed by: Ian Corson

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: College baseball star Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) has a brief affair with a medical student named Melissa Nelson (Molly Ringwald). But when Doug’s girlfriend returns from a trip he tries to break it off with Melissa. Not so easy to do!

Featured Feline: Doug lives at home with his widowed mother (Mimi Kuzyk) and a gray cat (whose name is not mentioned, which is never a good sign). The cat is first seen in two scenes sitting by Doug’s answering machine and listening to the message of “You know what to do when you hear the beep!”

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - close up of gray cat

Later the cat is lying on Doug’s lap as he works on college homework.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw at desk

Doug gets a call from his girlfriend Laura (Sarah Lassez) but they are interrupted when Melissa also calls Doug. He tries to juggle the two calls before finally getting rid of Melissa and sitting down on a chair with the cat to finish his conversation with Laura.

Malicious - gray cat being picked up by Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Later in the film Melissa breaks into Doug’s house and drugs him. She approaches the cat, petting and then picking it up.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on fireplace bricks

Malicious - gray cat being petted on fireplace bricks

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course in the next scene Laura wakes up and goes into her bathroom to find the cat murdered and hanging on the back of the bathroom door. The dead cat is clearly fake but this is just another example of a poor cat being the victim of a crazy killer to set the tone of the film.

Malicious - gray cat being lifted from fireplace bricks

Final Mewsings: Cats really don’t know what to do when they hear the beep.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Night and the City (1950)

Night and the City poster

Twentieth Century-Fox Productions
Starring:
 Richard Widmark, Googie Withers
Directed by: Jules Dassin

Synopsis: Con man Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) is always looking for the next great opportunity and gets in way over his head when he tries to take over the wrestling circuit in London.

Purr Blur: In one scene the wife of Harry’s boss, Helen Nosseross (Googie Withers), is walking down an alley. In the background a cat can be seen lapping water from the ground.

Night and the City - cat drinking water from ground as Helen Googie Withers walks through alley

Night and the City - cat drinking water from ground as Helen Googie Withers walks through alley

Final Mewsings: Sometimes cats can’t be picky about where they drink.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this very quick kitty for us!


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Frantic (1988)

Frantic poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner
Directed by: Roman Polanski

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Dr. Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) is confused and desperate when his wife mysteriously disappears from their Paris hotel room.

Kitty Cameo: During his long and exasperating search for his wife, Dr. Walker ends up at the apartment of a man named Dede. He waits for an answer to his knock at the door then realized the door is open and looks inside. A gray cat is sitting on the arm of a couch as he enters.

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment behind Dr. Walker Harrison Ford

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment as Dr. Walker Harrison Ford enters

The cat jumps down and heads for the door but Dr. Walker puts out his foot to keep the cat from going out, closing the door.

Frantic - gray cat heading for door of apartment

After finding a shocking discovery, Dr. Walker leaves the apartment in a hurry and the door slowly opens again, letting the cat out.

Frantic - gray cat walking towards open door of apartment

Later Dr. Walker returns to the building and is sitting in the dark waiting for someone to arrive. The gray cat sits nearby, looking at him.

Frantic - gray cat sitting by stairs in the dark

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being shut in.


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